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
02.24.2017
Graduate of an accredited school of nursing BLS certification required Certification/Licensure/Registration MN RN licensure prior to start JOB SUMMARY The Nurse Anesthetist is responsible for providing anesthesia to and/or monitoring of...
02.24.2017
Graduate of an accredited school of nursing BLS certification required Certification/Licensure/Registration MN RN licensure prior to start JOB SUMMARY The Nurse Anesthetist is responsible for providing anesthesia to and/or monitoring of...
02.06.2017
Basic function: 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 diagnostic procedures. Evaluate the effectiveness of...
12.09.2016
Basic function: 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 diagnostic procedures. Evaluate the effectiveness of...
11.14.2016
Basic function: 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 diagnostic procedures. Evaluate the effectiveness of...
02.24.2017
The Chief Nurse Anesthetist ensures 24 hour CRNAs coverage, responds to emergencies within the hospital, ensures compliance with National Patient Safety Goals, handles customer complaints, ensures storage and safety of medications, serves on...
06.30.2015
Position Summary: 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...
02.24.2017
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...
02.24.2017
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...
02.25.2017
Department: AnesthesiologyA Life-Changing CareerPosition Summary: Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) You are invited to be a part of the Mayo Clinic legacy where CRNAs are essential anesthesia care providers within our...
02.25.2017
Department: AnesthesiologyA Life-Changing CareerPosition Summary: The Department of Anesthesiology is seeking a CRNA to join a growing practice at Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato, MN. The CRNA will be joining a team of eight...
12.13.2016
Graduate of approved & certified school of anesthesia Current license as RN plus Board certification by AANA Position Summary The CRNA is directly responsible to the CRNA Manager or his/her Assistant Manager, and to the supervising...
12.13.2016
Graduate of approved & certified school of anesthesia Current license as RN plus Board certification by AANA Position Summary The CRNA is directly responsible to the CRNA Manager or his/her Assistant Manager, and to the supervising...
10.31.2016
The CRNA will employ multiple modalities, including regional anesthesia, MAC sedation and general anesthesia, in the operating room as well as the Labor & Delivery suite to provide adequate analgesia or anesthesia during surgical procedures....
12.11.2015
Provides pre operative, intra operative, and post operative safe and comprehensive anesthesia care to patients during surgical procedures, pain relief, airway management, obstetrics, cardioversions, x ray procedures, and emergency room treatment....
  1. Nurse Anesthetist Duluth, MN St. Luke's Hospital
    Graduate of an accredited school of nursing BLS certification required Certification/Licensure/Registration MN RN licensure prior to start JOB SUMMARY The Nurse Anesthetist is responsible for providing anesthesia to and/or monitoring of...
  2. Nurse Anesthetist Duluth, MN St. Luke's Hospital
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  4. Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) Springfield, IL Memorial Health System
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  5. Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) Springfield, IL Memorial Health System
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  6. Chief Nurse Anesthetist - Anesthesia Department Florence, SC McLeod Health
    The Chief Nurse Anesthetist ensures 24 hour CRNAs coverage, responds to emergencies within the hospital, ensures compliance with National Patient Safety Goals, handles customer complaints, ensures storage and safety of medications, serves on...
  7. Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) Oxford, NC Granville Health System
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  8. 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...
  9. Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (General Surgery) 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...
  10. Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist - CRNA Job Rochester, MN Mayo Clinic - Rochester
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  11. Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist - CRNA Job Rochester, MN Mayo Clinic - Rochester
    Department: AnesthesiologyA Life-Changing CareerPosition Summary: The Department of Anesthesiology is seeking a CRNA to join a growing practice at Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato, MN. The CRNA will be joining a team of eight...
  12. Certified Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) Gallipolis, OH Holzer
    Graduate of approved & certified school of anesthesia Current license as RN plus Board certification by AANA Position Summary The CRNA is directly responsible to the CRNA Manager or his/her Assistant Manager, and to the supervising...
  13. Certified Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) Gallipolis, OH Holzer
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    Provides pre operative, intra operative, and post operative safe and comprehensive anesthesia care to patients during surgical procedures, pain relief, airway management, obstetrics, cardioversions, x ray procedures, and emergency room treatment....