Provider and Advanced Practice Nursing Careers

Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA)

Certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNA) provide anesthesia in collaboration with surgeons, anesthesiologists, and other qualified health care professionals. Regardless of whether their educational background is in nursing or medicine, all anesthesia professionals give anesthesia in essentially the same way. As advanced practice nurses, Penn Medicine certified registered nurse anesthetists practice with a high degree of autonomy and professional respect. They carry a heavy load of responsibility and practice in every setting in which anesthesia is delivered:

  • traditional hospital surgical suites
  • obstetrical delivery rooms
  • critical access hospitals
  • ambulatory surgical centers
  • plastic surgery
  • pain management