Nurse Anesthetists


Also called : Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA), Nurse Anesthetist, Staff Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (Staff CRNA), Staff Nurse Anesthetist

What they do


Administer anesthesia, monitor patient's vital signs, and oversee patient recovery from anesthesia. May assist anesthesiologists, surgeons, other physicians, or dentists. Must be registered nurses who have specialized graduate education.

On the job, one would


    KNOWLEDGE


    • Medicine and Dentistry
      Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.

    • Biology
      Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.

    • Customer and Personal Service
      Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

    • Chemistry
      Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.

    SKILLS


    • Social Perceptiveness
      Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

    • Coordination
      Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

    • Learning Strategies
      Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.

    • Time Management
      Managing one's own time and the time of others.

    • Writing
      Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

    ABILITIES


    • Problem Sensitivity
      The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing that there is a problem.

    • Information Ordering
      The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

    • Oral Comprehension
      The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

    • Written Comprehension
      The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

    • Deductive Reasoning
      The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

    PERSONALITY

    People interested in this work, will do well at jobs that need;

    • Attention to Detail
      Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.

    • Dependability
      Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.

    • Stress Tolerance
      Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high-stress situations.

    • Integrity
      Job requires being honest and ethical.

    • Concern for Others
      Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.

    • Adaptability/Flexibility
      Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.

    • Analytical Thinking
      Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.

    • Self-Control
      Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.

    • Cooperation
      Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.

    • Achievement/Effort
      Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.

    TECHNOLOGY

    • Medical software

    • Word processing software

    EDUCATION AND TRAINING

    • Preparation

      Extensive Preparation Needed

    • Education

      Graduate Degree or higher.

    • Experience

      Extensive skills, knowledge, and experience are needed for these occupations.

    • Jobtraining

      Employees may need some on-the-job training, but most of these occupations assume that the person will already have the required skills, knowledge, work-related experience, and/or training.

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