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
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 forNurse...
06.17.2019
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...
06.17.2019
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...
06.17.2019
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...
06.17.2019
- 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...
06.17.2019
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...
06.17.2019
Lakewood Health System has an exciting opportunity for a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist. Come and join an independent group of CRNAs in a full scope of practice environment with great staff and surgeons to work with. It is a full...
06.03.2019
Full time CRNA opportunity available at Carilion New River Valley Medical Center. Must possess skills to administer general/regional anesthesia and monitored anesthesia care to ASA Class I, II, III, IV and V patients undergoing invasive...
06.06.2019
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...
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...
05.06.2019
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...
06.17.2019
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,...
06.17.2019
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06.17.2019
Job Description: Join our Same Day Surgery Center team as Per Diem Nurse Anesthetist! We are an 8 room surgery center with a great variety of services including general, dental, ENT, GYN, orthopedics and pediatrics. We do about 6,200 surgical...
  1. 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 forNurse...
  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-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...
  5. 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...
  6. 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...
  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 Nurse Anesthetist Staples, MN Lakewood Health System
    Lakewood Health System has an exciting opportunity for a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist. Come and join an independent group of CRNAs in a full scope of practice environment with great staff and surgeons to work with. It is a full...
  9. Nurse, Anesthetist (Exempt) Roanoke, VA Carilion Clinic
    Full time CRNA opportunity available at Carilion New River Valley Medical Center. Must possess skills to administer general/regional anesthesia and monitored anesthesia care to ASA Class I, II, III, IV and V patients undergoing invasive...
  10. 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...
  11. Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) Oxford, NC Granville Health System
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  12. 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...
  13. 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,...
  14. 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...
  15. Per Diem Nurse Anesthetist St. Paul, MN Regions Hospital
    Job Description: Join our Same Day Surgery Center team as Per Diem Nurse Anesthetist! We are an 8 room surgery center with a great variety of services including general, dental, ENT, GYN, orthopedics and pediatrics. We do about 6,200 surgical...