CRNAs Provide Essential Care

Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists or CRNAs have a unique role when caring for patients at Sanford. For most patients, they don’t always have an opportunity to get to know their CRNA because CRNAs put their patients to sleep.

Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists or CRNAs have a unique role when caring for patients at Sanford. For most patients, they don’t always have an opportunity to get to know their CRNA because CRNAs put their patients to sleep.

A CRNA is an advanced practice registered nurse with critical care experience and a master’s degree in anesthesia. They specialize in the administration of anesthesia for all types of patients and procedures. At Sanford, more than 60 CRNAs work in collaboration with 17 anesthesiologists to provide care in 34 surgical suites and in other departments such as x-ray, the cardiac catheterization lab, patient care units and the emergency room.

CRNAs also provide anesthesia services outside of Sioux Falls in other Sanford locations. In many rural hospitals, CRNAs are the sole providers of anesthesia. January 24-30 is National Nurse Anesthetists Week.