Education - There is just one pathway to certification as a nurse anesthetist; the Board is very specific about education and certification requirements (APN CA, n.d.). A nurse anesthetist must attend a program accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs and seek certification through the Council on Certification/Recertification of Nurse Anesthetists (APN CA, n.d.). If the master’s program meets Board standards, the graduate can qualify by verifying education and clinical experience (APN CA, n.d.). The professional who verifies clinical experience must be a familiar with the clinical nurse specialist role and must have observed the applicant carry out the five advanced nursing component areas: expert clinical nursing practice, clinical leadership, research, education, and consultation (APN CA, n.d.). Washington Licensure - An ARNP who has two licenses (for example, as an NP and CNM) will have higher requirements; one who has one license but multiple specialties/ certifications will not (APN Washington, n.d.). ARNP is a broad license category that includes three advanced nursing roles: Nurse Practitioner (NP), Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM), and Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) (APN Washington, n.d.). Of these, NP is the most common specialty (APN Washington, n.d.). Clinical nurse specialists are not licensed in Washington (APN Washington, n.d.). Accreditation - Washington State’s Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioners (ARNPs) are regulated by the Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission, a part of the Washington Department of Health (DOH) (APN Washington, n.d.).
- Fall '15
- Nursing, Advanced practice nurse, Registered nurse, American Academy Of Nurse Practitioners