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Nurse Anesthetists

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.

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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

    • Manage patients' airway or pulmonary status, using techniques such as endotracheal intubation, mechanical ventilation, pharmacological support, respiratory therapy, and extubation.
    • Respond to emergency situations by providing airway management, administering emergency fluids or drugs, or using basic or advanced cardiac life support techniques.
    • Monitor patients' responses, including skin color, pupil dilation, pulse, heart rate, blood pressure, respiration, ventilation, or urine output, using invasive and noninvasive techniques.
    • Select, order, or administer anesthetics, adjuvant drugs, accessory drugs, fluids or blood products as necessary.
    • Select, prepare, or use equipment, monitors, supplies, or drugs for the administration of anesthetics.
    • Assess patients' medical histories to predict anesthesia response.
    • Perform or manage regional anesthetic techniques, such as local, spinal, epidural, caudal, nerve blocks and intravenous blocks.
    • Develop anesthesia care plans.
    • Obtain informed consent from patients for anesthesia procedures.
    • Prepare prescribed solutions and administer local, intravenous, spinal, or other anesthetics, following specified methods and procedures.
    • Perform pre-anesthetic screenings, including physical evaluations and patient interviews, and document results.
    • Calibrate and test anesthesia equipment.
    • Evaluate patients' post-surgical or post-anesthesia responses, taking appropriate corrective actions or requesting consultation if complications occur.
    • Administer post-anesthesia medications or fluids to support patients' cardiovascular systems.
    • Select and prescribe post-anesthesia medications or treatments to patients.
    • Perform or evaluate the results of diagnostic tests, such as radiographs (x-rays) and electrocardiograms (EKGs).
    • Select, order, or administer pre-anesthetic medications.
    • Insert peripheral or central intravenous catheters.
    • Insert arterial catheters or perform arterial punctures to obtain arterial blood samples.
    • Discharge patients from post-anesthesia care.
    • Read current literature, talk with colleagues, and participate in professional organizations or conferences to keep abreast of developments in nursing.
    • Request anesthesia equipment repairs, adjustments, or safety tests.
    • Instruct nurses, residents, interns, students, or other staff on topics such as anesthetic techniques, pain management and emergency responses.
    • Disassemble and clean anesthesia equipment.

    Skills

    • Critical Thinking

      Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

    • Reading Comprehension

      Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

    • Active Learning

      Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

    WorkKeys®

    Applied Math
    4
    Workplace Documents
    5
    Graphic Literacy
    4

    Abilities

    • Problem Sensitivity

      The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.

    • Information Ordering

      The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

    • Oral Comprehension

      The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

    Knowledge

    • 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.

    • 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.

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    Pay

    • Ohio Annual Salary 174600/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage 83.94/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage

    Ohio Employment Trends

    • Currently Employed 2,550
    • Yearly Projected Openings 170

    Typical Education

    Personality

    Investigative: People interested in this work like activities that include ideas, thinking, and figuring things out. They do well at jobs that need:
    • Attention to Detail
    • Dependability
    • Stress Tolerance
    • Integrity
    • Concern for Others
    • Adaptability/Flexibility

    Tools

    • Epidural anesthesia kit or tray
    • Electronic stethoscopes or accessories
    • Cardiac output CO monitoring units or accessories
    • Arterial line catheters
    • Anesthesia inhalers or inhaler units or accessories

    Technology

    • Word processing software
    • Medical software

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