What is the difference between an anesthesiologist and nurse anesthetist?

What is the difference between an anesthesiologist and nurse anesthetist?


An anesthesiologist
is a medical doctor. And they work side
by side with CRNAs– you might of heard of before–
or nurse anesthetists. And on the morning of
surgery, generally, you’ll meet both of them. Anesthesiologists often work
without a nurse anesthetist, but you won’t see a nurse
anesthetist here working without an anesthesiologist. So you’ll either meet
just an anesthesiologist or you’ll meet an
anesthesiologist plus and a nurse anesthetist. He or she does many of the same
things as an anesthesiologist. They will be there during the
surgery to ensure your safety. They’re monitoring you. They’re, of course,
there to answer questions before and after surgery. And they work
independently, but they work under the guidance
of an anesthesiologist.


17 thoughts on “What is the difference between an anesthesiologist and nurse anesthetist?

  1. A CRNA aka Nurse Anesthetist is licensed to work independently of the anesthesiologist in all 50 states. Some states have a physician signature requirement in order to bill Medicare and Medicaid but the surgeon can easily (and often does) sign the chart which bypasses any need for an anesthesiologist. CRNAs work in the exact same role in anesthesia as an anesthesiologist and even have their own CRNA only anesthesia groups.

  2. I work without an anesthesiologist in many places I practice in this country. For 26 years as a professional and for over 100 years as a profession, there is no difference in safety regardless of the provider your choose. In fact, you may get more personalized, warmth and attention by your CRNA, because we were trusted, compassionate nurses from the beginning. Best wishes for a safe, successful surgery or procedure. Questions? Just ask your CRNA or contact your State Association Nurse Anesthetist President.

  3. Lol at these people saying he’s wrong. Hospital systems dictate CRNA supervision. Legally being able to operate independently doesn’t mean they are going to let you

  4. This info is outdated. Crnas don’t need anesthesiologists to work with them anymore. Here’s to nurses rising up 👏🏻

  5. this "regulatory statute" is determined by the state. in many states, a CRNA can practice legally without any MDA supervision. Now, I can't say whether or not that is good or bad, but it is highly misrepresented in this video.

  6. In 14 states CRNAs are allowed to practice independently without supervision of an Anesthesiologist, however in those states you can also be indicted for your mistakes. Meaning if your mistake would cost someones life you can be looking at more repercussions besides just losing your license. With that being said its probably not the best idea to practice independently because 4 years of med school and a 6 year residency triumphs whatever knowledge you can get in a 2.5 year CRNA program. Maybe after 10 years of working with supervision you may be comfortable to practice independently but i would not reccomend it.

  7. Every state is different…what's legal in your state isn't necessarily legal in another state. Please take this into account before giving false accusations.

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