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The Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA), under the direct supervision of an attending anesthesiologist, administers or assists with the administration of anesthesia for patients of all ages who are undergoing surgery, radiologic procedures, or any procedure requiring anesthesia. CRNAs will be involved in all aspects of perioperative care including pre-operative assessment, initiation and maintenance of general and/or regional anesthesia, sedation, airway management, emergence, and post-anesthesia care. Employee will follow applicable policies and procedures in handling supplies, pharmaceuticals, and equipment.
Provides clinical care to patients in the peri-operative period under the direct supervision of an attending anesthesiologist.
Performs and documents pre-anesthetic evaluations, including requesting diagnostic studies and/or consultations.
Obtains informed consent for anesthesia.
Develops and implements anesthetic plan based on pre-anesthetic information and in consultation with the attending anesthesiologist.
Selects, orders, and administers anesthetic and adjuvant drugs, fluids, and blood products, as indicated.
Initiate anesthetic techniques including general, regional, and local anesthesia and sedation and maintenance.
As indicated, secures appropriate venous access including placement of peripheral, arterial, central venous, and pulmonary arterial catheters.
Supports life functions during the anesthetic period, including airway management, use of invasive and non-invasive monitoring devices, and cardiopulmonary resuscitation as indicated.
Records and documents all events taking place during the induction, maintenance, and emergence from anesthesia.
Facilitates the emergence and recovery from anesthesia through appropriate use of medications, fluids, blood products, and mechanical ventilation.
Accompanies patients to PACU and provide post-anesthetic care until patient is safe for discharge.
Responds to emergency situations as needed.
Communicates with supervising anesthesiologist regarding all critical events during perioperative anesthetic management
Performs other duties as appropriate to advance employee's own professional development and education and to support research, educational, and administrative functions within the practice
Attends departmental meetings and teaching conferences as appropriate
Maintains required credentials and recertification including attending continuing education conferences as indicated
Participates in administrative projects as requested to enhance the practice of anesthesia and the smooth operation of the perioperative complex
Participates in the education of fellows, residents, medical students, and student nurse anesthetists.
Current RN license from the State of California. Current California Nurse Anesthetist certification. Current BLS certification. Current American Heart Association Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) certification. Satisfactory completion of the qualifying examination of the Council on Certification of Nurse Anesthetists (CCNA).
Graduate nurse from an accredited school of nursing. Graduate of a program of nurse anesthesia of at least 24 months duration approved by the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA).
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