The Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist has the responsibility and accountability for providing advanced nurse practice while administering anesthesia to patients. This position is responsible for preparing and administering anesthesia agents to surgical and obstetric patients. CRNA's work with direction and/or direct supervision of a physician. Responsibility and accountability of anesthesia services lies with the Service Chief for Anesthesiology.The CRNA will perform the following duties: assess patients peri-operatively, perform patient history and physical, review patient records to determine health status, review results of diagnostic tests, treatments and orders as appropriate, make post-op rounds, provide patient and family education.Routine procedures performed include: draw venous/arterial blood, administer general, regional and local anesthesia, administer injections, place NG tubes, administer local infiltrative anesthesia, placement of central venous lines and Swan Ganz lines with the direct supervision of the physician.Providing regional anesthesia under the direct supervision of the anesthesiologist includes: topical, infiltration, spinal, epidural, intravenous, upper and lower body blocks and other peripheral blocks. Initiate Orders/Transcribe Orders of Collaborating Physician (treatment/diagnostic/medication)to be countersigned by the physician within 24 hours.Intravenous catheter placement and administration of: fluids, blood and/or blood products, muscle relaxants, vasoactive and cardiac drugs. Other responsibilities include mechanical ventilation, resuscitation techniques, cardiopulmonary bypass technique, autotransfusion, hypotensive and hypertensive care and hypothermia.This position requires the full understanding and active participation in fulfilling the Mission of CHRISTUS St. Frances Cabrini Hospital. It is expected that the associate demonstrate behavior consistent with the CoreValues. He/she shall support the CHRISTUS St Frances Cabrini's strategic plan and the goals and direction of the Performance Improvement Plan (PIP).
Licenses, Registrations or Certifications
Specialty certification by a nationally recognized accrediting agency, such as the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists or by the state board of nursing.
CHRISTUS HEALTH is an international Catholic, faith-based, not-for-profit health system comprised of almost more than 600 services and facilities, including more than 60 hospitals and long-term care facilities, 350 clinics and outpatient centers, and dozens of other health ministries and ventures. CHRISTUS operates in 6 U.S. states, Colombia, Chile and 6 states in Mexico. To support our health care ministry, CHRISTUS Health employs approximately 45,000 Associates and has more than 15,000 physicians on medical staffs who provide care and support for patients. CHRISTUS Health is listed among the top ten largest Catholic health systems in the United States.