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William F. Connell School of Nursing

Nurse Anesthesia (CRNA)

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Why choose Nurse Anesthesia?

Working with outstanding clinicians and mentors on the Boston College faculty, you’ll become expert in operating room safety and efficiency, helping to ensure the best outcomes for patients. A certified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA) is someone who enjoys the challenge of caring for patients in intensive care or pre- and postoperative settings. The prospective nurse anesthesia student should also have a strong interest in physiology, pathophysiology, and pharmacology, the scientific foundations for practice in this specialty.

What is the CRNA’s role in this specialty?

CRNAs care for patients before, during, and after surgery. They perform complete patient assessments before the procedure, obtaining health histories and conducting physical exams. They review laboratory results and information from patients’ medical records and then develop a plan of anesthesia care specific to the patient and the procedure. They then implement that plan, adapting it if necessary, monitoring the patient closely and incorporating safety considerations at each step.

Where do CRNAs work?

CRNAs work in virtually every setting in which anesthesia is used: hospital operating rooms, labor and delivery units, critical and intensive care floors, outpatient centers, pain management clinics, and specialized health care provider offices. Nurse anesthetists administer approximately 65 percent of all anesthesia in the United States. They are typically the sole providers of anesthesia in rural and underserved communities and at military and government medical facilities. 

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