Description of duties:
- Scope of practice is based in the areas of professional nursing practice in practice environments including all areas where anesthesia is administered to include: inpatient operating rooms, ASCs, delivery rooms, post-anesthesia recovery rooms, critical care units, and emergency departments.
- Nurse anesthetists may be assigned to emergency response teams or rapid deployment teams.
- Expert nurse anesthetists are role models for the specialty, demonstrating exemplary clinical practice as well as interdisciplinary communication and collaboration.
- The nurse anesthetist's specialized scope of practice encompasses the following duties: (a) Develops an anesthetic plan based on a pre-anesthetic evaluation.
- Performs or supervises the performance of the anesthetic experience in collaboration with an anesthesiologist and/or appropriate physician throughout the preoperative, intraoperative and postoperative phases of anesthesia and surgery.
- Administers analgesia and anesthesia for the labor and delivery process.
- Is actively involved in the acute postoperative pain management of the surgical patient utilizing various techniques and pharmacological agents.
(b) Selects and applies appropriate monitoring devices. Selects, obtains, and administers the anesthetic, adjuvant, and accessory drugs and fluids necessary to maintain the anesthetics.
(c) Documents the anesthetic process to include physiological and psychological reactions to anesthesia and surgery.
(d) Provides consultation and service for cardiopulmonary resuscitation and airway management.
(e) Demonstrates and applies progressive and integrative skills of clinical, administrative, educational, and research knowledge and skills in their career development.
Unique duty positions include:
- Clinical Staff Nurse, Forward Surgical Team; Instructor; Phase II Director; Program Director or Deputy Program Director
- Assistant Chief or Chief, Anesthesia Nursing Section, Chief, Department of Operative and Anesthesia Services, (DOAS), and TSG Consultant for Anesthesia Nursing.
- Formal education in anesthesia nursing such as the U.S. Army Graduate Program in Anesthesia Nursing (USAGPAN) and certification by the Council on Certification of Nurse Anesthetists.
- One year of critical care nursing experience is required.
- Must possess a current, active, valid, and unrestricted license as a RN and/or APRN as required by the state issuing the license, as well as national certification by the Council on Certification of Nurse Anesthetists.
Unique education/training requirements:
- Formal education in Anesthesia Nursing. Selected advanced roles are validated for doctoral level education in nursing or acceptable healthcare related field in accordance with Army Nurse Corps policy.