In Missouri, 48% of the counties with hospitals providing surgical services offer anesthesia provided solely by CRNAs. CRNA-only anesthesia services are especially predominant in the rural, medically under-served areas of the state. Restricting our practice would cause rural patients to travel long distances to urban areas, or in some cases forgo needed care.
As advanced practice registered nurses, CRNAs practice with a high degree of autonomy and professional respect. We take the responsibility of safe anesthesia care very seriously.