Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist Job Description
A Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) is an advanced practice nurse who specializes in
anesthesia. A CRNA is responsible for administering anesthesia and monitoring the patient before,
during and after the procedure. The CRNA reviews the patient’s treatment plan and medical history,
mixes and administers the medications used on the patient during the procedure and monitors the
patient’s vital signs to ensure the patient is getting the right amount of medication. After the surgery
is over, the nurse anesthetist is responsible for helping the patient come out of anesthesia. This
requires close monitoring to ensure that the patient recovers properly.
Nurse anesthetists may work as independent practitioners or in collaboration with physicians. It is
common for nurse anesthetists to work independently in rural settings. The CRNA may often be the
sole provider of anesthesia in the rural hospitals and practices since rural communities usually don’t
have the funds necessary to have an anesthesiologist on staff. The use of CRNAs allows rural facilities
the ability to conduct procedures otherwise not available.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
1. Reports to the Medical Staff Director of Facility and the operating surgeon.
2. Works closely with all OR personnel to ensure adequate patient outcomes during and after
3. Communicates well with the recovery room staff.
4. Works in collaboration with anesthesiologists, surgeons and other physicians and medical
professionals to deliver anesthesia for medical and surgical procedures.
5. Cares for the patient before, during and after a medical procedure or surgery.
6. Administers and maintains anesthesia to ensure proper sedation and pain management.
7. Oversees patient recovery from anesthesia and cares for the patient's immediate postoperative
8. Works closely with patients and their families to ensure proper care and comfort and, as
such, is regarded with respect by nursing and medical personnel.
9. Works independently without MDA supervision and is flexible to work both inpatient and
10. Promotes knowledge of and ability to implement principles of aseptic technique.
11. Maintains knowledge of surgical procedures, techniques and consequent interventions.
12. Recognizes emergency situations and assists in corrective action.
13. Recognizes and reports hazardous equipment.
14. Adheres to and is knowledgeable of the policies, procedures, goals and objectives of Coastal
and the assigned facility.
15. Works in various settings of diverse backgrounds and ages and is able to act in a professional
manner in the face of adversity.
16. Clinical Responsibilities of the individual are listed below and may be used to delineate the
clinical services in which the anesthetist can demonstrate new or continued competency. The clinical responsibility portion of this position description should be
reviewed at least every two years and changes made as required. More clinical responsibilities may be added as additional education and experience is obtained by the
Requesting laboratory/diagnostic studies
General anesthesia and adjuvant drugs
Regional anesthesia techniques
o Upper extremity
o Lower extremity
o Diagnostic and therapeutic nerve blocks
o Local infiltration
o Periocular block
Cardiopulmonary resuscitation management
Invasive and noninvasive monitoring
Airway management techniques
Mechanical ventilation/oxygen therapy
Fluid, electrolyte, acid-base management
Blood, blood products, plasma expanders
Peripheral intravenous/arterial catheter placement
Central venous catheter placement
Pulmonary artery catheter placement
Acute and chronic pain therapy
Post anesthesia care/discharge
1. Holds current state licensure as a registered nurse in the state of practice and complies with
any applicable state statutory or regulatory requirements concerning advanced practice
2. Graduate of a nurse anesthesia educational program accredited by the Council on
Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs or its predecessor.
3. Complies with one of the following requirements regarding certification eligibility, initial
certification, or recertification:
b. Is currently certified by the Council on Certification of Nurses Anesthetists (AANA) or its predecessor; or
c. Is currently recertified by the Council on Recertification of Nurse Anesthetists.
4. Insurable by an appropriate medical malpractice insurer for the limits required by this
institution or state. Coastal Healthcare may provide locums with insurance at a set rate.
5. Demonstrates current competency in the clinical responsibilities for which the candidate is
6. Holds current state of practice Official Recognition as a CRNA.
7. Current BLS and ACLS certification required; PALS may be required for certain settings.
8. Participates in code and airway drills annually.
9. Minimum of 3-5 years anesthesia experience desired; 5 years independent anesthesia
10. Provide documentation of current immunization or proof of immunity (titers).
11. Successful completion of appropriate skills tests.
12. Successful completion of credentialing/certification process by QA.
1. Position requires sitting and standing and CRNA must be able to remain in a stationary
position 50% of the time.
2. Position requires walking and the need to occasionally move about the office/work space to
access files, office machinery, patient areas, etc., and care of the patients 75% of the time.
3. Position may occasionally require stooping, kneeling, crouching or crawling 25% of the time.
4. Position requires use of hand/fingers to handle or feel greater than 50% of the time and
ability to reach with hands and arms at least 50% of the time.
5. The person in this position must have adequate vision and hearing in order to communicate
effectively and exchange accurate information at least 75% of the time.
6. Visual acuity is important to read small print and equipment computer boards.
7. Position requires ability to maneuver stretchers, patient’s equipment and wheelchairs with a
weight of at least 200 pounds.
1. Position requires exposure to moderate noise (i.e., computers, office and medical equipment,
people, light traffic).
2. Position requires exposure to bloodborne pathogens that require use of personal protective
This job description reflects management’s assignment of essential functions. It does not proscribe or restrict the tasks that may be assigned thus the job description is subject to change at any time.
Coastal Healthcare Resources has been providing anesthesia staffing and management services to hospitals, offices and ASCs since 1993. We currently partner with medical facilities in over 45 locations across the country.
We invite you to be a part of our team!
Anesthesia Jobs for Anesthesia Professionals: Your Career – On Your Terms
As healthcare professionals ourselves, we understand how difficult it can be to find a position that allows you to earn recognition for your dedication and hard work, but allows for a balance with your personal life.
Traditional positions can be very demanding, eg, you have to put in weekend hours and be on-call for weekend shifts. Over time this takes its toll, not only on your personal life but your professional life as well.
This is why so many healthcare professionals experience burnout and why many MDAs and CRNAs are making the decision to do locum tenens. You may choose locum tenens to supplement a full-time job or as a full-time career option.
Bring the Joy Back to Your Healthcare Career!
When you sign on with Coastal, you decide how much you want to work and when and how much you want to earn. This is not only personally liberating, it's professionally rewarding as well.
In short, the ability to work locum tenens can bring back the joy of why you chose a career in healthcare in the first place.
Some Benefits of Working with Coastal Healthcare Resources
Competitive Compensation: We will work with you to find a position where you can earn top dollar in your field, as well provide resources for important employment concerns like healthcare insurance and financial planning as a 1099 contractor.
Flexibility: Per diem to open-ended locum contracts are available.
Permanent Placement: When you need to relocate or settle down, we search coast to coast for your ideal permanent position.
Credentialing Assistance: We assist you with questions during hospital credentialing and professional licensure paperwork.
Personal Attention: We consult with you during the entire course of your assignment/job search to ensure that it is a seamless and pleasant experience.
Types of Positions We Staff
Coastal Healthcare Resources currently provides staffing and placement services for the following:
•CRNA Jobs (Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists)
Learn more about our anesthesia employment requirements.
How to Apply for Short-Term, Long-Term, Permanent, or Locum Tenens Jobs with Us
We give you several ways to join our team. You can:
Call: We can be reached at 1.866.877.2762;
Apply Online: Fill out our secure application form
Email: Email us for more information on our anesthesiology employment options.
Our Commitment to You
We are dedicated to finding you a position that is suited to you and your lifestyle. It would be an honor and a pleasure to have you join the Coastal Healthcare Resources team!