Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist
Company: Department of Veterans Affairs
Posted on: October 4, 2018
1. Local and regional anesthesia with and without sedation, including topical and infiltration, minor and major nerve blocks, intravenous blocks, spinal, and epidural.2. General anesthesia, including invasive and non-invasive monitoring, respiratory therapy and airway management to include emergency cricothyroidotomy with direct supervision of surgeon or anesthesiologist.3. Provision of anesthesia related consultative services for other service providers when requested.4. Performs pre-operative evaluations and preparation for anesthesia S. Administers general, spinal, regional, local, or topical anesthesia6. Performs anesthesia management of the patient:a. Pre-operativeb. Intra-operativec. Post-operative7. Follows up during the immediate post-operative period8. Participates in performance improvement monitoring and review activities.9. Attends and participates in mandatory staff and committee meetings.10. Undertakes any other procedures, tasks, or responsibility deemed appropriate by the Anesthesiologist with the approval of the Chief, Specialty Care Service, by the Professional Standards Board, Executive Committee of the Medical Staff, and by the Director.Basic Requirements: United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy. Graduate of a school of professional nursing approved by the appropriate State-accrediting agency and accredited by one of the following accrediting bodies at the time the program was completed by the applicant: The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) or The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). In cases of graduates of foreign schools of professional nursing, possession of current, full, active and unrestricted registration will meet the requirement of graduation from an approved school of professional nursing. OR The completion of coursework equivalent to a nursing degree in a MSN Bridge Program that qualifies for professional nursing registration constitutes the completion of an approved course of study of professional nursing. Students should submit the certificate of professional nursing to sit for the NCLEX to the VA along with a copy of the MSN transcript. (Reference VA Handbook 5005, Appendix G6) OR In cases of graduates of foreign schools of professional nursing, possession of a current, full, active and unrestricted registration will meet the requirement for graduation from an approved school of professional nursing. Current, full, active, and unrestricted registration as a graduate professional nurse in a State, Territory or Commonwealth (i.e., Puerto Rico) of the United States, or the District of Columbia. Grade Determinations: The following criteria must be met in determining the grade assignment of candidates, and if appropriate, the level within a grade: Full Performance Level: (Nurse III)(a) Experience and Education. In addition to meeting the requirements for Entry Level, the CRNA has had progressively responsible experience in the administration of anesthetics as indicated in the knowledge, skills and abilities listed below. These individuals must demonstrate the ability to participate in a program for nurse anesthesia care and demonstrate knowledge of anesthetizing locations, methods, equipment and procedures. At this level, the CRNA has experience in the administration of anesthetics that has demonstrated the nurse anesthetist's ability to participate in team programs that are technically challenging and/or complicated. Typically candidates can demonstrate the knowledge, skills and abilities of Full Performance Level within 2 years from entering the occupation.(b) Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. Full Performance Level practice in nurse anesthesia includes but is not limited to the following:1. Skill in conducting and managing anesthesia for a broad range of complex surgical procedures. In addition, the CRNA must be able to adapt/modify anesthesia techniques in order to optimize patient care.2. Ability to complete work assignments selected to add depth and breadth to their technical knowledge and skill competence. Work assignments will vary at each facility depending on the progressive acuity required for anesthesia care.3. Ability to respond to emergency situations by providing airway management, administration of emergency fluids and drugs, and by the use of basic or advanced cardiac life support techniques in order to perform necessary resuscitation procedures.4. Ability to effectively blend technology, skills, and competency for the advancement of anesthesia techniques, pharmacology, and equipment.5. Ability to apply new developments and theories to develop and demonstrate the ability to recognize and solve various complex anesthesia situations.6. Ability to practice nurse anesthesia with colleagues and peers in a team concept of anesthesia care and blend management skills with technical experience.7. Ability to recognize clinical and technical aspects of anesthesia care and has in-depth knowledge of anesthesia methods and techniques for the practice of anesthesia.8. Ability to perform as a mentor, preceptor, or nurse educator providing didactic and clinical instruction for graduate-level nurse anesthesia students and/or other anesthesia care providers.9. Ability to participate in the development of anesthesia patient care audit processes involving in depth review and analysis of anesthesia records.10. Ability to provide guidance and instruction in preparing others for positions of leadership and ethical practices which impact patient care. Reference: VA Regulations, specifically VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G-7 Nurse Anesthetist Standard. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.Physical Requirements: The Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist has a physically demanding position requiring substantial walking within the hospital, and occasional lifting if patients need assistance with standing, walking or bed transfer. It also requires the ability to cope with mild to severe levels of emotional stress for variable periods of time. Employee needs to be able to work any shift on a regular basis. Employee must have emotional stability. Exposure to meeting with employees and external contacts who may be angry and/or upset. May observe patient suffering.NoneTo apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:Resume: (must include a listing of each job, starting/ending month of each work experience, work schedule (full-time or part-time) of each work experience, the facilities' full name and address, immediate supervisor's name, and a description of duties performed). (REQUIRED) Transcripts (REQUIRED) Proof of Licensure/Certification VA Form 10-2850a - Application for Nurses and Nurse Anesthetists can be found at: http://www.va.gov/vaforms/search_action.asp?FormNo2850&tkey&ActionSearch. (REQUIRED)The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. Please use this checklist to ensure you have included all documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), SF-50;s, etc.Cover LetterDD-214OF-30610-2850Other Veterans DocumentResumeSF-15SF-50Transcript
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