Nurse Anesthetists
SOC: 29-1151.00


Administer anesthesia, monitor patient's vital signs, and oversee patient recovery from anesthesia. May assist anesthesiologists, surgeons, other physicians, or dentists. Must be registered nurses who have specialized graduate education.

National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.

Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
38,200 employed

Projected (2024):
45,600 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

Alternate Titles:

  • Associate Professor Program Director Nurse Anesthesia
  • Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA)
  • Chief Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (Chief CRNA)
  • Chief Nurse Anesthetist
  • Chief Nurse Executive
  • Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice (DNAP)
  • Nurse Anesthetist
  • Professor/Nurse Anesthetist
  • Senior Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (Senior CRNA)
  • Staff Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (Staff CRNA)
  • Staff Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist, Anesthesia Service (Staff CRNA, Anesthesia Service)
  • Staff Nurse Anesthetist

  • Job Zone Five: Extensive Preparation Needed


    Extensive skill, knowledge, and experience are needed for these occupations. Many require more than five years of experience. For example, surgeons must complete four years of college and an additional five to seven years of specialized medical training to be able to do their job.


    Most of these occupations require graduate school. For example, they may require a master's degree, and some require a Ph.D., M.D., or J.D. (law degree).

    Job Training:

    Employees may need some on-the-job training, but most of these occupations assume that the person will already have the required skills, knowledge, work-related experience, and/or training.

    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Equipment Selection
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Equipment Maintenance
  • Troubleshooting
  • Repairing
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • History and Archeology
  • Philosophy and Theology
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation

  • Tasks:

  • Administer post-anesthesia medications or fluids to support patients' cardiovascular systems.
  • Evaluate patients' post-surgical or post-anesthesia responses, taking appropriate corrective actions or requesting consultation if complications occur.
  • Perform pre-anesthetic screenings, including physical evaluations and patient interviews, and document results.
  • Select and prescribe post-anesthesia medications or treatments to patients.
  • Select, order, or administer pre-anesthetic medications.
  • Discharge patients from post-anesthesia care.
  • Perform or evaluate the results of diagnostic tests such as radiographs (x-rays) and electrocardiograms (EKGs).
  • Manage patients' airway or pulmonary status using techniques such as endotracheal intubation, mechanical ventilation, pharmacological support, respiratory therapy, and extubation.
  • Monitor patients' responses, including skin color, pupil dilation, pulse, heart rate, blood pressure, respiration, ventilation, or urine output, using invasive and noninvasive techniques.
  • Perform or manage regional anesthetic techniques such as local, spinal, epidural, caudal, nerve blocks and intravenous blocks.
  • Prepare prescribed solutions and administer local, intravenous, spinal, or other anesthetics following specified methods and procedures.
  • Respond to emergency situations by providing airway management, administering emergency fluids or drugs, or using basic or advanced cardiac life support techniques.
  • Select, order, or administer anesthetics, adjuvant drugs, accessory drugs, fluids or blood products as necessary.
  • Assess patients' medical histories to predict anesthesia response.
  • Develop anesthesia care plans.
  • Obtain informed consent from patients for anesthesia procedures.
  • Select, prepare, or use equipment, monitors, supplies, or drugs for the administration of anesthetics.
  • Calibrate and test anesthesia equipment.
  • Disassemble and clean anesthesia equipment.
  • Insert arterial catheters or perform arterial punctures to obtain arterial blood samples.
  • Insert peripheral or central intravenous catheters.
  • Instruct nurses, residents, interns, students or other staff on topics such as anesthetic techniques, pain management and emergency responses.
  • Read current literature, talk with colleagues, and participate in professional organizations or conferences to keep abreast of developments in nursing.
  • Request anesthesia equipment repairs, adjustments, or safety tests.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Anesthesia masks
  • Arterial line catheters
  • Automated external defibrillators AED
  • Bilevel positive airway pressure BiPAP ventilators
  • Bispectral index monitors BIS
  • Blood collection syringes
  • Blood collection tubes
  • Calibrated vaporizers
  • Capnographs
  • Cardiac monitors
  • Digital anesthesia machines
  • Electrocardiography EKG machines
  • Electronic blood pressure cuffs
  • Electronic thermometer probes
  • End tidal carbon dioxide monitors
  • Endotracheal ET tubes
  • Epidural block equipment trays
  • Epidural catheters
  • Esophageal intubation detectors
  • Fiberoptic bronchoscopes
  • Gas anesthesia administration machines
  • Hypodermic syringes
  • Intermittent positive pressure breathing IPPB ventilators
  • Intravenous IV administration equipment
  • Intravenous IV infusion pumps
  • Invasive hemodynamic pressure monitors
  • Laptop computers
  • Laryngeal mask airways LMA
  • Magill forceps
  • Mechanical stethoscopes
  • Multiple lumen central line catheters
  • Nasal airways
  • Oropharyngeal airways
  • Oxygen concentrators
  • Oxygen delivery masks
  • Oxygen flowmeters
  • Patient controlled analgesia PCA pumps
  • Peripheral nerve stimulators
  • Personal computers
  • Precordial stethoscopes
  • Pretracheal stethoscopes
  • Protective face shields
  • Pulmonary artery catheters
  • Pulse oximeters
  • Safety goggles
  • Surgical gloves
  • Swan Ganz artery catheters
  • Tourniquets
  • Tracheotomy sets
  • AetherPalm InfusiCalc
  • Allscripts Professional EHR
  • Amkai AmkaiCharts
  • Bizmatics PrognoCIS EMR
  • Cerner Millennium
  • ChartWare software
  • Drug database software
  • e-MDs software
  • eClinicalWorks software
  • EDImis Anesthesia Manager
  • GE Healthcare Centricity EMR
  • Medscribbler Enterprise
  • MicroFour PracticeStudio.NET EMR
  • Microsoft Word
  • NextGen Healthcare Information Systems EMR
  • Skyscape AnesthesiaDrugs
  • SOAPware software
  • StatCom Patient Flow Logistics Enterprise Suite
  • SynaMed EMR
  • Texas Medical Software SpringCharts EMR

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    industry stats

    SOC: 29-0000

    Total Employed: 8,021,800

    Average Annual Salary: $77,800