Nurse Anesthetist Jobs and Careers

CRNA jobs are among the top jobs in nursing and can be an attractive career path for those who are interested in working as an anesthetist for the long-term. CRNA jobs are readily available at hospitals, surgery centers, and private clinics. As of 2011, approximately two-thirds of rural hospitals in the United States work with CRNAS who serve as the sole anesthesiologist and they administer more than 30 million anesthetics to patient each year. If you are interested in a career as a certified nurse anesthetist, take some time to learn about available CRNA jobs in your area and look at a sample CRNA job description to learn what this type of job entails.

Qualifications for CRNA Jobs

CRNA jobs are among the highest-paying jobs in the medical profession because they require several years of education and extensive experience. Certified nurse anesthetists must have completed at least seven calendar years of education and acquired a significant amount of clinical experience in order to apply for CRNA jobs in their area.

If you are considering a CRNA career, take some time to learn about available positions at a local hospital or clinic. Look at a sample CRNA job description to learn about the key duties and responsibilities of this type of position, and to review all training requirements.

Qualifications for CRNA jobs typically include the following:

  • Bachelors of Science in Nursing (BSN) or bachelor's degree in a related field
  • License as a registered nurse
  • At least one year of experience in an acute care nursing setting
  • Graduation from an accredited graduate school of nurse anesthesia
  • Extensive clinical training in a university-based program or community hospitals
  • Passing a national certification exam

What's in a CRNA Job Description?

When you're researching nursing careers and trying to decide if CRNA programs are right for you, take a look at a CRNA job description to learn about the certified nurse anesthetist's duties and responsibilities, work environment and training requirements. Most employers will expect their employees to have completed a significant amount of hands-on training and have some experience working in the medical field before they apply for CRNA jobs. Nurse anesthetists must have experience working in a hospital, university medical center, private clinic, ambulatory surgery center or for the military.

Starting a CRNA Career

The first step in beginning a CRNA career is to complete all of the education and training requirements outlined by the American Association of Nurse Anesthetics. When you have completed an accredited certification program at CRNA schools and want to begin your CRNA career, you'll need to start researching CRNA jobs in several different medical centers and hospitals in your area.

CRNA career opportunities are available in the following settings:

  • Rural hospitals
  • U.S. military organizations
  • Dental clinics
  • Podiatrist offices
  • Ophthalmologist offices
  • Plastic surgery centers
  • Obstetric wards
  • University medical centers
  • Respiratory care centers
  • Cancer treatment and surgery centers
  • Independently owned medical practices

Experienced CRNAs can also provide services as independent contractors to work with physicians who offer services in a private practice, or with dentists and other medical professionals on an on-call basis.