Projected Growth: Much faster than average
Projected Job Openings
Extensive Preparation Needed
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:
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.
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.
Swan Ganz artery catheters
Pulmonary artery cathetersAll Tools
Protective face shields
Peripheral nerve stimulators
Patient controlled analgesia PCA pumps
Oxygen delivery masks
Multiple lumen central line catheters
Laryngeal mask airways LMA
Invasive hemodynamic pressure monitors
Intravenous IV infusion pumps
Intravenous IV administration equipment
Intermittent positive pressure breathing IPPB ventilators
Gas anesthesia administration machines
Esophageal intubation detectors
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
Blood collection tubes
Blood collection syringes
Bispectral index monitors BIS
Bilevel positive airway pressure BiPAP ventilators
Automated external defibrillators AED
Arterial line catheters
Allscripts Professional EHR
Bizmatics PrognoCIS EMR
ChartWare EMRAll Technologies
Drug database software
EDImis Anesthesia Manager
GE Healthcare Centricity EMR
MicroFour PracticeStudio.NET EMR
NextGen Healthcare Information Systems EMR
StatCom Patient Flow Logistics Enterprise Suite
Texas Medical Software SpringCharts EMR
Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
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.
Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
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.
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.
Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
Managing one's own time and the time of others.
Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
Teaching others how to do something.
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.
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
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.
Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
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.
Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
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.
Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
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.