Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (Crna)

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Advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) include nurse anesthetists, nurse midwives, and nurse practitioners. They coordinate patient care and may provide primary and specialty healthcare.

Work environment

APRNs work in various healthcare settings, such as hospitals, clinics, and doctors' offices, and typically work full time.


To become an APRN, individuals must earn at least a master's degree in one of these roles, be licensed in their state, and pass a national certification exam.


APRN employment is expected to grow significantly, with an estimated 30,200 openings per year, on average, over the decade.


APRN duties include taking medical histories and performing physical exams, creating patient care plans, ordering diagnostic tests, diagnosing health problems, prescribing medications, and providing patient counseling and education.

Scope of practice

APRN scope of practice varies by state, and they may specialize in certain patient groups or provide consultation services.


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Nursing (pronunciation: /ˈnɜːrsɪŋ/) is a profession within the health care sector focused on the care of individuals, families, and communities so they may attain, maintain, or recover optimal health and quality of life.


The term "nursing" comes from the Latin word "nutrire", which means "to nourish". This is a reflection of the nurturing and caring nature of this profession.

Related Terms

  • Registered Nurse: A nurse who has graduated from a nursing program and met the requirements outlined by a country, state, province or similar licensing body to obtain a nursing license.
  • Nurse Practitioner: An advanced practice registered nurse classified as a mid-level practitioner.
  • Nursing Care Plan: A plan that outlines the individualized care that a patient will receive due to their specific needs during their stay in a healthcare facility.
  • Nursing Theory: A conceptualization of some aspect of nursing that describes, explains, predicts, or prescribes nursing care.
  • Nursing Assessment: An evaluation of the nature and extent of nursing problems presented by a patient for the purpose of patient care planning.
  • Nursing Home: A place for people who don't need to be in a hospital but can't be cared for at home.

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