Nurse Anesthetists

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About the Job

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.

It is also Called

  • Staff Nurse Anesthetist
  • Staff Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist, Anesthesia Service (Staff CRNA, Anesthesia Service)
  • Staff Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (Staff CRNA)
  • Senior Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (Senior CRNA)
  • Professor/Nurse Anesthetist
  • Nurse Anesthetist
  • Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice (DNAP)
  • Chief Nurse Executive
  • Chief Nurse Anesthetist
  • Chief Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (Chief CRNA)
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What They Do

  • Disassemble and clean anesthesia equipment.
  • 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.
  • Request anesthesia equipment repairs, adjustments, or safety tests.
  • Read current literature, talk with colleagues, and participate in professional organizations or conferences to keep abreast of developments in nursing.
  • Discharge patients from post-anesthesia care.
  • Insert peripheral or central intravenous catheters.
  • Select and prescribe post-anesthesia medications or treatments to patients.
  • Evaluate patients' post-surgical or post-anesthesia responses, taking appropriate corrective actions or requesting consultation if complications occur.
  • Calibrate and test anesthesia equipment.

Interests

People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: IAE.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Investigative interests, but also prefer Artistic and Enterprising environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Support, but also value Relationships and Achievement in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • 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.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • 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 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.
  • 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.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

Education Required

Most of these occupations require graduate school. For example, they may require a master's degree, and some require a Ph.D., M.D., or J.D. (law degree).

Wages

In 2016, the average annual wage in Pennsylvania was $159,700 with most people making between $133,030 and $200,850

Outlook

1.10%
avg. annual growth

During 2014, this occupation employed approximately 2,100 people in Pennsylvania. It is projected that there will be 2,330 employed in 2024.

This occupation will have about 23 openings due to growth and about 47 replacement openings for approximately 70 total annual openings.

Industries that Employ this Occupation

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