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Epidural (Definition)

The epidural space is an anatomical space just outside the fluid filled sac that contains the spinal cord and brain. Anesthesiologists and pain physicians are skilled at placing needles or catheters (tubes) into this space in the spinal canal to administer medications. These medicines can treat the pain of surgery or labor. These medicines can also be used to treat chronic ...Read more


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Please tell me what does a nurse anesthetist do?

Please tell me what does a nurse anesthetist do?

CRNA: A nurse anesthetist administers anesthesia under the direction of an anesthesiologist or has another md consign the chart/anesthesia record. There are varying roles for nurse anesthetist a but generally they need a md to consign/supervise them. They are advanced practice nurses that function as anesthetists in and out of the operating room suite. ...Read more

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How to become nurse anesthetist from being a travel nurse?

How to become nurse anesthetist from being a travel nurse?

BSN first: Most nurse anesthesia schools require BSN and some ICU experience. There is classroom work and OR experience leading to a master's degree. The typical program now is 2 years, but the trend is toward requiring additional education leading to a doctoral degree in nurse anesthesia. ...Read more

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What exactly does a nurse anesthetist do on day to day basis?

What exactly does a nurse anesthetist do on day to day basis?

Work in OR: Usually they are in operating rooms all day giving one on one anesthesia to patients undergoing surgery or procedures. They are usually supervised by anesthesiologists. ...Read more

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Can anyone give me some career advice. I am considering becoming a crna?

Can anyone give me some career advice. I am considering becoming a crna?

Aim high: If you already have not invested time in a nursing career and are starting from scratch, I always recommend going to medical school and becomeing an anesthesilogist if this is the field you desire. You will have more atonomy. ...Read more

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Are crnas obligated to practice under supervision of an anesthesiologist?

Usually...: It depends on where you practice. CRNAs are usually required to practice under the supervision of an anesthesiologist. They can also practice under the supervision of the surgeon. ...Read more

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How do crnas manage life and death situations everyday?

Training: Crna's have years of training to help them manage life and death situations. They are also usually backed up by a physician. ...Read more

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What is the residency like to become a crna?

What is the residency like to become a crna?

Residency: Is a term reserved for the specialty training of physicians who have completed their medical training and have earned the their degree as a medical doctor. Crnas are nurses trained in anethesia and have no specialty training other than that. ...Read more

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Do crnas have the same training as anesthesiologists?

Do crnas have the same training as anesthesiologists?

No: An anesthesiologist has 4 years of college, 4 years of medical school, at least 4 years of residency training and then may have 1-2 years of fellowship. A crna is a nurse who goes to nuse anesthetist school. They ususally depending on state law, have to be under the supervision of an md (may not be an anesthesiologyist). Md/do has much more advanced training over the crna. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a nurse anesthetist and an anesthesiologist?

Anesthesiologist: An anesthesiologist is a doctor that completed medical school, a four-year residency program, and often a one-year subspecialty fellowship.
A nurse anesthetist is a nurse that completed nursing school and a two-year nurse anesthetist school. ...Read more

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What are the differences between a nurse anesthetist and a anesthesiologist?

What are the differences between a nurse anesthetist and a anesthesiologist?

Med school: Anesthesiologist go through medical school and then do at least four more years of training to finish an internship and residency. Nurse anesthetists go through nursing school and then they may apply for a two and a half year training program after working some time as a nurse. ...Read more

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What the difference between a certified nurse anesthetist and an anesthesiologist?

What the difference between a certified nurse anesthetist and an anesthesiologist?

Education & training: A crna usually works under the supervision of a physician. Crnas obtain a bachelors degree in nursing, work 1 year in an ICU setting, then go to crna school for 2 years.

An anesthesiologist is a physician (md) who completes a bachelor's degree with medical prerequisites, 4 year medical school, 1 year internship, and a 3 year anesthesiology residency. Some complete fellowships in a subspecialty. ...Read more

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What's the difference between a nurse anesthetist and anesthesia assistants other than the educationa backgrounds in which they're trained?

