We recognize that there are certain core competencies that every CRNA is able to demonstrate as a result of his/her education and training. They include the following:
1. Administer & monitor general anesthesia or monitored sedation.
2. Proficient in airway management including mechanical ventilation.
3. Placement of peripheral intravenous catheters.
4. Pre-anesthesia evaluation.
5. Post anesthesia care/discharge.
6. Evaluate laboratory & diagnostic studies.
7. Proficient in pain management.
8. Demonstrates knowledge of the principles of growth and development principles, from neonate to geriatrics.
9. Demonstrate knowledge of the principles of growth and development over the life span, neonate through geriatrics.
1. Licensed as a Registered Nurse and Advanced Practice Nurse in State of Illinois.
2. Completed AANA approved course in Anesthesia. Masters degree required.
3. Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist or new graduate who is eligible for certification.
4. AHA Healthcare Provider BLS and ACLS certification required.
5. NRP certification required before completing their orientation period.
6. Knowledge of Epidurals
1. Maintains current Registered Nursing license and Advanced Practice Nursing license in Illinois (Requires 50 CEUs in 2 years).
2. Maintains current CRNA certification. (Requires 40 CEUs in 2 years).
3. Completes CRNA competency validation.
4. Participates in FPPE/OPPE validation as required.
5. Completes all process paperwork for credentialing re-appointment.
6. Completes annual self-evaluation and submits documentation for annual performance appraisal.
We understand that there are additional skills that CRNAs can become proficient in after their formal education has ended and they have begun their practice. New technology also provides CRNAs with opportunities to offer evidence based care to their patient population and to expand their skill set as allied health professionals. Staff who seek to increase their competency base can do so by engaging in classroom and/or hands on training through the company or other offerings.
A limited list, certainly not exhaustive list of those competencies can be found on attachment A.
A. Participate in improving practice.
1. Documentation of care rendered reflecting standards of nurse anesthesia practice.
2. Participate in reviewing and revising policies.
3. Participate in housewide and/or public policy development or revision.
B. Exhibit self direction for identifying professional goals and learning needs. Share professional knowledge through collaboration and education.
1. Develop and implement a plan to meet identified educational needs.
2. Assist others to develop and implement plans to meet identified needs.
3. Collaborate to present departmental or housewide formal educational programs as needed.
C. Use time and resources efficiently to improve value to our customers.
1. Make use of time, equipment, and supplies to minimize costs and achieve established clinical outcomes.
2. Provide input for department cost containment projects.
3. Collaborate to identify cost reduction opportunities, implement and evaluate practice and cost changes.
D. Participate in efforts to improve the quality of patient care rendered.
1. Comply with health and safety principles in an effort to avoid injury to self and others.
2. Recognize and report patterns of unhealthy or unsafe conditions or practice and assist in rectifying the conditions or practice.
3. Collaborate in implementing and assessing programs that promote health and safety in the department, center, or community as needed.
II. Clinical Expertise
A. Proficiency with anesthesia and adjunct equipment.
1. Familiar with equipment safety check procedures.
2. Understand and operate bedside laboratory testing equipment.
3. Become familiar with and trial new equipment introduced to the department.
B. Provide an emotional environment for a positive patient experience.
1. Maintain patient confidentiality at all times.
2. Recognize patient’s physical as well as psychological needs and takes measures to comfort the patient in the peri-operative period.
3. Solicit patient expectations of the peri-operative experience and work to meet these expectations.
C. Understanding of medications used in current anesthesia practice.
1. Learn common uses and side effects of current anesthetic drugs.
2. Become familiar with new or unfamiliar anesthetic or adjunct drugs.
3. Understand dosage and recognize side effects of drugs used.
D. Patient care planning.
1. Familiarize self with patient and condition(s) prior to an anesthetic.
2. Plan for care of patients of all ages based on condition(s).
3. Prepare necessary drugs and equipment based on plan.
E. Intra-operative care
1. Recognize and adjust anesthetic requirements based on surgical need and patient condition(s).
2. Recognize and treat changing physiological needs throughout the anesthetic.3. Anticipate changing needs based on surgical requirements, age, and patient condition(s).
F. Postoperative follow-up
1. Transfer care and give report to qualified health care practitioner at the end of case.
2. Anticipate potential problems based on the patients age, condition, or nature of the surgical procedure.
3. Recognize and report adverse post anesthetic outcomes to Anesthesiologist.
1. Records kept in legible, accurate, and in a timely manner.
2. Account of all monitoring, agents, and unusual events.
3. Accurate billing of anesthesia services provided.
4. Perform post-anesthesia rounds.
III. Professional Behavior
A. Customer Service.
1. Demonstrate MHS’s Statement of Values.
2. Treat all customers with courtesy, compassion, and responsiveness.
3. Demonstrate interest in co-workers, patients, visitors, and physicians.
4. Handle complaints quickly using appropriate channels.
B. Motivation and Efficiency.
1. Complete tasks/assignments within established time frame while ensuring quality of care.
2. Plan work and set priorities.
3. Seek additional support when needed to complete tasks/assignments.
4. Recognize departmental needs and accept responsibility to address the needs.
C. Accepting Direction.
1. Seek direction or ask questions that facilitate completion of assignment.
2. Accepts advice and shows effort to continuously improve.
3. Anticipate potential problems and ask questions or seek advice to prevent problems.
D. Team Player.
1. Participate in problem solving with peers.
2. Communicate with patients, visitors, physicians, and co-workers in a respectful, friendly, and helpful manner.
3. Listen to other’s points of view non-defensively.
4. When disagreements occur, work for positive solutions rather than placing blame.
The intent of this job description is to provide a representative summary of the major duties and responsibilities performed by incumbents of this job. Incumbents may be requested to perform tasks other than those specifically presented in this description.
The anesthesiologists do pre-post surgical assessments.
They do not provide any direct care
Functioning primarily independently