Pediatric Nurse Anesthetist?

  1. Correct me if I am wrong...

    I believe that Anethesiologists take an extra year or so to certify them as a Pediatric Anesthesiologist. Is there an extra certification available or needed to work with children in a CRNA capacity?

    Thanks.
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  2. 4 Comments

  3. by   loisane
    No extra certification is needed for a CRNA or an MDA to take care of children. I believe you are right that there is a pediatric fellowship available for MDAs, but it is not required.

    Obviously, CRNAs and MDAs that work primarily with kids get extra good at it, and are considered experts.

    loisane crna
  4. by   warzone
    Interesting...thank you very much.

    Is the care for pediatric patients covered in most CRNA Programs, either by didactic or clinicals? I would presume most of the course work is centered around adult patient care.
  5. by   loisane
    SRNAs take a class in pediatric anesthesia. And there are clinical requirements of minimum numbers of cases in each age category.

    loisane crna
  6. by   CRNA, DNSc
    Actually there is a CRNA Pediatric Fellowship at Children's Hospital of Michigan. It is six months long. There is no formal recognition of structured fellowships for CRNA but the AANA Education Committee has sent a template for a formal structure of a fellowship to the Council on Accreditation. So down the road there may be recognition of speciality fellowships.

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