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
06.18.2018
Graduate from an accredited program. BLS certification required prior to starting employment Certification/Licensure/Registration MN RN licensure prior to starting employment JOB SUMMARY The Nurse Anesthetist is responsible for providing...
06.18.2018
Graduate from an accredited program. BLS certification required prior to starting employment Certification/Licensure/Registration MN RN licensure prior to starting employment JOB SUMMARY The Nurse Anesthetist is responsible for providing...
06.18.2018
Portland, ME Maine Medical Center, a MaineHealth member, is currently recruiting for a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) to work in a Level 1 Trauma Center on the breathtaking Coast of Maine. We have 80+ hospital employed CRNAs on...
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...
06.18.2018
VCU Health System's ANES Anesthesiology is seeking a full time Anesthetist to provide anesthesia services at VCU Medical Center for all age groups. Responsibilities Must possess knowledge of local, federal and state laws and regulations and...
06.18.2018
Status: Full-Time, Exempt Schedule: Variable days plus evening rotation 3-4 times a year and weekend rotation 1-2 times a year. Memorial Health System is seeking CRNAs to join our growing anesthesia team. More than 29,000 surgeries annually...
06.18.2018
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...
06.18.2018
Status: PRN, Exempt. Schedule: As needed. Summary: The CRNA is responsible for the administration of anesthesia employing a variety of techniques to render persons insensible to pain during a variety of surgical, dental, obstetric, and...
06.18.2018
Core Privileges: We recognize that there are certain core competencies that every CRNA is able to demonstrate as a result of his/her education and training. They include the following. Administer and monitor general anesthesia or monitored...
06.18.2018
VCU Health System's Anesthesiology is seeking a full time Anesthetist Senior to provide anesthesia services at VCU Medical Center for all age groups. To assist the Chief Anesthetist with administrative duties. Responsibilities Must possess...
06.18.2018
Masters Degree Required We are a well-established group seeking a full-time CRNA to join us due to increased staffing and location needs. -Option for scheduled shifts, including 12-16 hours -No holiday work unless desired -CRNAs work...
04.30.2018
The Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) performs clinical anesthesia duties and takes appropriate responsibility for direct patient care and for on-call as assigned. The CRNA prioritizes anesthetic decisions, administers anesthetic...
03.12.2018
The Nurse Anesthetist administers anesthesia for surgical, obstetrical, and other medical procedures for all age groups neonates, pediatric, adult, and geriatric patients following medically approved techniques under the professional direction...
04.06.2018
Administer anesthesia and anesthesia-related care in collaboration and consultation with attending anesthesiologists in the main OR and satellite areas. ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: Participates in pre-anesthetic preparation and...
06.18.2018
The staff nurse anesthetist reports to the Director of Anesthesia and the Medical Director of the O.R. Supervises Anesthesia Technicians and support staff when anesthesia needs are present. Works closely with all O.R. personnel to ensure...
  1. Nurse Anesthetist Duluth, MN St. Luke's Hospital
    Graduate from an accredited program. BLS certification required prior to starting employment Certification/Licensure/Registration MN RN licensure prior to starting employment JOB SUMMARY The Nurse Anesthetist is responsible for providing...
  2. Nurse Anesthetist Duluth, MN St. Luke's Hospital
    Graduate from an accredited program. BLS certification required prior to starting employment Certification/Licensure/Registration MN RN licensure prior to starting employment JOB SUMMARY The Nurse Anesthetist is responsible for providing...
  3. Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist -Anesthesia Portland, ME MaineHealth
    Portland, ME Maine Medical Center, a MaineHealth member, is currently recruiting for a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) to work in a Level 1 Trauma Center on the breathtaking Coast of Maine. We have 80+ hospital employed CRNAs on...
  4. 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...
  5. Anesthetist Richmond, VA VCU Health System
    VCU Health System's ANES Anesthesiology is seeking a full time Anesthetist to provide anesthesia services at VCU Medical Center for all age groups. Responsibilities Must possess knowledge of local, federal and state laws and regulations and...
  6. Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) Springfield, IL Memorial Health System
    Status: Full-Time, Exempt Schedule: Variable days plus evening rotation 3-4 times a year and weekend rotation 1-2 times a year. Memorial Health System is seeking CRNAs to join our growing anesthesia team. More than 29,000 surgeries annually...
  7. 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...
  8. Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) Springfield, IL Memorial Health System
    Status: PRN, Exempt. Schedule: As needed. Summary: The CRNA is responsible for the administration of anesthesia employing a variety of techniques to render persons insensible to pain during a variety of surgical, dental, obstetric, and...
  9. Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist Springfield, IL Memorial Health System
    Core Privileges: We recognize that there are certain core competencies that every CRNA is able to demonstrate as a result of his/her education and training. They include the following. Administer and monitor general anesthesia or monitored...
  10. Anesthetist Sr Richmond, VA VCU Health System
    VCU Health System's Anesthesiology is seeking a full time Anesthetist Senior to provide anesthesia services at VCU Medical Center for all age groups. To assist the Chief Anesthetist with administrative duties. Responsibilities Must possess...
  11. CRNA - Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist St. Cloud, MN CentraCare Health
    Masters Degree Required We are a well-established group seeking a full-time CRNA to join us due to increased staffing and location needs. -Option for scheduled shifts, including 12-16 hours -No holiday work unless desired -CRNAs work...
  12. Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist - CRNA Rochester, MN Mayo Clinic Campus in Minnesota
    The Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) performs clinical anesthesia duties and takes appropriate responsibility for direct patient care and for on-call as assigned. The CRNA prioritizes anesthetic decisions, administers anesthetic...
  13. STAFF ANESTHETIST (CRNA) - PRN Statesville, NC Iredell Health System
    The Nurse Anesthetist administers anesthesia for surgical, obstetrical, and other medical procedures for all age groups neonates, pediatric, adult, and geriatric patients following medically approved techniques under the professional direction...
  14. Certified RN Anesthetist Charlottesville, VA University of Virginia Health System
    Administer anesthesia and anesthesia-related care in collaboration and consultation with attending anesthesiologists in the main OR and satellite areas. ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: Participates in pre-anesthetic preparation and...
  15. Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (Cardiac Service Line) Florence, SC McLeod Health
    The staff nurse anesthetist reports to the Director of Anesthesia and the Medical Director of the O.R. Supervises Anesthesia Technicians and support staff when anesthesia needs are present. Works closely with all O.R. personnel to ensure...