Have you ever been under any form of anesthesia, in or out of a hospital setting? If your answer is yes, then you have already met a Nurse Anesthetist! These are the health professionals that put you under general anesthesia, and bring you out of it safely. As a nurse anesthetist, you can work virtually anywhere where anesthesia is used, such as dental offices, critical care units, delivery rooms, surgery rooms, ambulatory units, plastic surgery offices, and even within the armed forces. Although the task itself may seem daunting, the nurse anesthesiologists work in a team with other healthcare professionals to ensure that the patient is as safe as possible.
Important Qualities: Strong communication skills, ability to pay close attention to detail, good judgement
Questions to ask yourself:
- Has the idea of putting someone under anesthesia ever been of great interest to you?
- Are you looking for a career where you can easily switch workplaces if necessary?
- Do you want to be a part of a process that involves surgery without actually having to perform the surgery?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, a career in Nurse Anesthesiology might be for you.