How to become a nurse anesthetist in South Africa…

⁣⁣So what is a CRNA and what do they do? ⁣⁣⁣
1. Certified registered nurse anesthetists/anesthesiologists (CRNAs) are advanced practice registered nurses that practice with a high degree of autonomy and professional respect. CRNAs are qualified to make independent judgments regarding all aspects of anesthesia care based on their education & licensure. They are the only anesthesia professionals with critical care experience prior to beginning formal anesthesia education. ⁣⁣⁣
2. required to have a minimum of 9-10 years of training/education/experience before we can become a licensed CRNA. ⁣⁣⁣⁣(BSN+ICU years+DNP)⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣
3. Graduates of nurse anesthesia programs have an average of 9,369 hours of clinical experience, including 733 hours during their baccalaureate nursing program, 6,032 hours as a critical care registered nurse, and 2,604 hours during their nurse anesthesia program.⁣⁣⁣
4. CRNAs administer anesthesia and provide⁣⁣ care in EVERY setting in which anesthesia is delivered: traditional hospital surgical suites & obstetrical delivery rooms; critical access hospitals, ambulatory surgical centers, ketamine clinics, offices such as dentist, podiatrists, ophthalmologists and much more. ⁣

⁣⁣5. CRNAs perform pre and post-operetive rounds, consult for pain management, place central lines, respond to codes, place and manage labor epidurals, upon consultation implement respiratory and ventilatory management including establish emergency airways⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣
6. CRNAs are not “medical” doctors, rather are known as APRNs (advanced practice registered nurses). CRNAs complete advanced nursing degrees at the “DOCTORAL” level. ⁣⁣⁣

⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣Ahmed Elsayed


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