Student Nurse Anesthetists’ Views on CRNA Role Transition

  • Andy Tracey, MSN, CRNA


Purpose: Understanding student nurse anesthetists’ views on nurse anesthetist role transition.

Design and Methods: Three focus groups were conducted with a total of 17 nurse anesthesia students. Nurse Anesthesia Programs in the Chicago area were contacted to elicit volunteers.  Discussions were audiotaped and transcribed verbatim. Thematic analysis using constant comparison was completed within and across focus groups.

Findings: Nurse Anesthesia students defined successful role transition from RN to CRNA as the ability to function independently with minimal backup or assistance while ensuring patient safety through a successful anesthetic. The following themes were identified as factors affecting SRNAs’ successful role transition: Preceptor, Mentoring, Reflection, Training Variety, and CRNA role modeling.

Conclusions: Perceptions on what factors affect the role transition from RN to CRNA vary depending upon the level of training SRNAs have had in their anesthesia program. SRNAs nearing the end of their training have a firmer grasp on which factors affect their transition. This pilot study has allowed this researcher to examine the perceptions of SRNAs at different levels in their training and allowed for future changes in planning for a full study.


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How to Cite
TRACEY, MSN, CRNA, Andy. Student Nurse Anesthetists’ Views on CRNA Role Transition. Anesthesia eJournal, [S.l.], v. 3, n. 1, aug. 2015. ISSN 2333-2611. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 24 feb. 2020.


nurse anesthesia, anesthesia training, role transition