Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA)

Alexandria Francis

What is a CRNA?

A CRNA is a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist. CRNA's provide anesthetics to patient or any type of procedure.


While interviewing Dr. Eric Rieger, I was able to receive more information about anesthesiology than what I had in mind.

Road To Success

Eric Rieger has been a CNRA for 9 years. He went to Texas tech to get his nursing degree. Courses changed and he ended up going into anesthesia. He then went to school for anesthesiology and got his bachelors degree. I asked Dr. Rieger about the most interesting project he had encountered. He told me about how he had to help a couple of children that dealt with cleft palate and got to see how the surgeon was able to undo the cleft palate.

Typical work Day

On a regular day Dr. Rieger goes into work at 6:30 a.m. every morning. He puts epidural in women who are going through labor and also injects anesthesia into patient before, during and after surgery. Most of the time he will talk to the patient before the procedure, but sometimes when time is short, the patient will go straight into surgery and he injects anesthesia before ever getting to know the patient. During and operation the CNRA is to sit at the head of the patient and manage body fluids, temperature, acid base balance, and the way the bed is positioned.

Accuracy Of Medication

The amount of medication given to the patient always depends on the weight of the patient. You have to know the patient's body. All the calculations are all weight based and acid based. You watch the way the body reacts to the amount of anesthesia, like respiration, heart rate, and blood pressure.