Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs)

Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) are an integral part of the Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

CRNAs are responsible for the preoperative, intraoperative, and immediate post-operative care of patients requiring anesthesia for surgical, medical, therapeutic or diagnostic procedures. Their services are rendered in the main operating rooms, Labor and Delivery, and designated out-of-OR locations such as radiology, cardiac catheterization, angiography, endoscopy, and Foxborough Surgi-Center.

The CRNAs at BWH have full scope of practice, work in a collegial care team model and are afforded with multidisciplinary professional development opportunities. Additionally, BWH CRNAs are able to utilize the support offered by the Senior Nurse Scientists, in the Department of Nursing, for research and quality improvement initiatives. BWH CRNAs play an essential role in the education and advancement of the SRNA Educational Program. The dynamic environment of the academic medical center and supportive leadership are some of the things that make BWH a wonderful career choice.

CRNAs interested in learning more about career opportunities in our Department are invited to contact Elizabeth Stocksdale at estocksdale@bwh.harvard.edu.

Our SRNA Program

Brigham and Women’s Hospital has hosted Student Registered Nurse Anesthetists (SRNAs) since 2005 from Northeastern University and most recently since 2017 from Boston College. Based on the Anesthesia Care Team model, our accomplished anesthesiologists and CRNAs provide an inclusive and supportive environment for clinical training. The case requirements that are satisfied at BWH include:

  • Cardiac
  • Thoracic
  • Neuro
  • Obstetric
  • Out of OR
  • ENT
  • General
  • Ambulatory
  • Advanced airway techniques
  • Invasive line placements

With our team of expert educators, our SRNAs are well prepared to enter the work setting and provide anesthesia to a wide variety of patients.

The oversight of clinical training is managed by our SRNA program director, Lauren Anderson, MS, CRNA, who coordinates specialty rotations while ensuring optimal case experiences and requirements. For more information about our SRNA program please contact Lauren at landerson@bwh.harvard.edu.

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