Administers anesthesia, monitors patient's vital signs, and oversees patient recovery from anesthesia. May assist anesthesiologists, surgeons, other physicians, or dentists. Must be registered nurses who have specialized graduate education.
This career is part of the Health Science cluster Therapeutic Services pathway.
A person in this career:
- Manages patients' airway or pulmonary status using techniques such as endotracheal intubation, mechanical ventilation, pharmacological support, respiratory therapy, and extubation.
- Selects, prepares, or uses equipment, monitors, supplies, or drugs for the administration of anesthetics.
- Monitors patients' responses, including skin color, pupil dilation, pulse, heart rate, blood pressure, respiration, ventilation, or urine output, using invasive and noninvasive techniques.
- Selects, orders, or administers anesthetics, adjuvant drugs, accessory drugs, fluids or blood products as necessary.
- Performs pre-anesthetic screenings, including physical evaluations and patient interviews, and documents results.
- Responds to emergency situations by providing airway management, administering emergency fluids or drugs, or using basic or advanced cardiac life support techniques.
- Develops anesthesia care plans.
- Obtains informed consent from patients for anesthesia procedures.
- Assesses patients' medical histories to predict anesthesia response.
- Selects, orders, or administers pre-anesthetic medications.