A nurse anesthetist has many different responsibilities in a medical setting, but their main duty is to help prepare and administer anesthetics to patients for surgery and other procedures. They are also responsible for choosing what anesthetic agents will be used on the patients based on physical and psychological factors, monitor patients in the operating room to maintain the proper level of anesthetics and prevent injuries, and help train and assist students to ensure they are properly trained. This is generally a full-time position that takes place in a health care facility such as a hospital or surgery center. Exposure to bodily fluids and communicable diseases may occur in this environment, although sanitary and safety procedures can help mitigate exposure.
Nurse anesthetists must graduate from an accredited school of nursing, and they likely need to be licensed as an advanced practice registered nurse and accredited by American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA); this generally involves additional education. They also must have a valid nursing license in the state in which they practice. A nurse anesthetist needs to have excellent verbal and written communication skills, be able to work quickly and efficiently, and be able to adapt to stressful situations.
Nurse Anesthetist Tasks
Administer anesthesia for patients prior to surgery or delivery.
Perform a physical assessment of patient.
Oversee patient postoperative and recovery.
Monitor levels of anesthesia intraoperatively and adjust accordingly.