A nurse anesthetist administers anesthesia to patients. The nurse works on a team, often alongside an anesthesiologist. Strong communication skills are important, in order to be able to communicate well with patients and other team members. The nurse should be professional yet compassionate, in order to explain procedures to patients and to help them stay at ease. Prior to administering any anesthesia, the nurse perform a patient evaluation to determine the type and quantity of anesthesia necessary. Prior health conditions should be considered.
This position usually requires a registered nurse degree, with specific training and certification in nurse anesthesia. Valid state licensing as a registered nurse anesthetist should be possessed. The nurse may work at a hospital, clinic, or private practice.
Sometimes the health issues that a patient is facing may cause this to be a high-stress situation. It is important to be able to work well under pressure. The job is often full-time, though there are some part- time positions available. Depending on the facility, the nurse anesthetist may have to work long hours. Some jobs may offer daytime hours, while other jobs will have to be carried out at night. This job may have minimum physical requirements, as the job may involve a lot of standing, walking, and lifting.
Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) 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.