A CRNA is a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist. These professionals have a Master’s Degree in Nurse Anesthesia. Nurse Anesthetists may practice independently in 38 states. North Dakota is one of these states. Nurse Anesthetists complete a bachelor’s degree in nursing, work in an intensive care unit for an average of 3 years and then complete a Master’s program between 2.5 to 3 years in length. Traditionally we provide all inpatient anesthesia services including pre-operative and post-operative evaluations, plan of care, general anesthetics, sedation and regional anesthesia as well as private pain management. CRNAs are credentialed and nationally recognized as experts in anesthesia. CRNAs are well educated in the effects and adverse effects of medications and are highly qualified to administer them in an outpatient setting as well as possess the skills to evaluate and intervene should potential or life-threatening events occur.
We are NOT psychiatrists or psychologists and do NOT specialize in the clinical treatment of depression or other mental health illnesses. You will receive the highest level of expertise in our professional field and we will work alongside your primary care provider to determine if you are eligible for the treatments we offer and if it is in your best interest to receive the treatment. Both CRNAs here at Thrive have over 7 years of experience in administering anesthetic agents and are highly skilled in providing you with a safe and comfortable private environment.