6 Steps to become a successful Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist

Do you know who is the villain of the house?- the corner of the dinner table. There is no one in the world who does not know the unbearable pain of getting hit by the corner of the table. Well, if this pain is too hard to bear, how would you feel if the nurse anesthetist just ignores to do his/her job before your surgery? Yes, the result will be unimaginable suffering! Nurse Anesthetists (certified registered nurse anesthetist or CRNA) take care of the anesthesia services in the wide range of healthcare solutions- from the critical surgeries in hospital emergency rooms to the dentist's office. Here are the top 6 steps that one should take to become a certified registered nurse anesthetist.

Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists Email List
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Step 1- The Bachelors Degree
You need to have a bachelors degree of science in nursing (BSN). In order to get the registered nursing license, you need to pass the examination of registered nurses, which is NCLEX-RN.

Step 2- Start getting experience
Like any other profession, just holding a degree is not sufficient to become a certified registered nurse anesthetist- you need to have a proper working experience to get better career opportunities. It is always a good to start with internships. From there you can pick a program for entry-level job placement.

Step 3- Be ready to work for long hours
Just remove the idea of “fixed working hours” from your mind. The activity of a nurse anesthetist starts even before the whole procedure begins. First, s/he has to do a pre-operative screening to understand specific anesthesia needs of the patient. Even after performing the anesthesia, the nurse has to thoroughly observe the patient throughout the course and has to be ready to respond whenever the patients need.

Step 4- Learn to be good with the patients
An expert nurse anesthetist knows how to be good with people. They need to maintain direct contact with the patients- especially when they are going through the most critical phase of their lives. Their good behaviour can help a patient to improve their self-confidence that can increase the chance of success of their surgery. At this stage, the skill of proper patient care makes a nurse anesthetist better professional than the others.

Step 5- Develop clear understanding of different procedure and use of equipment
Last but not the least, a nurse anesthetist has to be an expert in the several forms of anesthesia procedures like oral, through injection, inhalational, etc. These nursing professionals should have a clear understanding of the pharmacology and the technical machinery which are used to monitor patients throughout the entire anesthesia procedure.

Step 6- The final degrees
It is necessary to complete the master’s of science in nursing (MSN). After getting this degree, one has to pass the certification examination that will finally allow you to become a “certified registered nurse anesthetist” (CRNA).

According to the 2016-17 Occupational Outlook Handbook of the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median national annual salary for CRNAs is $1,53,780. Well, the actual salary amount depends on the specialisation within this nursing field, location of the hospital and of course, based on the years of experience.

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Source: allnursingschools.com/articles/become-nurse-anesthetist/;http://nursejournal.org/articles/10-ways-to-get-experience-in-nursing/
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