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A masters or clinical doctorate prepared nurse that is specially trained as a provider of anesthesia and perioperative care. Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) have provided anesthesia even before the first school was founded in the the early 1900's. The recent up rise of CRNA use stems from medical institutions realizing that they are just as effective and safe as their physician counterparts while incurring half the cost. CRNAs are the sole anesthesia providers in nearly 100 percent of the rural hospitals.

Many physicians are opposed to CRNAs because they feel their positions and thus job security is threatened and they in turn label CRNAs “mid-level” providers. As the medical community moves towards a friendlier, more cost effective and equally safe health care model, the contribution of CRNAs is invaluable.
Recent studies have shown that Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNA) provide anesthesia and perioperative care just as safe as their physician counterparts at half the cost. Many physicians slander the CRNA profession because the physicians realize that their own education is superfluous.
by Tr1age August 26, 2011

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