Ashley N. Hanson, APRN, CRNA, an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse & Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist with Owatonna Hospital

An advanced practice registered nurse & certified registered nurse anesthetist, Ashley is affiliated with Owatonna Hospital. 

Owatonna Hospital is a non-profit regional medical center committed to providing quality, comprehensive care to patients in and around Steele County, Minnesota. Each year, the hospital provides a full range of inpatient, outpatient and emergency care services, as well as home and palliative care and hospice.

Prior to joining Owatonna Hospital, Ashley was on the Internal Medicine team at Cuyuna Regional Medical Center. She also has experience as a Registered Nurse Manager at Edgewood Assisted Living, a Charged Registered Nurse at Essential Health St. Joseph’s ICU, and as a Registered Nurse at Sanford Health’s Medical/Surgical Unit.

Regarding her educational background, she graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from The College of St. Scholastica in 2012. She then went on to earn her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from The Mayo Clinic Hospital – Rochester in 2021.

Attributing her success to her excellent education and training, strong colleagues and mentors, Ashley is the first in her family to receive a four-year degree. Her family has encouraged her and supported her through the whole process.

Continuously advancing her efforts, she is an active member of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists and the Minnesota Association of Nurse Anesthetists.

An Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) is a nurse who has obtained at least a master’s degree in nursing. APRNs may work across various healthcare settings, including hospitals, ambulatory clinics or long-term care facilities. They provide medical support and preventative care to patients, along with additional responsibilities of coordinating patient care and using specialized knowledge to manage complex patient conditions. APRNs can diagnose and treat as well as order and interpret tests and prescribe medications.

A Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) plays a crucial role in the success of a variety of medical procedures. They work in collaboration with surgeons, anesthesiologists, dentists, podiatrists, and other professionals to ensure the safe administration of anesthesia.

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