What Is a CRNA and Why Would You Be One?

Jul 23, 2020

Thanks in no small part to the steady stream of medical shows that populate the television landscape, even people outside of the healthcare field are generally aware of the various specialties that doctors can pursue. What a lot of people don’t realize, however, is that nurses can train for a wide array of specialties as well. In recent years, one of the most popular options for nurses is to become a certified registered nurse anesthetist. But what exactly is a CRNA and what would draw someone into that field?

What Do CRNAs Do?

In short, CRNAs work everywhere that anesthesiologists do, including in hospitals, dentists’ offices, pain management centers and plastic surgeon practices. The role of CRNAs is to help ensure that patients are correctly anesthetized while undergoing medical procedures. Typically, certified registered nurse anesthetists make sure that patients are properly sedated before and during the procedure, and they will often help to manage patients’ pain and recovery after the procedure is complete. As part of their training, CRNAs are required to learn about various types of anesthesia as well as the complications that can arise from them.

Why Do People Become CRNAs?

At present, there are nearly 50,000 CRNAs working in the U.S. So what attracts so many nurses to this specialty? Not surprisingly, many people in the healthcare field become certified registered nurse anesthetists for the money. On average, CRNAs can expect to earn roughly $150,000 a year and, in some cases, they can take home more than $200,000, making it one of the highest-paying specialties that nurses can have.

Additionally, many certified nurses are drawn to the specialty because of the challenges that it presents. Being a CRNA requires highly technical training, a passion for thinking critically, and it is more math- and science-based than some other nursing careers. One potential downside is that most CRNAs don’t get to spend as much time getting to know their patients, so many nurses prefer the personal interaction that other specialties afford. More introverted nurses, on the other hand, find that working as a CRNA is the perfect job for them.

Let Odyssey Staffing Help Find a Position for You

At Odyssey, our placement specialists are committed to helping medical professionals find both permanent and locum tenens positions all across the country. Specifically, we specialize in placing CRNAs, anesthesiologists, PAs and NPs in facilities where their unique skills and experience are needed. Call us today or contact our team online to learn more about our services.

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