CRNAs- Key Members of the Surgery Team
Bayhealth proudly recognized Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist Week. CRNAs safely administer anesthesia during surgery.
Patients who need surgery may not understand how anesthesia works to block the sensation of pain. CRNAs work with patients to explain this process before surgery.
During surgery, CRNAs monitor medications and patient vital signs. They make sure blood is flowing properly throughout the body.
CRNAs are trained in all common anesthesia methods, including general and spinal.
Robert House, CRNA, MSN, Clinical Coordinator of the Bayhealth Anesthesia Department, manages students from the University of Pennsylvania and Drexel, Villanova, and Thomas Jefferson Universities. These students complete rotations at Bayhealth as part of their clinical training.
“We are very lucky to have these students with us here,” House commented. “They are dedicated, curious, and passionate.”
Bayhealth nurse anesthesia students welcomed visitors to their display in the Atrium. They shared information about their training, practice, and career paths.
Oladeji (Deji) Baboloa, a senior student from Drexel University, and Mark McGraw, a senior student from Villanova University Crozier-Chester Medical Center, are currently at Bayhealth.
Nurse anesthetists first obtain bachelor’s and master’s degrees in general nursing. They then must complete a rigorous course of study in the anesthesia field.
Nurse anesthesia programs range from 24-36 months and include training in university or large community hospitals.
In photo: Frank Jacono, CRNA, and Jineen Redden-Huff, CRNA (front row); Mark McGraw and Oladeji Baboloa (back row).