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This position is located in the Department of Perioperative Medicine (DPM).  DPM is responsible for providing anesthesia and surgical services to actively support the mission of the Clinical Center.  The DPM provides service and support for approximately 2000 surgical cases per year.  The CRNA resolves complex anesthesia and anesthesia-related care problems by request or assignment by staff anesthesiologists.  Care is rendered to children and adults with complex pathologies.  The CRNA is part of the Clinical Center’s ready work force.  “Ready work force” means that any member of this Department will be available for reassignment and capable of assuming other CRNA care responsibilities in the event of staffing requirement.

The Department of Perioperative Medicine is seeking to fill a Nurse Anesthetist position. The ideal candidate will possesses the following: Graduate of a Nurse Anesthesia educational program accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA) and have passed the certification examination administered by the Council on Certification of Nurse Anesthetists.

Duties

The CRNA is responsible for administering anesthesia for diagnostic and therapeutic procedures undertaken in the operating rooms as well in satellite locations in the MRI suites, in radiology, and medical and surgical intensive care units.

The major duties of the CRNA include but are not limited to the following:

Administers all types of anesthesia using general, regional and monitors anesthesia care techniques.  Such techniques include intravenous, intramuscular, rectal, spinal, epidural or inhalational methods (such as the use of endotracheal techniques and respiratory support by means of ventilators) for patients of all ages undergoing minor or complex surgical or diagnostic procedures.

Performs and documents pre-anesthetic nursing assessment and evaluation of the patient.  After consultation with the anesthesiologist, may request consultations and diagnostic studies and selects, obtains, orders and administers pre-anesthetic medication and fluids.

Checks the surgical schedules in order to set up appropriate anesthetic equipment, sterile trays, drugs, materials and solutions required and anticipates the need for operating table attachments, monitoring devices, blood transfusion accessories, and other special equipment.

Implements corrective measures for intraoperative anesthesia complications by providing airway management, administration of fluids and medications, using basic and advanced cardiac life support techniques, and communicating emergent events with the responsible anesthesiologist.

Assess post-anesthesia follow-up status as determined by responsible anesthesiologist.