What is a Nurse Anesthetist?

Nurse Anesthetists are advanced practice, registered nurses with graduate-level experience and education in anesthesia. They monitor the patient's vitals and breathing during a procedure. Many nurse anesthetists practice with an anesthesiologist as a team, but nurse anesthetists are also trained to work independently and may also practice and administer anesthesia.

Types of Work Environments

  • Hospital operating rooms

Education and Training Requirements

Nurse anesthetists must complete a graduate-level course of study in nurse anesthesia. The prerequisites include a bachelor's degree in nursing or a closely related field, a current license as a registered nurse, and a minimum of one year of acute care nursing experience. Once they have completed their graduate work nurses can take an exam to become Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs).


According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, the median salary for nurse anesthetists is approximately $154,390 per year.

Professional Organization

The American Association of Nurse Anesthetists