As a Nurse Anesthetist it is your duty to offer care to before and after surgery patients. You will also have to perform other duties, such as administer anesthetic to patients undergoing medical cares, dental care, and obstetrical procedures. You will have to work under a physician, surgeon, dentist or anesthesiologist.
There are various graduate-level education and board certification in anesthesia that earns aspiring anesthesia student certification and a title of Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA). The certification also assist them working as an advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) in Anesthetic field.
There are numerous schools and colleges in United States of America that provide education programs in this field. But, the first step for your education for becoming a Nurse Anesthetist is, to obtain licensure as a registered nurse (RN) by completing Bachelor of Science in nursing. The basic duration of the course is 2 years to 4 years, where you will be instructed on anatomy, physiology, chemistry, and pharmacology. In addition, a Nurse Anesthetist student must also get experience of minimum one year in critical-care.
In order to gain Certification, it is essential to complete an accredited program and pass a national certification exam. The National Boards of Certification and Recertification of Nurse Anesthetists (NBCRNA) govern the Certification and education is governed by the Council on Accreditation (COA) of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs.
If you want to enroll in a Nurse Anesthetist School, you must do a research and find out that school offers accredited programs, reputation of the school, affordable fees structure, your needs, quality of lectures, trainings and others.
The most popular Nurse Anesthetist Schools in America includes:
- Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA
- U.S. Army Graduate Program in Anesthesia Nursing, Fort Sam Houston, TX
- Navy Nurse Corps Bethesda, MD
- Rush University, Chicago, IL
- University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
- Albany Medical College, Albany, NY
- Georgetown University, Washington, DC
- California State University Fullerton/Kaiser School of Anesthesia, Pasadena, CA
- Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences/ Military Nurse Anesthesia Program Bethesda, MD
- University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
- Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX
- Cleveland Clinic Foundation & Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH
- Oakland University & Beaumont Hospital, Rochester, MI
- University of Cincinnati College of Nursing Cincinatti, OH
- Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center (WFUBMC) School of Medicine University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG)