How to Become a Nurse Anesthetist

Today we are going to take a look at how to become a Nurse Anaesthetist in Australia.

Certified Registered Nurse Anaesthetist or CRNA’s are in big demand these days. As a CRNA your job will be to administer the anaesthesia and watch the patient to make sure they are okay.

The average annual salary for a nurse Anaesthetist is $100,000 or more. So it is well worth it for anyone wishes to be in this career field. However, it is not an easy journey to get to this level. It takes a lot of hard work and it starts with what you are doing in high school.

Make sure you do well whilst you are in high school!

Get a head start by taking math, science and health classes while you are in high school. If you can, during your senior year try to take a few college courses. Now once you get in college your first line of business will be to obtain your Bachelors Of Science in Nursing or BSN. Try to keep your GPA at a decent level. Competition to get into Anaesthetist graduate programs is really tough so you have to make sure you can stand out any way you can.

Get a Bachelors Degree

Once you get your Bachelors degree you will need to get licensed as registered nurse and work in that field for a couple years. This is to help you gain experience and prepare you for the next level which is to become a Certified Registered Nurse Anaesthetist. Of course the amount of time that you will be required to work as a registered nurse will depend on what CRNA program you want to get into.

Any current nurse considering the step to becoming a C.R.N.A. must be a licensed registered nurse with a Bachelors of Science in Nursing degree. Gaining these qualifications takes about four to six years depending upon which educational route you take. After gaining these qualifications it is imperative to get as much acute and intensive care experience as possible. If you are a nurse you can request a change to work in the intensive care unit (ICU) to gain this experience.

Having the familiarity of working with people who are in critical condition is detrimental to working as an advanced practice nurse performing anesthesia. It provides a firm foundation that ensures that critical nursing skills are learned and thoroughly used.

Becoming a Anaesthetist takes up to 3 years

After being accepted into a graduate program for nursing anesthesia it usually takes about two to three years to complete the program. While completing the program it is highly recommended to continue working as a nurse in a hospital if only part time in a critical care unit.

This experience will make you more attractive once your advanced degree is finished. Upon completion of the C.R.N.A. program you must take a national certification test given by the National Board on Certification and Recertification of Nurse Anaesthetists (NBCRNA). Once this test is completed and passed a nurse with the proper graduate degree and certification can then begin working as a certified registered nurse Anaesthetist.

I hope I have given you a bit of insight on how to become a nurse anaesthetist in Australia. Comment and Questions? You know what to do!