Recently I had the chance to interview and conduct a day long orientation to a potential candidate to a Nurse Anesthetist Residency Program. Good candidates are hard to find ala May West. Some of you may know the reference.
There are SRNA programs out there that like young blond inexperienced candidates for their programs thinking that they can mold them into subservient technicians that could fit into their semi-national workforce. Not so here at our facility. Ideally, we are looking for experienced ICU nurses that can think, have the experience to give them some wisdom and those with leadership skills to direct and manage future anesthesia cases. Do I ask for too much. I would hope not certainly in the 21st Century with Health Care evolving into something none of us had anticipated nor expected.
The medical world is in total flux and non of us in “the Business” of health care know how the future will play out. What is central in my thinking is patient care and what is best for our clients. Who are our clients as anesthesia providers? Certainly our patients come first but that is not all. Our clients include the surgeons and nurses that work in the peri-operative arena as well as the families and visitors that come to our “peri-operative home”. We serve them all but primarily it is the direct patient care in the operating room that defines our practice as safe and efficient Nurse Anesthetists.
In the United States, a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) is an advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) who has acquired graduate-level education and board certification in anesthesia. The American Association of Nurse Anesthetists' (AANA) is the...