General Practice Nurse Anesthetist/Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNA)


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BASIC DESCRIPTION

Nurse anesthetists are responsible for inducing anesthesia, maintaining it at the required levels, and supporting life functions while anesthesia is being administered. Nurse anesthetists administer all types of anesthesia and may perform general, local, and regional anesthesia procedures to pediatric, adult, and geriatric patients, using invasive monitoring techniques when necessary. These nurses practice as part of a highly skilled interdisciplinary team. A variety of practice settings exist including

■ Emergency rooms
■ Operating rooms
■ Physicians’ offices
■ Plastic surgery practices
■ Dental practices
■ Orthopedic practices

EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENTS

Registered nurse (RN) preparation with Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist certification is required; Master of Science in Nursing is preferred. To enter a nurse anesthetist program, one must possess an active RN license and a baccalaureate degree (may or may not be in nursing). The person must also fulfill certain prerequisites before applying, which vary according to institution. The applicant must also possess a minimum of 1 year of critical care experience as an RN.

CORE COMPETENCIES/SKILLS NEEDED

■ Assessment skills and a constant awareness of what is going on at all times
■ Skill in history taking and physical assessment
■ Patient education skills
■ Ability to recognize and take appropriate corrective action (including consulting with anesthesiologist) for abnormal patient responses
■ Excellent observation skills
■ Ability to provide resuscitative care until the patient has regained control of vital functions
■ Skill in administering spinal, epidural, auxiliary, and field blocks

RELATED WEB SITES AND PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

■ American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (www.aana.com)
■ Council on Certification of Nurse Anesthetists

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