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CRNA Scope of Practice & Competencies
Section 21:17 (1) the registered nurse has successfully completed the educational program of a school for nurse anesthetists accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Education Programs of Nurse Anesthesia of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists and (2) the registered nurse is certified as a Registered Nurse Anesthetist by the Council on Certification or on Recertification of Nurse Anesthetists of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists. The Council on Accreditation of Education Programs of Nurse Anesthesia requires that graduates acquire knowledge, skills and competencies in patient safety, perianesthetic management, critical thinking, communication, and the competencies needed to fulfill their professional responsibility. Those competencies include, but are not limited to: intubation and advanced airway management; ventilator management and troubleshooting; dosing/administration of sedation for mechanically ventilated patients; management of paralytic drips; central and arterial line insertion including, when appropriate, the use of ultrasound guidance; obtaining, interpreting, and intervening on arterial blood gases; maintaining and monitoring invasive lines; vasopressor selection and management; intravenous fluid and blood administration; ventilator weaning, extubation, and post-extubation evaluation and care.