Nurse Anesthetist - Job Description, Duties, Education, Skills, Salary, & Growth

Nurse Anesthetist


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Job Description

 

Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) provide safe anesthetics for more than 32 million patients. These advanced practice nurses are a vital part of advanced care teams, such as trauma care, surgical or obstetrical teams in the United States.

They can administer anesthesia of any type and work in every type of practice setting to provide care during any type of operation or procedure, from simple pain management programs to open heart surgical teams.

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Responsibilities

 

CRNAs collaborate with other members of the health care team, such as anesthesiologists, surgeons, podiatrists, dentists and others.

Since they are registered nurses capable of advanced practice, CRNAs are given a high degree of professional respect and autonomy.

Anesthesia has been provided to patients by nurse anesthetists for over 125 years in the United States. The practice began with their care of wounded soldiers during the American Civil War.

Today, the United States is home to more than 36,000 nurse anesthetists. While only 8 percent of the nursing profession as a whole is made up of men, approximately 45 percent of the CRNAs in the U.S. are men.

In approximately two-thirds of the rural hospitals in the U.S., CRNAs are the sole providers of anesthesia to the facility’s patients.

This enables these rural health care facilities to offer services they may not otherwise be able to provide, such as obstetrics, surgical and trauma stabilization.

CRNAs are the sole providers of anesthesia services in nearly all of the rural hospitals in some states.

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Skills

 

Memorization

Must know and be able to recall information about drugs and their uses. You must remember what side effects certain drugs have and possible interactions. You must be able to recall everything you learned in school and keep current on practices.

Attention to Detail

Must pay attention. If you get the anesthetic wrong, you could kill somebody. It's important that you strive for perfection and are methodical about your practices.

Math & Science

Must use logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Preparing Anesthesia

Must know how to prepare and administer anesthesia.

Drug Knowledge

Must know how most drugs work, what they interact with, side effects, generic names, administration, alternatives, and allergic reactions.

Interpersonal

Must possess the skills and ability to communicate with people of all walks of life on any given day.

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Working Conditions

 

CRNAs may be found working in any of the following positions where anesthesia is delivered:

  • Hospital general surgical departments

  • Delivery rooms in obstetrics

  • Critical access hospitals

  • Outpatient and ambulatory treatment centers

  • Dentists offices

  • Podiatrist offices

  • Ophthalmologist offices

  • Plastic surgeons offices

  • Pain management centers

  • U.S. military health care facilities, Veterans’ Affairs and Public Health Service

Job opportunities for CRNAs are expected to be abundant for the foreseeable future. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services predicts there to be a significant and growing need for CRNAs in all areas of the country.

Because of the heavy load of responsibility carried by a CRNA, they are generally compensated accordingly. 

