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What is a certified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA)?

A Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) is a registered nurse who has acquired graduate-level education as an advanced practice nurse and is board certification in anesthesia. The licensed CRNA is authorized to deliver comprehensive anesthesia care under the particular Nurse Practice Act of each state. Their anesthesia practice consists of all accepted anesthetic techniques including general, epidural, spinal, peripheral nerve block, sedation, or local.

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