The nurses who administer anesthetics to patients enjoy considerable wages – the highest paid for nurses. This is normal, due to their huge responsibility, as well as the high level of the education and training requirements. Canada doesn’t have such an occupation yet. In the USA, after only a few years of practice, these professionals earn six-figure wages. After a continuous increase in the period 2012~2016, the average nurse anesthetist salary decreased a little last year, from $164,030/year in 2016 to $143,000/year in 2017.
Still, they earn almost as much as the dentists and podiatrists, and more than the pharmacists, optometrists, veterinarians, audiologists and physical therapists, who all need at least a doctoral degree, while the entry level requirement for the NAs it’s only a master’s degree.
Nurse Anesthetist Job Description
Because they involve cutting the patient’s tissues, the surgical procedures are painful. That’s why the patients who will undergo medical operations must be relieved from this pain, through a medical procedure called “anesthesia”. There are two kinds of healthcare specialists who are authorized to perform this procedure:
- the anesthesiologists, who are medical doctors specialized in this field;
- the nurse anesthetists, who are nurses specialized in the administration of anesthesia.
However, there are some countries where this procedure can be carried out only by specialized physicians. One such country is Canada, where the nurses can only assist the physicians who anesthetize patients. [Read more…] about Nurse Anesthetist Salary 2016 & 2017 – How Much Do Nurse Anesthetists Make?