On the Job
Nurse Anesthetists administer anesthesia, monitor a patient's vital signs, and oversee their recovery from anesthesia after surgery. They may assist anesthesiologists, surgeons, or dentists. They must be Registered Nurses who have specialized training.
This career requires good eyesight.
Typical Work Tasks
People who work in this career often:
- Administer anesthetics or sedatives to control pain.
- Administer basic health care or medical treatments.
- Administer blood or other fluids intravenously.
- Administer intravenous medications.
- Implement advanced life support techniques.
- Treat medical emergencies.
- Select medical equipment for addressing patient needs.
- Record patient medical histories.
- Collect medical information from patients, family members, or other medical professionals.
- Maintain medical or professional knowledge.
Typical Working Conditions
- Having face-to-face discussions.
- Working indoors in environmentally controlled conditions.
- Wearing common protective or safety equipment such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, hard hats, or life jackets.
- Freedom to make decisions without supervision.
- Exposure to disease or infections.
- The importance of being accurate or exact.
- Working with a group or team.
- Exposure to contaminants (like gases or odors).
- Responsibility for others' health and safety.
- Meeting strict deadlines.
- High levels of competition.
- Being in situations in which conflicts arise.
- Using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools, or controls.
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