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Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists

A Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) is a Registered Nurse (RN) who has completed at least two years of post graduate academic and clinical studies at an accredited Nurse Anesthesia Educational Program and has successfully passed a national qualifying exam in order to use the designation CRNA after his/her name.

CRNAs administer anesthesia for any and all surgical, diagnostic, obstetrical, and interventional procedures in a variety of practice settings, such as hospitals, surgicenters, and office-based practices, in cooperation with physicians, dentists, podiatrists, etc.

CRNAs at Geisinger practice the art and science of the profession as part of an Anesthesia Care Team with the physician anesthesiologists. Duties and responsibilities of this team include the physical assessment of the patient, formation of an anesthesia care plan, induction, maintenance of, and emergence from anesthesia utilizing a variety of anesthetic drugs, as well as invasive and non-invasive monitoring techniques. For more information, see:

American Association of Nurse Anesthetists