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Salary Outlook

Title Company Location Posted
04.18.2019
- NURSE ANESTHETIST (CRNA) - ANESTHESIOLOGY (NUR00PDC) Job Description NURSE ANESTHETIST (CRNA) - ANESTHESIOLOGY-NUR00PDC Description The University of North Carolina Health Care Department of Anesthesiology provides a full range of...
04.24.2019
Maine Medical Center Department: MaineHealth Maine Medical Center/Nursing Anesthesia BRAM Std Hrs/Wk: Full Time Shift: Flexible (As Needed) Full/Part Time: 40 Apply Internal Apply Create Job Alert Add to Cart Job Details: CRNA...
04.24.2019
Maine Medical Center Department: MaineHealth Maine Medical Center/Nursing Anesthesia BRAM Std Hrs/Wk: Full Time Shift: Flexible (As Needed) Full/Part Time: 40 Apply Internal Apply Create Job Alert Add to Cart Job Details: CRNA...
04.01.2019
Full time CRNA opportunity available at Carilion Franklin Memorial Hospital. Must possess skills to administer general/regional anesthesia and monitored anesthesia care to ASA Class I, II, III, IV and V patients undergoing invasive diagnostic...
04.24.2019
Job Description: Be part of something special at Regions Hospital and join our team as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA)! Regions Hospital is a verified Level I Trauma Center for both adults and children with the expertise and...
01.07.2019
Nash UNC Health Care is looking for talented individuals to join our Anesthesia department as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist! The CRNA will have the following experience and qualities: Ability to display a positive team player...
04.24.2019
VCU Health System's Anesthesiology Department is seeking a full time Anesthetist to provide anesthesia services at VCU Medical Center for all age groups. Responsibilities VCU Health is an Academic Medical Center providing Level 1 Trauma...
01.18.2018
Performs the primary functions of a certified registered nurse anesthetist and administers anesthetics to surgical, obstetrical, dental, and emergency patients. Observes the patient's condition and monitors the patient who are anesthetized with...
04.18.2019
Performs the primary functions of a certified registered nurse anesthetist and administers anesthetics to surgical, obstetrical, dental, and emergency patients. Observes the patient's condition and monitors the patient who are anesthetized with...
04.24.2019
The Department of Anesthesiology seeks a Nurse Anesthetist to provide general anesthesia in the operating rooms and to University patients undergoing surgical diagnostic and invasive procedures to patients of all ages. This does not include OB or...
04.24.2019
The Department of Anesthesiology seeks a Nurse Anesthetist to provide general anesthesia in the operating rooms and to University patients undergoing surgical, diagnostic, and invasive procedures to patients of all ages. This does not include OB...
03.29.2019
Looking for your next opportunity? If so, choose Parkland and discover what a meaningful job feels like. Whether you work directly with patients or use your talent to support our care, youll be part of a team thats providing valuable health...
02.28.2019
Allina Health is dedicated to the prevention and treatment of illness and enhancing the greater health of individuals, families and communities throughout Minnesota and western Wisconsin. A not-for-profit health care system, Allina Health cares...
04.24.2019
REPORTING RELATIONSHIPS: The staff nurse anesthetist reports to the Director of Anesthesia. Supervises Anesthesia Technicians and support staff when anesthesia needs are present. Works closely with all O.R. personnel to ensure adequate...
04.24.2019
Current Employees: If you are a current employee, please apply via the internal career site by logging into your Workday Account and clicking the "Career" icon on your homepage. Job Category Nursing Department RCH CRNAs...
  1. NURSE ANESTHETIST (CRNA) - ANESTHESIOLOGY Chapel Hill, NC UNC Health Care
    - NURSE ANESTHETIST (CRNA) - ANESTHESIOLOGY (NUR00PDC) Job Description NURSE ANESTHETIST (CRNA) - ANESTHESIOLOGY-NUR00PDC Description The University of North Carolina Health Care Department of Anesthesiology provides a full range of...
  2. Nurse Anesthetist-Nursing Anesthesia BRAM Portland, ME MaineHealth
    Maine Medical Center Department: MaineHealth Maine Medical Center/Nursing Anesthesia BRAM Std Hrs/Wk: Full Time Shift: Flexible (As Needed) Full/Part Time: 40 Apply Internal Apply Create Job Alert Add to Cart Job Details: CRNA...
  3. Nurse Anesthetist-Nursing Anesthesia MMC Portland, ME MaineHealth
    Maine Medical Center Department: MaineHealth Maine Medical Center/Nursing Anesthesia BRAM Std Hrs/Wk: Full Time Shift: Flexible (As Needed) Full/Part Time: 40 Apply Internal Apply Create Job Alert Add to Cart Job Details: CRNA...
  4. Nurse, Anesthetist (Exempt) Roanoke, VA Carilion Clinic
    Full time CRNA opportunity available at Carilion Franklin Memorial Hospital. Must possess skills to administer general/regional anesthesia and monitored anesthesia care to ASA Class I, II, III, IV and V patients undergoing invasive diagnostic...
  5. Nurse Anesthetist St. Paul, MN Regions Hospital
    Job Description: Be part of something special at Regions Hospital and join our team as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA)! Regions Hospital is a verified Level I Trauma Center for both adults and children with the expertise and...
  6. Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) Rocky Mount, NC Nash Health Care Systems
    Nash UNC Health Care is looking for talented individuals to join our Anesthesia department as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist! The CRNA will have the following experience and qualities: Ability to display a positive team player...
  7. Anesthetist Richmond, VA VCU Health System
    VCU Health System's Anesthesiology Department is seeking a full time Anesthetist to provide anesthesia services at VCU Medical Center for all age groups. Responsibilities VCU Health is an Academic Medical Center providing Level 1 Trauma...
  8. Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) Oxford, NC Granville Health System
    Performs the primary functions of a certified registered nurse anesthetist and administers anesthetics to surgical, obstetrical, dental, and emergency patients. Observes the patient's condition and monitors the patient who are anesthetized with...
  9. Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) Oxford, NC Granville Health System
    Performs the primary functions of a certified registered nurse anesthetist and administers anesthetics to surgical, obstetrical, dental, and emergency patients. Observes the patient's condition and monitors the patient who are anesthetized with...
  10. Nurse Anesthetist/UKHC Lexington, KY UK HealthCare
    The Department of Anesthesiology seeks a Nurse Anesthetist to provide general anesthesia in the operating rooms and to University patients undergoing surgical diagnostic and invasive procedures to patients of all ages. This does not include OB or...
  11. Nurse Anesthetist/UKHC Lexington, KY UK HealthCare
    The Department of Anesthesiology seeks a Nurse Anesthetist to provide general anesthesia in the operating rooms and to University patients undergoing surgical, diagnostic, and invasive procedures to patients of all ages. This does not include OB...
  12. Nurse Anesthetist CRNA Dallas, TX Parkland Heath and Hospital System
    Looking for your next opportunity? If so, choose Parkland and discover what a meaningful job feels like. Whether you work directly with patients or use your talent to support our care, youll be part of a team thats providing valuable health...
  13. Cert Reg Nurse Anesthetist Minneapolis, MN Allina Health
    Allina Health is dedicated to the prevention and treatment of illness and enhancing the greater health of individuals, families and communities throughout Minnesota and western Wisconsin. A not-for-profit health care system, Allina Health cares...
  14. ANESTHETIST (PRN) CHERAW Florence, SC McLeod Health
    REPORTING RELATIONSHIPS: The staff nurse anesthetist reports to the Director of Anesthesia. Supervises Anesthesia Technicians and support staff when anesthesia needs are present. Works closely with all O.R. personnel to ensure adequate...
  15. Nurse Anesthetist Rapid City, SD Regional Health
    Current Employees: If you are a current employee, please apply via the internal career site by logging into your Workday Account and clicking the "Career" icon on your homepage. Job Category Nursing Department RCH CRNAs...