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CRNA skills are versatile

Certified registered nurse anesthetists are trained to provide anesthesia for all types of surgical and some nonsurgical procedures. This image shows a nurse anesthetist giving a pregnant woman her epidural during labor.

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Anesthesia machine

The anesthesia machine plays a vital role in the daily routine of a certified registered nurse anesthetist. A competent CRNA must be comfortable not only using this machine, but also checking the machine over before each use and troubleshooting any problems.

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Maintaining patient airways

Tracheal intubation is a major part of anesthesia. Providers must maintain control of a patient’s airway at all times. Here is a picture of tracheal intubation equipment, which is very familiar to all CRNAs:

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1-on-1 care

While the operating room is buzzing with activity, the anesthesia nurse stays at the head of the patient at all times, from the beginning to the end of surgery.

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Anesthesia pays well

Anesthesia is the highest paying nursing specialty.

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Find your nursing pathway

Are you a visual learner?  Below is a great infographic that shows some potential pathways toward the nursing career that’s right for you.  Since each state has different licensure laws, you will want to double check your pathway against your state’s current guidelines.

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Intubation dummies

Student registered nurse anesthetists practice endotracheal intubation on dummies before attempting the procedure on people.  This can help calm the SRNAs’ fears and prepare them to work safely on live patients once they reach that point in their education.

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