Bayhealth recently joined hospitals nationwide in celebrating Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist Week, recognizing our own CRNAs and the important work they do.
Each year, CRNAs safely administer more than 33 million anesthetics to surgical patients; serve as the main providers of anesthesia care to U.S. military personnel on the front lines; provide high-quality anesthesia care at a reduced cost to patients and insurance companies.
They are trained in all commonly-used anesthetic techniques including general and spinal, among others. Before surgery, CRNAs will help the patient understand what to expect from the anesthesia procedure. Once surgery is underway, they administer medications, monitor the patient’s vital signs, and make sure blood is flowing properly throughout the body.
Robert House, CRNA, MSN, Clinical Coordinator of the Bayhealth Anesthesia Department, manages students from Villanova, University of Pennsylvania, Drexel, and Thomas Jefferson Universities who are completing rotations as part of their clinical training.
“Training the nurse anesthetists of the future is the best part of my job,” House commented. “These students bring a great deal of knowledge and energy.”
At Bayhealth, our nurse anesthesia students welcomed visitors to their display in the Atrium, where they discussed their training, practice, and career paths. Mary Katherine Tolbert, RN, BSN, a student at Villanova, and Jianqiao Chen, SRNA, and Rosangela Santos, RN, MSN, both students at Drexel, spoke animatedly about their experiences in Bayhealth operating rooms.
“This isn’t an easy program, but your self-esteem increases as you work closely with the medical staff. At Bayhealth, you feel like people support you,” Santos said.
Nurse anesthetists must complete a rigorous course of study in the anesthesia field after obtaining bachelor’s and master’s degrees in general nursing. Nurse anesthesia programs range from 24-36 months and include training in university or large community hospitals.