Under direction of the operating surgeon, to administer anesthetics to patients undergoing operations; to observe and record the respiration, blood pressure, and significant changes of the patient's condition and to keep the patient satisfactorily relaxed during the operation; and to do other related work.
Determines the condition of patients prior to operation by checking laboratory tests of blood and urine, by taking and recording the pulse and blood pressure, and by noting the kind, amounts, and time of administration of preoperative medications; consults with the operating surgeon and plans for and administers anesthetics by the inhalation and intravenous methods; observes and records the respiration, blood pressure, and significant changes of the patient's condition and keeps the patient satisfactorily relaxed during the operation; reports to the operating surgeon serious symptoms and administers hypodermics and intravenous solutions as needed; supervises the immediate postoperative care of patients; checks the condition of all operative patients upon completion of the day's operative schedule; supervises the work of assistants; keeps surgical and clinical records.
Possession of the legal requirements to practice as a professional nurse in California as determined by the California Board of Registered Nurses. (Applicants who are in the process of securing approval of their qualifications by the Board of Registered Nurses will be admitted to the examination but they must possess all legal requirements as determined by that Board before they will be eligible for appointment.) and
Graduation from a school of anesthesia complying with the standards of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists.
Two years of experience in the administration of anesthetics by inhalation and intravenous methods in a hospital or clinic approved by the American Medical Association or by the American College of Surgeons.
Knowledge of: Principles and methods of administering anesthetics by inhalation and intravenous methods; surgical nursing principles and aseptic techniques; medical terminology, operating room procedures, and surgical instruments and equipment.
Skill in: Making and applying surgical dressings.
Ability to: Administer anesthetics by inhalation and intravenous methods; outline and give instructions and preanesthesia procedure and postoperative care; keep accurate records and charts; supervise a small group of assistants; follow oral and written directions; analyze situations accurately and adopt an effective course of action.
Manual dexterity, alertness, cleanliness, and normal vision and hearing.