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
06.17.2019
Qualifications: Graduate of an accredited Nurse Anesthesia Education Program with a Master's Degree in a related field or current certification and graduation from an accredited NAEP prior to January 1998 is required. Applicants must have...
08.21.2019
The Nurse Anesthetist is responsible for providing anesthesia to and/or monitoring of the patient. MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS Education: Graduate of accredited registered nursing program and a graduate of AANA accredited program for Nurse...
05.31.2019
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...
08.11.2019
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...
08.21.2019
- Masters degree is required 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...
08.21.2019
VCU Health System's Anesthesiology Department is seeking a part 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...
04.16.2019
Newly Approved Per Diem Rates for Per Diem CRNAs Qualifications: Graduate of an accredited Nurse Anesthesia Education Program with a Master's Degree in a related field or current certification and graduation from an accredited NAEP prior to...
08.16.2019
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...
06.28.2019
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...
07.23.2019
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...
07.03.2019
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...
06.17.2019
Newly Approved Per Diem Rates for CRNAs Qualifications: Graduate of an accredited Nurse Anesthesia Education Program with a Master's Degree in a related field; or graduation from a program accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse...
08.21.2019
CRNA Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist 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...
08.21.2019
Status: Full-Time, Hospital Employeed Schedule: Convenient flexible schedule with 8, 10 and 12 hour shift options available Basic Functions: This position embodies the Memorial Health System Performance Excellence Standards of Safety,...
08.21.2019
Status: PRN, Exempt. Schedule: As needed. Basic Functions: This position embodies the Memorial Health System Performance Excellence Standards of Safety, Courtesy, Quality, and Efficiency that support our mission, vision and values. These...
  1. Nurse Anesthetist Newark, NJ University Hospital
    Qualifications: Graduate of an accredited Nurse Anesthesia Education Program with a Master's Degree in a related field or current certification and graduation from an accredited NAEP prior to January 1998 is required. Applicants must have...
  2. Nurse Anesthetist Duluth, MN St. Luke's Hospital
    The Nurse Anesthetist is responsible for providing anesthesia to and/or monitoring of the patient. MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS Education: Graduate of accredited registered nursing program and a graduate of AANA accredited program for Nurse...
  3. 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...
  4. Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) - PRN 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...
  5. Anesthetist Richmond, VA VCU Health System
    - Masters degree is required 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...
  6. Anesthetist Richmond, VA VCU Health System
    VCU Health System's Anesthesiology Department is seeking a part 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...
  7. Nurse Anesthetist (Per Diem) Newark, NJ University Hospital
    Newly Approved Per Diem Rates for Per Diem CRNAs Qualifications: Graduate of an accredited Nurse Anesthesia Education Program with a Master's Degree in a related field or current certification and graduation from an accredited NAEP prior to...
  8. 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...
  9. 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...
  10. 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...
  11. 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...
  12. Nurse Anesthetist (Per Diem) Newark, NJ University Hospital
    Newly Approved Per Diem Rates for CRNAs Qualifications: Graduate of an accredited Nurse Anesthesia Education Program with a Master's Degree in a related field; or graduation from a program accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse...
  13. Nurse Anesthetist-Nursing Anesthesia BRAM Portland, ME MaineHealth
    CRNA Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist 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...
  14. Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist Springfield, IL Memorial Health System
    Status: Full-Time, Hospital Employeed Schedule: Convenient flexible schedule with 8, 10 and 12 hour shift options available Basic Functions: This position embodies the Memorial Health System Performance Excellence Standards of Safety,...
  15. Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist Springfield, IL Memorial Health System
    Status: PRN, Exempt. Schedule: As needed. Basic Functions: This position embodies the Memorial Health System Performance Excellence Standards of Safety, Courtesy, Quality, and Efficiency that support our mission, vision and values. These...