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
11.22.2019
Responsibilities Under the supervision of an anesthesiologist, the Nurse Anesthetist (NA) will perform safe anesthesia care, consisting of the following: pre-operative assessment, writing of appropriate pre-op orders as specified by approved...
11.22.2019
Responsibilities Under the supervision of an anesthesiologist, the Nurse Anesthetist (NA) will perform safe anesthesia care, consisting of the following: pre-operative assessment, writing of appropriate pre-op orders as specified by approved...
11.11.2019
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...
12.09.2019
- Appropriate licensure is required VCU Health System is seeking a full time Anesthetist to provide anesthesia services at VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital in South Hill, Virginia for all age groups. Join an experienced team of seven...
11.28.2019
Administers anesthesia and anesthesia-related care from pre-anesthetic patient assessment and evaluation through post-anesthetic patient follow-up, evaluation and care, formulating and carrying out anesthetic patient care plans in...
12.07.2019
Administers anesthesia and anesthesia-related care from pre-anesthetic patient assessment and evaluation through post-anesthetic patient follow-up, evaluation and care, formulating and carrying out anesthetic patient care plans in...
12.09.2019
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...
12.09.2019
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...
12.09.2019
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12.09.2019
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...
12.09.2019
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...
12.09.2019
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...
12.09.2019
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...
12.03.2019
Full time CRNA opportunity available at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital. Work 8, 10, or 12 hour shifts. Varied shifts, hours, to include some weekends/holidays as needed and call shifts. Must possess skills to administer general/regional...
12.09.2019
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...
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