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Perianesthesia Nurse

Perianesthesia nurses assist patients who have experienced sedation, analgesia and anesthesia. They provide care for patients who are undergoing anesthesia for medical intervention, treatment or surgical procedures and help them during all phases of recovery. These nurses prepare patients for surgery, monitor them while under anesthesia and help them when they wake up from surgery and become responsive. They serve a vital role in the safety, comfort and recovery of patients during surgery and other medical procedures. Perianesthesia nurses also assist anesthesiologists in preparation for surgery and report on the patient’s recovery, but they do not administer anesthetics. Perianesthesia nurses can work in a variety of medical settings, such as post anesthetic care units, diagnostic imaging centers, dental offices and surgical clinics.

Prospective perianesthesia nurses have to complete the required amount of training and education before entering the field. According to the American Board of Perianesthesia Nursing Certification, Inc., in order to become a certified perianesthesia nurse, you have to be a currently licensed registered nurse (RN) with at least 1,200 hours of perianesthesia nursing experience during your three years of RN certification. In addition, nurses must pass either the CPAN or CAPA examination to obtain their certification. After these steps have been completed, you will be eligible to enter an entry-level position as a perianesthesia nurse. Both recertification and continual learning are available for perianesthesia nurses, who want to continue or advance within the nursing specialty.

Like nurse anesthetists, perianesthesia nurses receive favorable pay when compared to other nursing specialties. The average salary for perianesthesia nurses is $69,957 a year, according to While they do not administer anesthetics, perianesthesia nurses play an important role in surgery and medical treatments. Perianesthesia nurses are more liable than other specialty nurses because they assist patients who have undergone anesthesia and must keep a watchful eye on them in case they experience a negative reaction to anesthesia or other treatments.