Nursing Advanced Practice Role Paper -. Florida's Certified registered nurse anesthetists

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Running head: CERTIFIED REGISTERED NURSE ANESTHETISTS IN FLORIDA Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists in Florida Student’s First name, Middle initial and Last name Name of University Course Name and Number July 28, 2011 Background Information: The Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) are Advanced Practice Registered Nurses who administer anesthesia and monitor patients during surgery.


Currently there are more than 3,400 CRNAs in the state of Florida and they are the only nurses who are credentialed to provide anesthesia services (Florida Coalition of Advanced Practice Nurses, 2008). In most rural hospitals of Florida, the CRNAs are the sole anesthesia providers. Nationally, the CRNAs are known to deliver 30 million anesthetics each year (American Association of Nurse Anesthetists, 2008). Significant Contributions of CRNAs: The CRNAs have made incredible contributions to nursing and nursing practice. The CRNA’s education and practice has evolved in recent years to fill the growing need surgeons had for anesthetists. Unlike the regular registered nurses, CRNAs function with a high degree of autonomy. The CRNAs provide anesthetic services in surgical, diagnostic and therapeutic procedures. As pioneers in the field of anesthesia, the CRNAs are committed to ensure high standards, based on evidence based practices (Northam, 2009). They provide high quality services, which are comparable to those provided by their physician counterparts (Florida Coalition of Advanced Practice Nurses, 2008). The CRNAs have made significant contributions in rural healthcare. ...
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