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Is it difficult to become a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthesiologist? What is day to day work life like?

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Susan’s Answer

There are several CRNA programs throughout the US. First of all, you must be an RN. Then, experience in an ICU or equivalent.

In some states, CRNAs can work independently -- for example, in an OR, ambulatory surgery center, plastic surgeon's office, endoscopy clinic, etc. In most states CRNAs work in the anesthesia care team model -- supervised by a physician, usually an anesthesiologist and sometimes a surgeon. There is still a lot of independence in this mode, and it varies from setting to setting.

Depending on your work setting and employer, you may have a good measure of control over your work hours, days, call nights, vacation days, etc. I have worked in three hospitals over my career as an anesthesiologist (MD), and the CRNAs, even in the care team mode, had a lot of control over their schedules. Most of the CRNAs were well-trained and excellent anesthetists.

So, in summary, your work day and work life will depend on where you work and who you work for. In my experience, CRNAs were excellent colleagues and were respected and treated well.

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Estelle’s Answer

CRNAs must first become a registered nurse. After that, they need to get a master's degree in nurse anesthesia. The day is busy working under an anesthesiologist to put patients to sleep for surgeries. You will assist in epidurals for women in labor and post-anesthesia recovery in the PACU.