A Certified Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) is trained to provide pain relief and maintenance or restoration of a stable condition during and immediately following an operation or an obstetric or diagnostic procedure. The CRNA assesses the risk of the patient undergoing surgery and optimizes the patient’s condition prior to, during and after surgery. In addition to these management responsibilities, the CRNA provides medical management and consultation in pain management and critical care medicine. CRNA's diagnose and treat acute, long-standing and cancer pain problems, diagnose and treat patients with critical illnesses or severe injuries and direct resuscitation in the care of patients with cardiac or respiratory emergencies, including the need for artificial ventilation, and supervise post anesthesia recovery.
A CRNA may receive additional training in one of the following subspecialties as an Anesthesiologist:
Critical Care Medicine - diagnoses, treats and supports patients with multiple organ dysfunction.
Pain Medicine - provides a high level of care for patients experiencing problems with acute, chronic and/or cancer pain.
Pediatric Anesthesiology - preoperative, intraoperative and postoperative anesthetic care of children and adolescents.