One of the most critical components in surgery is anesthesia, and Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists continue to play a pivotal role in its practice. And because of the autonomy, one-on-one patient care, and critical-thinking skills required, becoming a CRNA can lead to many exciting career paths.

While CRNAs administer more than 32 million anesthetics annually to patients, many people are unaware of the myriad of professional options available to them. Wherever anesthesia is delivered, nurse anesthetists practice: traditional hospital surgical suites and obstetrical delivery rooms; critical access hospitals; ambulatory surgical centers; the offices of dentists, podiatrists, ophthalmologists, plastic surgeons, and pain management specialists; and U.S. military, Public Health Services, and Department of Veterans Affairs health care facilities. Many CRNAs are often amazed at the twists and turns their career paths take after becoming a nurse anesthetist, but for the anesthesia professionals here, they would not have it any other way.

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