A Career as a Nurse Anesthetist

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"We often think of nursing as giving meds on time, checking an X-ray to see if the doctor needs to be called, or taking an admission at 2:00 a.m. with a smile on our faces. Too often, we forget all the other things that make our job what it truly is—caring and having a desire to make a difference." - Erin Pettengill, RN, quoted on RN Modern Medicine. A Nurse Anesthetist is a person who provides and organizes patient care and may also provide primary and specialty health care, if necessary. They are a vital role during and after surgery. They monitor the patient’s vitals (blood pressure, weight, height, temperature) and overall health during and after they have their surgery. Before the patient go into surgery, a nurse anesthetist will come to their room and discuss the procedure they will be having. The nurse will also discuss any medications they are taking, allergies, and illness the patient may have so that the nurse anesthetist can make sure that the anesthesia can be safely administered. They make sure that the patient is breathing regularly and they keep a steady heart beat while the patient is under the anesthesia. They can treat anything that could go wrong while the patient is under anesthesia during the surgery. Anesthesia was first used in the United States during the 1840’s, 174 years ago. Nitrous Oxide, Ether, and Chloroform were the very first qualified drugs to be used at anesthesia. Florence Nightingales, a nurse of the Crimean War, was the first person who really made nursing into the profession that it is today. Before Florence Nightingale’s work as a nurse, many women did not choose nursing as a vocation. Nurses first gave anesthesia during the Civil War while caring for wounded soldiers. During those time... ... middle of paper ... ...The main cause of the shortage of nurses is the expense of the education that is require for those career fields. Most people cannot financially afford thousands of dollars’ worth of schooling in such a tight economic time. On a scale of one to one hundred (one being the best) of the best jobs in America; Nurse Anesthetist ranked number forty-one. The ten year growth rate for the Nurse Anesthetist is nineteen percent. The market for Nurse Anesthetist in Georgia is fairly large. Georgia is number nine out of the fifty states (number on is the highest) in the United States with the most hospitals. There are many jobs and companies such as: Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Emory Hospital, Grady, Ankle and Foot Care Centers of Georgia are just some of the places that employ Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists. There are also many jobs that have yet to be filled.
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