NURSE ANESTHETIST CRNA

POSITION TITLE: CERTIFIED REGISTERED NURSE ANESTHETIST (CRNA)

DEPARTMENT: Anesthesiology

SUPERVISOR'S TITLE: Director, Department of Anesthesiology

COLLABORATIVE RELATIONSHIPS: Interdisciplinary Health Care Team

TITLES SUPERVISED: CRNA Students

TOTAL NUMBER OF FTEs DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY SUPERVISED: varies

PURPOSE OF POSITION: To work collaboratively with a multidisciplinary health team to provide anesthesia coverage under the direction of an anesthesiologist for patients of a Medical Center dedicated to the care of infants, children, adolescents, and some adult patients. Provide leadership through education and consultation.

Responsibilities
·Preoperative Assessment/Evaluation:
Conduct preoperative evaluation: assess condition of patient and plan appropriate anesthetic technique in consultation with attending anesthesiologist.
·Process Improvement:
Participate in improving organizational performance through recommending areas or approaches for improvement activities, performing new procedures, collecting data and providing input to department discussions.
·Equipment:
Prepare appropriate equipment for administration of anesthesia. Process involves, but is not limited to, checking machines, appropriate small equipment, blood pressure cuffs, endotracheal tubes, and drugs for the conduit of anesthesia. Report any malfunctioning equipment
·Postoperative Follow-up:
Conduct postoperative follow-up in consultation with the attending anesthesiologist. Accompany the patient to the PACU assuring that the patient's condition is optimal. Visit in-house with the patient within 24 - 48 hours following anesthesia to assess post-anesthetic recovery.
·Department Coverage:
Participate in call coverage with faculty anesthesiologists.
·Professional Development:
Direct or facilitate the development of internal or external professional programs and projects. Pursue opportunities for professional growth, including continuing education requirements for licensure and certification and apply this knowledge to the care of patients.
·Research:
With the approval of the Department of Anesthesiology's Research Committee, direct and/or facilitate the development of research projects within the Department and/or the Medical Center. Adhere to all CCHMC and regulatory requirement with respect to the conduct of research activities.
·Consent:
Comply with policies and procedures protecting patient rights for informed consent and the handling of confidential information as defined by Cincinnati Children's mission and applicable laws and regulations. Review timeliness, accuracy, availability and security of information. Follow Cincinnati Children's established code of ethical behavior in decisions and actions regarding marketing, admission, transfer, discharge and billing.
·Intraoperative Clinical Care:
Administer anesthesia only under the direct supervision of a faculty or staff physician anesthesiologist. Administer anesthesia, giving drugs and monitoring vital signs and other indicators of anesthesia's effects on patients. The regular, frequent and accurate recording of patient's condition during and immediately following the administration of anesthetic drugs is required.

Skills & Competencies
·Diversity
Ability to relate to diverse age and demographic backgrounds.
·Clinical Skills
Must be able to function as a clinical anesthetist.
·Diplomacy
Must exhibit initiative, diplomacy, and confidentiality when dealing with patients.
·Physicial Ability
Ability to stand for long periods in an O.R. Setting.

Required:
·Bachelor's Degree in Nursing
·Current nursing registration in the state of Ohio & Certificate of Authority to practice in Ohio as a CRNA by the Ohio Board of Nursing.
·Current certification/recertification as a nurse anesthetist by the Council on Certification of Nurse
·Must meet the educational requirements as set forth by the Council on Accreditation of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists.

Preferred:
·Master's degree in Nursing