Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist

Job Description

Under the supervision of a licensed anesthesiologist and in accordance with established policies and procedures, induces anesthesia in presence of an anesthesiologist and maintain anesthesiological management of patient undergoing surgical, diagnostic or therapeutic procedures and airway management or cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Delivers patient care to patients of all ages.


1. Makes preoperative visit to examine the patient, review medical history and  review the patient’s chart and selects from a limited number of standard applications, the type, dosage and combinations of anesthesia required to meet the needs of the patient, taking into consideration the patient’s  condition and nature of surgery to be performed.  Consults with the surgeon or anesthesiologist for advice when “high risk” factors are evident in the medical history.


2. Inserts intravenous needle or catheter and starts medicated fluids prior to beginning of surgery.


3Performs intratracheal intubation in the operating room by inserting the tube which carries the anesthetic gases into the patient’s lungs.  Places a small catheter down the tracheal tube, during surgery to suction secretions which accumulate in the patient’s lungs.


4. Induce anesthesia in presence of an anesthesiologist and maintain anesthesia under the supervision of an anesthesiologist by intravenous injection, gas  inhalation, or a combination of the two, making necessary adjustments to both during the surgery according to the patient’s needs.


5Observes the patient during surgery for excessive loss of blood or impingement on patients’ nerves or major organs and constantly monitors pulse rate, blood pressure and respiration.  Regulates the flow of intravenous solutions according to variations in blood pressure and monitors    intravenous blood transfusions according to the direction of a physician.


6Upon completion of surgery, discontinues the anesthetic and increases oxygen flow to return patient to conscious state as directed by an anesthesiologist.  Checks blood pressure, heart rate, and respiration until the patient is stable enough to transfer to post anesthesia recovery.  


7. Performs semi-technical tasks involved in maintaining anesthesia equipment and supplies.


Minimum Education

 Job requires graduation from approved School of Nursing and completion of a course in Anesthesia of at least 18 months approved by the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists.


Satisfactory completion of the qualifying examination of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists and recognition by the State Board of Certified Nurse AnesthetistRegistered Nursing as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist.


Minimum Related Experience

Job requires three to six months' orientation to acquire familiarity with institutional/department policies and anesthesia procedures and techniques.


High level of analytical ability required to effectively and expeditiously diagnose, monitor and deliver care to patients.


Minimum Licensing Requirements 

Must have current valid NYS nursing licenses


Minimum Certification Requirements 

Council of Recertification of Nurse Anesthetists.


The Mount Sinai Health System is an equal opportunity employer. We promote recognition and respect for individual and cultural differences, and we work to make our employees feel valued and appreciated, whatever their race, gender, background, or sexual orientation. 

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