What's the difference between a nurse anesthetist and anesthesia assistants other than the educationa backgrounds in which they're trained?

LONGER TRAINING: Nurse anesthetist train longer and usually are allowed to work more complex cases. Anesthesia assistant train shorter period and have less duties. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a crna and anesthesiologist?

What is the difference between a crna and anesthesiologist?

Complex: Anesthesiologist is a doctor who did medical school then residency in anesthesia. Crna is a nurse, experienced in ICU care or similar, who attends an anesthesia training program. In most of the country crna practices under supervision of anesthesiologist, though in some states they can be independent. ...Read more

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What's the difference between an anesthesiologist and a crna?

What's the difference between an anesthesiologist and a crna?

Training: CRNA is an advanced nurse practioner

Anesthesiologists are MD physicians ...Read more

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What is the difference between a crna and an anesthesiologist?

What is the difference between a crna and an anesthesiologist?

Med school: Anesthesiologist go through medical school and then do at least four more years of training to finish an internship and residency. Nurse anesthetists go through nursing school and then they may apply for a two and a half year training program after working some time as a nurse. ...Read more

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What is the difference between having an anesthesiologist and having a crna?

What is the difference between having an anesthesiologist and having a crna?

Med school: Anesthesiologist go through medical school and then do at least four more years of training to finish an internship and residency. Nurse anesthetists go through nursing school and then they may apply for a two and a half year training program after working some time as a nurse. ...Read more

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What are the average hours for a crna nurse anesthetist?

What are the average hours for a crna nurse anesthetist?

Depends: For a full time crna they can work 40 hours to 60hours. They get paid extra for extra hours worked. ...Read more

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What equipment do crnas assemble for endotracheal intubation?

What equipment do crnas assemble for endotracheal intubation?

Depends on situation: Intubation by an anesthesiologist or nurse anesthetist is always done with careful preparation: suction equipment, a laryngoscope, different sizes of breathing tubes. Sometimes a fiberoptic scope or other advanced airway equipment is necessary. Anesthesia training prepares the team to assess the patient's airway and have all the proper equipment necessary for safe care. ...Read more

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How to code anesthesia I don't understand in the book it ask for the physician code and crna code.?

How to code anesthesia I don't understand in the book it ask for the physician code and crna code.?

Search provider code: Each provider, md or crna has a code associated with how they practice in relation to the patient and other providers. The provider codes should be listed in the front of the coding book. ...Read more

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How do I go about becoming a certified registered nurse anesthetist (crna)?

How do I go about becoming a certified registered nurse anesthetist (crna)?

4+2+2: Nursing degree 4 years
work in critical care setting as a nurse for 2 years
then attend nurse anesthesia school for 2 years. ...Read more

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What does crna (certified registered nurse anesthetist) do to you in the or?

What does crna (certified registered nurse anesthetist) do to you in the or?

Assist with anesthes: A crna is a specialized nurse who administers anesthesia in conjunction with an anesthesiologist. Typically, the physician anesthesiologist decides the care plan and the crna carries it out under supervision of the anesthesiologist. Called the team care model. ...Read more

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What's the difference between being a nurse anesthetist and a doctor anesthetist?

What's the difference between being a nurse anesthetist and a doctor anesthetist?

Training: From my experience working with nurse anesthetists, difference is training, which is much longer with anesthesiologists who are physicians. They are trained to deal with any kind of complications that can happen during and after an anesthetic. While most nurse anesthetists have harder time to deal and treat these complications. I f an anesthetic is uncomplicated either one can do a good job. ...Read more

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What does a doctor of anesthesiology do that is different from a regular crna?

What does a doctor of anesthesiology do that is different from a regular crna?

