FSAIO, fagligt selskab for anæstesi-,intensiv- og opvågningssygeplejersker (DSACCN, the Danish Society of Anaesthesia and Critical Care Nurses, and Recovery Nurses)


Number of anaesthesia cases per year:
400 000
Number of Nurse Anesthetists (CRNA):
1 750
Number of Anesthesiologists:
1 000
Number of habitants
5 354 000

• Nurse anaesthesia regulation: The National Board of Health. Homepage:
The Danish Nurse Organization. Homepage:
Regional Educational Board.
• Nurse Anaesthesia education:
Entry requirements: Danish authorization as a nurse.
Minimum 2 years of clinical hospital experience.

Duration of education: 6 months introduction period in anaesthesia service.
18 months theoretical/practical education at an anaesthesia service.
Certification: The Danish nurse anaesthetist is called a Special Trained Nurse in Anaesthesia Care, meaning certified Nurse Anaesthetist (National Diploma).

Number of classroom hours:
-Theory: 200 hours of theory (in a class room).
-Practice: 24 months excl. theory period and incl. 6 weeks study visit at another anaesthesia ward and 6 weeks study visit at a recovery ward and excluded theory period.
Number of Clinical training hours: 1-2 hours of clinical education per week when working in a clinical setting.

Certification: The student has to pass a national examination (multiple choice) and a written assignment, as well as successfully achieved evaluations from each practice period.

• Nurse Anaesthesia practice: Field of responsibility and function of nurse anaesthetists:
– provide anaesthesia for surgery, examination and therapy
– escorting critically ill patients in hospital and inter hospital
– prehospital treatment at disasters, accidents and acute diseases

• Recertification: No, but it is possible not mandatory to have  supplementary training incl. a written assignment after 5-7 years working as a nurse anaesthetist.

• Activities of the national Association:

– Contribute to improve of health standard in the population and develop nursing care.
– Improve collaboration between members of the association.
– Support educational and working tasks.
– Arrange conferences and meetings in order to qualify members
– Encourage to and assist at inquiries into the working fields of Nurse Anaesthetist, Critical Care Nurses and Recovery nurses.
– Promote transverse collaboration between different nursing societies and the anaesthesiologist society in Denmark.
– Represent Danish nurse anaesthetists and critical care and recovery nurses national and international collaborations.
– To improve the anaesthesia and the critical care nursing in Denmark.

Main tasks of the board:
One of the main tasks is to arrange 1-2 national days of congresses per year. The content of the congresses varies lot and reflect the wishes of our members. The society has a close collaboration with the medical industry. Two members of the board meet annual with the leadership of Danish Nurse Organisation in order to improve the collaboration and share experiences.
The board acts as advisory body concerning element of interest of the specialities e.g. educational matters, expert statement and opinions.
• Continuing education opportunities:
– supplementary training (regional difference)
– FSAIO congresses
– Education offers made in collaboration between FSAIO and the medical industry.

• Homepage:

• Professional Magazines: Dråben Danmark (on-line)

• Contact person for country information:
Name: Jytte Pedersen

• Registrar:

Name: Majken Frederiksen


Tel: oo45 98314173