Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) - North Shore Medical Center Location
Massachusetts General Hospital(MGH)

Salem, Massachusetts


GENERAL SUMMARY/ OVERVIEW STATEMENT:

Under general supervision of the Chief Nurse Anesthetist, and the direct supervision of a Partner's anesthesiologist, incumbent provides anesthesia services to patients at North Shore Medical Center. The nurse anesthetist reviews patient's medical history, assists in selection of type of anesthesia, administers anesthetic, monitors patient during procedure, and provides immediate post-anesthesia care. Incumbent is responsible for supplying documentation of continued registration as a CRNA (Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist), current nursing license (RN) and advanced practice license as a nurse anesthetist (APRN/NA) issued by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

Under the medical direction of an Anesthesiologist the CRNA may:

• Obtain health and medical history, perform physical examination, and construct problem lists

  • Collect, record, and interpret patient data
  • Interpret studies performed/ordered
  • May initiate consultation and referrals
  • Assess patients to determine need for physician attention
• Provide direct patient care before, during, and after procedures requiring anesthesia

• Make professional decisions for anesthesia care based upon a comprehensive health assessment

• Maintain professional standards of health care before, during, and after an anesthetic

• Prepare and evaluate the safety of anesthetic equipment, supplies and drugs

• Insert invasive monitoring lines required for patient care during anesthesia and interpret the data

• Provide administration of general anesthesia (intravenous/inhalation), neuraxial anesthesia, regional anesthesia and monitored anesthesia care to appropriate patients

• Assess, interpret and treat physiologic responses to anesthesia that include oxygenation, circulation, ventilation, temperature and metabolism

• Provide postoperative analgesia for pain management

• Obtain informed consent for the following anesthesia and related procedures:

General anesthesia

Monitored anesthesia care

Neuraxial anesthesia

Regional anesthesia

Arterial lines

Central venous lines

Pulmonary artery catheters

Spinals

Epidurals

Blood Transfusion

Qualifications
QUALIFICATIONS:

Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists provide anesthesia care to patients of all ages in all settings, across the continuum of care. Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists are licensed, registered, advanced practice nurses who have completed a post graduate certificate, bachelor's degree, master's degree, or doctorate in nursing/nurse anesthesia. Nurse anesthetists must become certified by successfully completing a national qualifying examination in the specialty of anesthesia. To maintain their license to practice anesthesia, CRNAs must be re-certified biannually by attending 40 hours of continuing education programs. CRNA's must also maintain a nursing license issued by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

SKILLS/ ABILITIES/ COMPETENCIES REQUIRED:

CRNAs must:

• Have knowledge of anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, and pharmacology as related to anesthesia.

• Possess strong technical skills and have the interest and ability to continue to learn

• Have the ability to take direction from and work with personnel at all levels of the organization

• Possess a strong sense of initiative and perseverance to carry through to completion of tasks; ability to take ownership and responsibility for activities

• Possess skills to work efficiently and effectively and strive to do so in all aspects of position

• Have the ability to utilize appropriate problem solving and conflict resolution skills

•Possess excellent interpersonal, written and oral communication skills to work effectively with clinicians, administrators, and other professionals

• Have cultural competence and compassion for patient population

• Maintain the highest standards of professional conduct; demonstrate forthrightness and integrity

• Be highly motivated, independent and capable of performing in a complex environment

• Have the ability to handle sensitive and confidential matters discreetly and to ensure confidentiality guidelines are maintained by staff

WORKING CONDITIONS:

The Operating Rooms, Procedure Rooms, Obstetrical Suite, Radiology, Emergency Rooms and other locations where anesthesia personnel are required to be present to care for NSMC patients.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITY:

CRNAs participate in the education of up to 7 SRNAs during their clinical rotations at Salem Hospital. This may be didactic teaching or clinical supervision.

EEO Statement
Massachusetts General Hospital is an Equal Opportunity Employer. By embracing diverse skills, perspectives and ideas, we choose to lead. Applications from protected veterans and individuals with disabilities are strongly encouraged.


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