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Park Ridge, Ill. (AANA) – Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) are ranked among the U.S. Top 25 Best Jobs on the most recent U.S. News & World Report listing, and, for 18 years in a row, nursing is identified as the most honest and ethical profession on the most recent annual Gallup poll.
“According to Gallup, 85 percent of those polled say nurses’ honesty and ethical standards are ‘very high’ or ‘high,’” said Kate Jansky, MHS, CRNA, APRN, USA LTC(ret), president of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA). “We are proud of the role all nurses and CRNAs play in keeping and maintaining that trust with our patients. We stand shoulder to shoulder with our nursing and nurse practitioner colleagues on the front lines of healthcare, providing access to care, and advocating for our patients.”
AANA CEO Randall Moore, DNP, MBA, CRNA, agrees: “The faith that the public places in the job we do shows why nursing and nurse anesthesia are such hot commodities right now. Our patients, whether they are on the battlefields of Iraq or Afghanistan, in our rural or underserved areas, our urban hospitals or ambulatory surgical centers, are our number one priority. Through these two rankings, it shows that the general public knows we are there for them, they trust us, and they are our priority and our passion.”
As advanced practice registered nurses, CRNAs are anesthesia experts who administer more than 49 million anesthetics to patients in the U.S. each year and are the primary providers of anesthesia care in rural America. In some states, CRNAs are the sole anesthesia professionals in nearly 100 percent of rural hospitals.
To become a CRNA, one needs:
A baccalaureate or graduate degree in nursing or other appropriate major;
A license as a registered professional nurse (RN) and/or APRN;
A minimum of one-year full-time experience or its part-time equivalent as an RN in a critical care setting or a U.S. military hospital outside the United States;
Graduation with a minimum of a master’s degree from a nurse anesthesia educational program accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs.