CRNA (Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist)

$370,000 yearly
  • Acuity International
  • Iraq
  • Aug 16, 2022
Full Time Nursing

Job Description

Acuity International is seeking a Certified Nurse Anesthetist to support Surgical Teams on our Department of Defense and Department of State medical services contracts in the Middle East.

The Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) reports to the Program Manager and will be clinically supervised by the site medical director and work under the direction of a Physician, Surgeon, or Anesthetist. The CRNA will be assigned to treat patients in one of two settings: (1) Small medical/trauma hospitals, (2) Large medical/trauma hospital. 

The CRNA will administer anesthetics to patients undergoing medical, dental, and surgical procedures.  They will work under the direction of the attending surgeon, dentist, or anesthesiologist.  Duties will include getting supplies and equipment ready for procedures, studying and interpreting pre-surgical tests to determine how the anesthetic will affect the patient, and assuring that an adequate blood supply is on hand in case of an emergency.

In addition to administering the prescribed anesthetic, the CRNA will monitor the patient’s vital signs and communicate the information to the physicians.  They will also perform other tasks during these medical procedures, such as inserting artificial airways, administering oxygen, and attempting to prevent surgical shock.  In addition, they may be required to assist with stabilization of patient and coordination of evacuation of patient to medevac center or CONUS.

All services shall be provided in accordance with established standards, principles and ethics of the profession, applicable professional specialty organizations, and the high-quality standard for which Acuity International is recognized. 

Location - Balad, Iraq and Baghdad, Iraq.

Duties and Responsibilities

Perform and/or provide direction and support for the following services:

  • Perform pre-anesthetic screenings, including physical evaluations and patient interviews, and document results.
  • Develops, recommends, and implements standard operating instructions and practices pertaining to the administration and management of anesthetics that ensure client safety, confidentiality and timely, ethical and quality service.
  • Select and prescribe post-anesthesia medications or treatments to patients.
  • Administer post-anesthesia medications or fluids to support patients' cardiovascular systems.
  • Evaluate patients' post-surgical or post-anesthesia responses, taking appropriate corrective actions or requesting consultation if complications occur.
  • Monitors the effects of specific anesthesia, drugs, techniques, and patient reactions.
  • Select, order, or administer pre-anesthetic medications, anesthetics, adjuvant drugs, accessory drugs, fluids or blood products as necessary.
  • Discharge patients from post-anesthesia care.
  • Perform or evaluate the results of diagnostic tests such as radiographs (x-rays) and electrocardiograms (EKGs).
  • Manage patients' airway or pulmonary status using techniques such as endotracheal intubation, mechanical ventilation, pharmacological support, respiratory therapy, and extubation.
  • Monitor patients' responses, including skin color, pupil dilation, pulse, heart rate, blood pressure, respiration, ventilation, or urine output, using invasive and noninvasive techniques.
  • Assess patients' medical histories to predict anesthesia response.
  • Select, prepare, or use equipment, monitors, supplies, or drugs for the administration of anesthetics. Calibrate and test anesthesia equipment.
  • Insert arterial catheters or perform arterial punctures to obtain arterial blood samples.
  • Insert peripheral or central intravenous catheters.
  • Instruct staff on topics such as anesthetic techniques, pain management and emergency responses.
  • Request anesthesia equipment repairs, adjustments, or safety tests.
  • Maintains continuing education activities.
  • Comply with all applicable Acuity International standards and guidelines.
  • Participate and advise in Mass Casualty Exercises/Events.
  • Other Duties as assigned.
  • All Health Care Providers (HCPs) will document care delivered and follow up care required.
  • Attends and participates in a variety of meetings and task force groups to improve quality and outcomes, communicate issues, obtain approvals, resolve problems and maintain specific level of knowledge pertaining to new developments, new task efforts and new policy requirements.

Qualifications

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Must have completed an accredited Nursing training program leading to a diploma, certification or bachelor’s degree.
  • Must have completed an accredited Nurse Anesthetist school in the US resulting in a diploma or Master’s Degree.  
  • Must have a minimum of 3 years of experience as a licensed Nurse Anesthetist.
  • Hold and maintain a current unrestricted U.S. (State) Medical license as a Nurse Anesthetist.
  • Hold a current certification by the National Board of Certification and Recertification for Nurse Anesthetists (NBCRBA).
  • Have and maintain current certification in Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), and Basic Life Support (BLS).
  • Certification in Advanced Trauma Life Support is highly desirable.
  • All health care providers and medical support staff must have recent clinical experience in patient care for at least 6 months out of the past year.

OTHER REQUIREMENTS:

  • Must have a valid, current U.S. Driver’s License.
  • Must have a current U.S. Passport.
  • Must sign a Acuity Foreign Service Agreement (FSA) and is bound to the terms and conditions of the FSA.
  • Shall attend a Pre-deployment Counter Terrorism training course prior to deployment t.
  • Shall be proficient in the ability to speak, write and communicate in English.
  • Shall demonstrate proficiency in the use of basic word processing programs and the Acuity Medical Management Systems software.
  • Normal workweek is established by the DoS Chief of Missions.