• Nurse Anesthetists
  • Health Science
  • Annual Median Wage
    $ 169,300
    $130,080 range bar $2
    Annual NC Wage Range
    Growth Rate
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    Very Fast Growing
  • Nurse anesthetists are registered nurses who complete specialized graduate education that qualifies them to administer anesthesia, monitor patient's vital signs, and oversee patient recovery from anesthesia. They may assist anesthesiologists, surgeons, other physicians, or dentists.

What do they typically do

  • Perform pre-anesthetic screenings, including physical evaluations and patient interviews, and document results
  • Manage patients' airway and breathing using techniques such as mechanical ventilation, medications, and respiratory therapy
  • Obtain informed consent from patients for anesthesia procedures
  • Monitor patients' responses, including skin color, pupil dilation, pulse, heart rate, blood pressure, respiration, ventilation, or urine output
  • Evaluate patients' medical histories to predict how they will respond to anethesia
  • Select, order, or administer anesthetics, pain medications, fluids or blood products as necessary
  • Respond to emergency situations by providing airway management, administering emergency fluids or drugs, or using basic or advanced cardiac life support techniques
  • Select, prepare, or use equipment, monitors, supplies, or drugs to administer anesthetics

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Job Growth +1.6%
Job Opening 219

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