The profession of a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA). What pay is like what to expect in this carrier.

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In my report I will explain what a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) is and what they do. First off, you have to understand that there are Anesthesiologists which are doctors of Anesthesia and then there are Anesthetists which are nurses of Anesthesia. When anesthesia is administered by a nurse anesthetist, it is recognized as the practice of nursing when administered by an Anesthesiologist it is recognized as the practice of medicine. Forty-four percent of the nation's twenty-eight thousand CRNA's are men, versus approximately five percent in the nursing Profession as a whole. Before any medical procedure such as surgery, root canal, basically anything that involves major pain a CRNA inject you with the medications needed to complete the surgery or medical operation. This could be as simple as a shot of pain killers or as difficult as a precise amount of a medication. Often CRNA's are overlooked and what they do is often misunderstood and not given the credit it so deserves.

But if it weren't for Anesthetists, surgeries and other medical procedures would be too excruciating to bear. Now getting to where CRNA's developed from. It started out about 100 years ago in the United States, and has grown since then dramatically. During that period of time, a Union developed. They are common in the United States. Unions watch out for the rights for workers in a particular field of work. The union developed for CRNA's was called the Association of Nurse Anesthetist (AANA). Ninety-five percent of all anesthetists are members of the (AANA). CRNA's are anesthesia specialists who administer approximately sixty-five percent of the twenty-six million anesthetics given to patients each year in the United States The pay for CRNA's is roughly one-hundred Thousand dollars a year. this is more than fair due to all...