What is a CRNA?

CRNA stands for Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist. A CRNA is an advanced practice nurse whose specialty is in administering anesthesia to patients undergoing any kind of surgical procedure. There are other cool components to being a CRNA such as airway management and monitoring the patient throughout the surgery, however, anesthesia is primarily what the basis of this occupation is all about. 

Why I chose CRNA:

Initially, I was planning on becoming a Nurse Practitioner. I've always wanted to become an advanced practice nurse, as I have always felt as though I have a higher purpose in serving others, especially in the medical field; however, after really evaluating the two advanced practice options (NP  VS. CRNA) I realized that CRNA was a much better fit not only for the kind of patient care I can imagine myself providing, but also for my preference in work-life balance. I am also in-love with science and becoming a CRNA consists of a lot of science-based knowledge. 

In addition to the reasons listed above, I have had the pleasure of doing some shadowing, and what I've learned is that the tasks and responsibilities of a Nurse Practitioner do not seem to fit my personality as much as what being a CRNA would entail. 

As a side-note:

For as long as I can remember I have imagined myself being a nurse. My journey has been a non-traditional one as I was a teen mom and all the odds were against me when it came down to me pursuing goals and dreams. Today I am proud to say that I have overcome so much of those circumstances and continue to be determined to reach my ultimate goal of becoming an advance practiced nurse. For those of you young and/or single moms trying to pursue their dreams, I only hope that my story and having you tag along with me can inspire you to believe in yourself and pursue whatever it is that you want. Also, for those of you who are a bit scared to take the leap, I hope that my journey will help you walk into scary things with more faith than fear and seeing that if I can do it, so can you. No matter who you are or what life is for you, you can make it happen. 

Thanks for visiting and I look forward to doing this together! 


Nurse Lisi