The objective of the anesthesia nursing program is to train certified nurses through clinical and theoretical didactic experiences required to become a CRNA. Students participate in clinical rotations at critical and rural access hospitals. Students in the program will be prepared to assume responsibility of anesthesia management and care after they complete their CRNA training. The program also prepares students for general anesthesia management, surgical technique, and patient preparation and discharge.
As anesthesia nurses practice, they should use advanced techniques to prevent complications that can occur with anesthesia. This includes making sure patients are well-hydrated and receiving all recommended medications before and during the procedure. Patients need to have regular follow-up visits to ensure that their treatment has been successful.
After anesthesia is administered, the patient is not expected to do anything or feel anything. It is the job of the nurse to make sure the patient is not in immediate danger of harm or death. However, the nurse should always consider the patient's safety first and foremost. The nurse will work with the doctor to determine a plan to treat the situation and will inform the patient of his or her condition and possible outcome.
Many times, a patient may refuse anesthesia and require general anesthesia to perform certain medical procedures. The nurse needs to learn the proper techniques for administering general anesthesia and should take appropriate measures to reduce discomfort. A nurse may be called to administer sedatives to a patient or be placed in a situation where he or she needs to administer intravenous or intramuscular sedation to a patient.
Once anesthesia is administered, the patient may have many feelings after. One of the most difficult feelings after anesthesia is the fear of dying. The nurse will learn how to help the patient cope with this fear by giving positive suggestions and discussing ways to control his or her body. Although it is important for patients to receive proper care after anesthesia, the nurse should take the lead in providing this care.
The nurse must also be familiar with anesthesia supplies and should have a working knowledge of the process by which anesthesia is given. The nurse will prepare the patient for his or her post-operative care by performing assessments and tests to determine the risks and benefits of surgery. the procedure and discussing alternatives to the procedure.
The nurse will also teach the patient how to stay calm in stressful situations and monitor his or her condition carefully. He or she will also discuss the patient's rights and the importance . . . . . . of sharing information with others such as family members, friends, and other physicians.
When an anesthesia patient is discharged, the nurse needs to be able to give them directions for their personal care after being discharged from the hospital. In addition, he or she should be able to provide these patients with their paperwork and any information about their procedure and recovery care. The nurse also needs to be able to provide a daily check-up and follow up to make sure the patient is in good health.