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Nursing Career Spotlight
A certified registered nurse anesthetist or CRNA is an advanced practice registered nurse who has earned a master’s degree or PhD in nursing. CRNAs are licensed to administer anesthesia to patients undergoing surgery; they primarily work in rural areas and in underserved communities since their services are more cost effective than anesthesiologist, without compromising quality of care. CRNAs also provide pain management services. Their expertise allows them to administer all types of anesthesia for any type of surgery. CRNA opportunities continue to rise since people are living longer and require more healthcare procedures.