Specialized care: Physician anesthesiologists graduate from medical school and have 4 or more years of extra training in anesthesiology. They may specialize in pediatrics, heart and lung surgery, intensive care, or pain management, among other fields. They are qualified to do more complex cases, and in many practices supervise nurse anesthetists who are doing routine cases. Be sure you have an anesthesiologist! ...Read more

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What is the difference between a nurse anesthetist and an anesthesiologist? Which is better in labor?

Education!: Physician anesthesiologists have graduated from medical school and done another 4 years of special residency training. Nurse anesthetists are rns with 2 years of anesthesia training. In a majority of states, nurse anesthetists can practice only under physician supervision. Make sure a physician anesthesiologist is available in any event for labor or a c-section. Good luck! ...Read more

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Is it easier to get into medical school for anesthesia via undergraduate, or becoming a nurse anesthetist and applying later? Wh I'm a premed student.

At: At the risk of sounding pompous, the most important thing you should know is there is nothing easy about either path. If you are are looking for "easy" you should not be considering health care, which is arduous, requires sacrifice, and is currently less respected and less lucrative in the us than it once was.

Nurse anesthetists and anesthesiologists are very different kinds of health care providers with different lifestyles, career options, and training paths. A nurse anesthetist goes to nursing school, receives a ba or bs, then practices nursing for some time -- usually a few years, and almost always including some time as a nurse in the ICU -- and then returns to school for anesthesia training, graduating after 2 years with a masters' level degree and "crna" after their name. Crna's administer all types of anesthesia, sometimes with a physician supervising them, and sometimes independently. Some crnas also teach student nurse anesthetists. It is rare for crnas to do extensive medical research or science or teaching as part of their career however. Although crnas may concentrate on a particular area of anesthesia, there are no subspecialty training programs or formally designated subspecialties for crnas.

An anesthesiologist is a physician, an md. Physicians of all types go to college and receive a ba or bs, then to medical school to receive the md (usually 4 years in each), and then train in a specialty after graduating from medical school, sometimes training in a subspecialty after that. An anesthesiologist trains for 4 years after graduating from medical school, and many train an additional year or two after that in a subspecialty (pain medicine, critical care medicine, obstetric anesthesiology, pediatric anesthesiology, palliative care, or sleep medicine). Although most anesthesiologists provide anesthesia to patients as the daily staple of their work, many also perform scientific research and or teach in order to define and advance the medicine which underpins the care of patients around the time of surgery. Also, anesthesiologists may be principally in charge of the care of patients in the icu, recovery room, hospital wards, preoperative clinics, or elsewhere. To become an anesthesiologist is to commit to being a physician dedicated to excellence in the care of individual patients, as well as advancing the science of care of surgical patients.

In your question, you suggest going to nursing school, followed by nursing practice and nurse anesthesia school -- prior to going to medical school, followed by anesthesia training. Although some individuals might follow this path, it is more likely to be a path of discovery than a practical route to the destination you desire.

All physicians have a set of techniques, a method of thinking and a common background which are taught in medical school. We end up doing different things during the day, but the nature of human illness is that every patient of a specialist will ultimately require skills outside that specialty, and anesthesiology is especially so. That is why all md's train the same way in medical school before specializing.

I hope this answer is helpful to you. You have ample time to think about your choices -- I strongly suggest you get some practical experience as a volunteer in a hospital to help differentiate some of the issues for yourself. ...Read more

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Is a nurse anesthetist, to assist GI during a screening colonoscopy, a good choice over an anesthesiologist?

Is a nurse anesthetist, to assist GI during a screening colonoscopy, a good choice over an anesthesiologist?

Anesthesiologist: A nurse anesthetist (crna) is a cheaper, less trained alternative to an anesthesiologist. The md is likely the better option. There are always bad mds and there are some phenomenal crnas but your safest bet would typically be the more extensively trained md. That being said, most anesthetics are safe, and you will likely be fine, but colonoscopies have ended in deaths like any other procedure. ...Read more