The CRNA/AA Administers anesthesia within their scope of practice. The CRNA provides an assessment of the patient for the attending physician’s review and selection of an anesthesia care plan. The CRNA possesses the cognitive skills, technical skills, administrative skills, and personality qualities to effectively carry out the anesthesia care plan. The CRNA maintains a commitment to excellence, caring and cooperation. The CRNA maintains an ongoing awareness of patient rights to privacy and carries out the guidelines defined in the organization’s confidentiality policy.
- Administering anesthesia to achieve the desired end-point of any anesthetic – patient comfort and surgical working conditions with minimal physiologic trespass.
- Adherence to Medical Staff Bylaws and Anesthesia Health Care Service Rules and Regulations for credentialing
- Participation in Quality Assurance activities of Anesthesia.
- Review and assess the history, physical exam, flow sheets and laboratory studies in recommending the appropriate technical and pharmacological anesthetic approach.
- Interpret monitored parameters and employ appropriate anesthetic corrections and adjustments.
- Provide airway management including endotracheal intubation with or without machine-controlled ventilation, placement of intravenous therapy and monitoring lines, placement of intra-arterial monitoring lines, and establishment of regional anesthesia with various nerve blocking techniques.
- Prescribe pre-medications under the broad and general supervision of the attending anesthesiologist. Prescription of anesthetic plans including adjunctive agents in under the direct supervision of the anesthesiologist.
- Ordering of supplies
- Inventory control
- Stocking of individual anesthetizing agents
- Maintenance of equipment
- Charge initiation
- Maintenance of anesthesia activity log
As applicable, the individual has training/competency in attending to the special needs and/or behaviors appropriate to the age of patients for which care is being provided.