Nurse Anesthetist

What does a nurse anesthetist do?

A nurse anesthetist provides anesthesia care for patients before, during and after surgery. They administer medications to keep patients asleep or pain-free during surgery and constantly monitor every important function of the patient's body.

A nurse anesthetist is an advanced practice registered nurse (A.P.R.N.). They must earn a graduate-level degree, complete extensive clinical training and pass a certification exam to practice.

People they work with: Anesthesiologists, doctors, surgeons, dentists and patients of all ages, from infants to the elderly

Where they work: Hospitals, doctors’ offices, surgical clinics, the military, psychiatric institutions, respiratory therapy departments, emergency rooms and outpatient care centers

Career outlook for a nurse anesthetist

Career opportunities for nurse anesthetists are outstanding. The Bureau of Labor Statistics expects employment of nurse anesthetists to grow much faster than average. This is due to an increase in demand for health care services, especially by the large, aging baby-boom population.

With additional training and experience, a nurse anesthetist may move into a managerial or administrative role or go into education.

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