Nurse Anesthetists

Health Science > Therapeutic Services

Projected Growth: Much faster than average

3200+
Projected Job Openings

Extensive Preparation Needed

Job Description

Your job is to Administer anesthesia, monitor patient’s vital signs, and oversee patient recovery from anesthesia. May assist anesthesiologists, surgeons, other physicians, or dentists. Must be registered nurses who have specialized graduate education.

Common job titles of Nurse Anesthetists include:
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Experience and Education

Extensive skill, knowledge, and experience are needed for these occupations. Many require more than five years of experience. For example, surgeons must complete four years of college and an additional five to seven years of specialized medical training to be able to do their job.

  • 77.42% said they needed a Master's Degree.

  • 6.45% said they needed a First Professional Degree.

Tasks

    Administer post-anesthesia medications or fluids to support patients' cardiovascular systems.

    Assess patients' medical histories to predict anesthesia response.

    Monitor patients' responses, including skin color, pupil dilation, pulse, heart rate, blood pressure, respiration, ventilation, or urine output, using invasive and noninvasive techniques.

    Insert peripheral or central intravenous catheters.

    Evaluate patients' post-surgical or post-anesthesia responses, taking appropriate corrective actions or requesting consultation if complications occur.

    Calibrate and test anesthesia equipment.

    Perform or evaluate the results of diagnostic tests, such as radiographs (x-rays) and electrocardiograms (EKGs).

    Select, order, or administer pre-anesthetic medications.

    Develop anesthesia care plans.

    Perform pre-anesthetic screenings, including physical evaluations and patient interviews, and document results.

    Select, order, or administer anesthetics, adjuvant drugs, accessory drugs, fluids or blood products as necessary.

    Select, prepare, or use equipment, monitors, supplies, or drugs for the administration of anesthetics.

    Manage patients' airway or pulmonary status, using techniques such as endotracheal intubation, mechanical ventilation, pharmacological support, respiratory therapy, and extubation.

    Prepare prescribed solutions and administer local, intravenous, spinal, or other anesthetics, following specified methods and procedures.

    Obtain informed consent from patients for anesthesia procedures.

    Discharge patients from post-anesthesia care.

    Select and prescribe post-anesthesia medications or treatments to patients.

    Disassemble and clean anesthesia equipment.

    Read current literature, talk with colleagues, and participate in professional organizations or conferences to keep abreast of developments in nursing.

    Instruct nurses, residents, interns, students, or other staff on topics such as anesthetic techniques, pain management and emergency responses.

    Insert arterial catheters or perform arterial punctures to obtain arterial blood samples.

    Respond to emergency situations by providing airway management, administering emergency fluids or drugs, or using basic or advanced cardiac life support techniques.

    Perform or manage regional anesthetic techniques, such as local, spinal, epidural, caudal, nerve blocks and intravenous blocks.

    Request anesthesia equipment repairs, adjustments, or safety tests.

Tools

Tracheotomy sets

Tourniquets

Swan Ganz artery catheters

Surgical gloves

Safety goggles

Pulse oximeters

Pulmonary artery catheters

All Tools

Protective face shields

Pretracheal stethoscopes

Precordial stethoscopes

Personal computers

Peripheral nerve stimulators

Patient controlled analgesia PCA pumps

Oxygen flowmeters

Oxygen delivery masks

Oxygen concentrators

Oropharyngeal airways

Nasal airways

Multiple lumen central line catheters

Mechanical stethoscopes

Magill forceps

Laryngeal mask airways LMA

Laptop computers

Invasive hemodynamic pressure monitors

Intravenous IV infusion pumps

Intravenous IV administration equipment

Intermittent positive pressure breathing IPPB ventilators

Hypodermic syringes

Gas anesthesia administration machines

Fiberoptic bronchoscopes

Esophageal intubation detectors

Epidural catheters

Epidural block equipment trays

Endotracheal ET tubes

End tidal carbon dioxide monitors

Electronic thermometer probes

Electronic blood pressure cuffs

Electrocardiography EKG machines

Digital anesthesia machines

Cardiac monitors

Capnographs

Calibrated vaporizers

Blood collection tubes

Blood collection syringes

Bispectral index monitors BIS

Bilevel positive airway pressure BiPAP ventilators

Automated external defibrillators AED

Arterial line catheters

Anesthesia masks

Technologies

MEDITECH software

AetherPalm InfusiCalc

Allscripts Professional EHR

Amkai AmkaiCharts

Bizmatics PrognoCIS EMR

Cerner Millennium

ChartWare EMR

All Technologies

Drug database software

e-MDs software

eClinicalWorks

EDImis Anesthesia Manager

GE Healthcare Centricity EMR

Medscribbler Enterprise

MicroFour PracticeStudio.NET EMR

NextGen Healthcare Information Systems EMR

Skyscape AnesthesiaDrugs

SOAPware EMR

StatCom Patient Flow Logistics Enterprise Suite

SynaMed EMR

Texas Medical Software SpringCharts EMR

Skills

Reading Comprehension

Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Critical Thinking

Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Active Learning

Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

Monitoring

Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Active Listening

Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

Speaking

Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Social Perceptiveness

Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

Service Orientation

Actively looking for ways to help people.

Complex Problem Solving

Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

Science

Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.

Judgment and Decision Making

Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

Learning Strategies

Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.

Operation Monitoring

Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

Writing

Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Time Management

Managing one's own time and the time of others.

Coordination

Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

Instructing

Teaching others how to do something.

Systems Evaluation

Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.

Management of Personnel Resources

Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.

Abilities

Tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Problem Sensitivity

Listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Comprehension

Read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Written Comprehension

Communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Expression

Apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Deductive Reasoning

Combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Inductive Reasoning

Arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Information Ordering

See details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

Sensory Abilities › Visual Abilities › Near Vision

Communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Written Expression

Concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.

Attentiveness › Cognitive Abilities › Selective Attention

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Occupation Sections

Knowledge

Medicine and Dentistry

Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.

Biology

Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.

Chemistry

Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.

English Language

Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

Physics

Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes.

Mathematics

Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

Psychology

Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.

Education and Training

Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

Law and Government

Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.

Administration and Management

Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.

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