Communication as a CRNA


  1. What do you feel is the most important area of communication as a CRNA or RN?

    • Oral Communication
    • 0
      Visual Communication
    • 0
      Written Communication
    • Non-verbal Communication

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Hello! My name is Lauren, a Pre-Nursing student at Louisiana State University. I've always dreamed of becoming a CRNA. Right now I am taking a English Composition class at LSU involving topics related to nursing students and the nursing field. Our assignment is to research communication in the nursing profession and more importantly the communication skills in our chosen specialty of nursing.

For the research paper, we are required to "interview" a nurse to gain insight on the topic and have first-hand research from an actual nurse. This interview is allowed to be conducted over email or phone so please don't think I am trying to take an easy way out.

I actually would love to interview a CNRA in person. The problem is I personally do not know any CRNA's to interview and would really much rather have a CRNA answer the questions for the paper instead of an RN, simply for better information to relate to the paper.

If any CRNA could please spare some time to try and answer my questions I would appreciate it more than anything. I will post the questions here; you can answer them here or reply to them in an email. My email address is:

I just ask that if you do reply to please write your name, title, and business (optional).

I really hope to hear form some of you and would be ecstatic to have some CRNA knowledge to further excite me about my future profession!

Take you all so much for your time,


Here are the questions:

  1. There are four main areas of communication: oral (speaking and listening), written (writing and reading), visual, and nonverbal. What would you consider to be the most important area of communication for a nurse anesthetist to have efficient skills in? Can you give any specific examples as to why this area of communication is the most important?

  1. What area of communication do you feel is the least used as a nurse?

  1. Nurses communicate with various people throughout the day. Between doctors, patients, the patient's family members, and even other nurses, what relationship do you as a nurse feel is the most vital to constantly communicate with?

  1. What would you say is the hardest obstacle of communicating with your patients? (i.e. insufficient time, language barriers, etc.) How do you overcome those obstacles?

  1. What do you feel is the area of communication that nursing students are the least dynamic in? Do you have any suggestions about how these areas can be improved?

  1. Are there any certain classes in the nursing school curriculum that you feel strongly aid in providing the student with the ability to gather communication skills he or she might need for the profession?

  1. It is said that 93% of communication is nonverbal communication, such as reading body language and conveying facial expressions. Do you think being able to communicate nonverbally is of utmost importance to a CRNA? Could you think of any specific examples as a nurse to when communicating nonverbally is critical?

  1. Nursing can be very stressful, and communicating with someone who has trouble communicating back must be frustrating. How do you try and eliminate some of the stress that may result from this? What methods are the best for communicating with these people in a professional, caring manner?

  1. What is the best way to communicate bad or unpleasant news to a patient or the patient's family members?

  1. Do you have any specific memories or examples that come to your mind as a nurse where communication played a key role in helping to save a life?