Career Overview For Nurse Anesthetist


Read here a brief summary about nurse-anesthetist career. This information will help you to get better knowldge about this profession.


Under the supervision of an anesthetist, an nurse anesthetist will assist in the anesthesia of patients who require surgery. An anesthetist will meet patients of all ages and with all kinds of complaints. For example, during operations, he / she works in a team led by a plastic, cadio, neurosurgeon or a surgeon or doctors with a different specialization.

The duties of an nurse anesthetist include setting up, adjusting and checking the equipment, applying an IV, helping to sedate and wake the patient (for example after an epidural or general anesthesia), monitoring the vital body functions ( such as heart rate and breathing), record keeping and reporting to the anesthetist if unexpected changes occur. In addition to these tasks, a nurse anesthetist is also present at consultation hours and one of his / her tasks is to inform and reassure patients about the upcoming treatment and anesthesia and to monitor the patient's comfort.

A nurse anesthetist can work in different departments of a hospital. Although the operating room is the most common workplace, other options are the outpatient clinic, emergency room, intensive care unit, delivery room or with a trauma team. Some of these places require additional training.

Although the final responsibility for the anesthesia lies with the anesthetist, the nurse anesthetist also has a great deal of responsibility. Speciallywhen monitoring the bodily functions, an nurse anesthetist must work attentively and accurately and must be able to react immediately if complications arise. An nurse anesthetist must also be stress resistant as he has to work under pressure and also faces deaths.

A nurse anesthetist may have irregular working hours and evening, night and weekend shifts.

What are the Prospects for Nurse Anesthetist Career?

At the moment there's a shortage of nurse anesthetists, so there're plenty of vacancies to be found.

You can specialize further or have additional training so that you can gain more powers or work in a trauma team. In addition, there's also the possibility to take on additional tasks, for example management tasks or you could become a team leader or department head.

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