PeriAnesthesia Nursing Career
PeriAnesthesia Nurse: When a patient undergoes anesthesia during surgery, a PeriAnesthesia nurse provides both preoperative and postoperative care to that patient. When the patient awakens from anesthesia, the PeriAnesthesia Nurse is responsible for monitoring the patient until he/she is ready to be discharged from the PeriAnesthesia unit.
The main duties of a PeriAnesthesia Nurse include:
- Providing preoperative, intra operative and postoperative care to patients.
- Monitoring a patients condition closely after undergoing anesthesia.
- Working closely with other healthcare professionals, e.g. Surgeons and Anesthetists.
- Assisting with pain relief in obstetrical delivery rooms.
- Responding to side effects when a patient awakens from anesthesia.
- Positioning IV, Dressing and tube insertion.
Where they work: PeriAnesthesia nurses are registered nurses, who can work in a variety of settings from Perianesthesia care units in large hospitals to outpatient clinics.
Qualifications: PeriAnesthesia Nurses must first qualify as Registered Nurses. The American Board of PeriAnesthesia Nursing Certification (ABPANC) offers two types of certifications. The Certified Post Anesthesia Nurse (CPAN) and Certified Ambulatory PeriAnesthesia Nurse (CAPA). Both of these certifications are accredited by the American Board of Nursing Specialties (ABNS).
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