CRNA Skills and Abilities

Updated on: March 15, 2018

Some may argue, but our skills and abilities are what make us eligible to work at an organization.

While these skills and abilities are truly highlighted once a person begins working at a specific place, it is essential to put them on a resume and a cover letter when applying for a job.

It is okay if you just put in statements, outlining what you are capable of doing, as far as the resume is concerned. For cover letters, you will have to make an extra effort to see how you can fit them in prose form.

Writing your skills will bring you many steps closer to the interview process. Most hiring managers’ focus is not on the experience part of your resume – the often actively looking for information on your skills, and how you have used them positively in the past.

Where cover letters are concerned, they are all about abilities and skills anyway, so this is where you need to concentrate your energies.

Even if you are applying for a job for which you have had no prior experience, you must concentrate on showcasing your skills. That is because the more you talk about them, the higher your chances of being selected for a position.

To see what skills a certified registered nurse anesthetist should write in her or his resume and cover letter, have a look at the following list:


Skills and Abilities for CRNA

• Experienced in creating, developing, and implementing anesthesia administering plans for the assigned patient population.

• Effectively able to select, order, and handle the right type of anesthesia for each patient, based on prior evaluations.

• Deep familiarity with completing and documenting physical examinations and evaluations of assigned patients.

• Documented success in effectively and efficiently selecting, ordering, obtaining, and administering analgesic and anesthetic agents, adjuvant drugs, and blood products necessary to provide anesthesia services.

• Familiar with performing all aspects of airway management, including fiberoptic intubation.

• Exceptionally well-versed in initiating and administering respiratory support to ensure adequate ventilation and oxygenation in the post-anesthesia period.

• Qualified to provide efficient and well-placed post-anesthesia follow-up evaluation and care.

• Competent in implementing both acute and chronic pain management modalities, according to established protocols.

• Proven ability to managing emergency situations by assessing, stabilizing, and determining the disposition of patients.

• Solid track record of placing and executing regional anesthetic techniques, and maintaining patients’ anesthesia levels during the surgery.

• Highly experienced in ensuring proper anesthesia recovery for patients, until it is time for them to be transferred to their rooms.