Lurie CRNAs have a 100% pediatric clinical practice and care for children across the age range, functioning as part of a multidisciplinary healthcare team. CRNAs participate in a wide range of surgical cases, interventional and imaging procedures. As part of the division of General and Clinical Anesthesia, the CRNAs are well respected and integral members of the division. The CRNAs are a tightknit supportive team. There are opportunities for participation in dedicated clinical teams for fetal surgery, neurosurgery, and difficult airway management. QI and research opportunities and mentoring are available for CRNAs who are interested in those areas.
Flexible scheduling is available, and 0.8-1.0 FTE are offered. Weekend daytime coverage is requested and shared among the CRNA group.
1. Perform and document the preanesthesia assessment and evaluation of the patient.
2. Review, request, and order laboratory/diagnostic studies.
3. Obtain informed consent for anesthesia and related services.
4. Select, obtain, order, and administer preanesthetic medication or treatment.
5. Develop and implement an anesthesia care plan.
6. Select, obtain, prepare, and use equipment, invasive and non-invasive monitors, supplies, and drugs for the administration of sedation, anesthesia, and pain management services; perform safety checks as needed.
7. Select, order, obtain, and administer analgesic and anesthetic agents, adjuvant drugs, accessory drugs, fluids, or blood products necessary to provide anesthesia services.
8. Perform all aspects of airway management, including fiberoptic intubation and video laryngoscopy.
9. Select appropriate intraprocedural monitors based on anesthesia standards, patient specific conditions, and surgical requirements.
10. Obtains peripheral and/or central venous and arterial access as appropriate for the case and the patient condition with ultrasound guidance as indicated.
11. Administers intravenous crystalloid, colloid and blood products as necessary to maintain intravascular volume and blood pressure during surgical intervention.
12. Administers the proper dose of anesthetic, anesthesia-related and emergency drugs necessary to maintain appropriate insensibility to pain and hemodynamic stability, adequate perfusion of body tissues and normal oxygenation.
13. Documents accurately on the anesthesia record.
14. Reports any anesthesia complications via proper reporting structures and obtains consultations and follow-up for patient safety.
15. Facilitate emergence and recovery from anesthesia by evaluating patient response, and selecting, ordering, and administering medications, fluids, and ventilator support to maintain patient stability during transfer.
16. Initiate and administer post-anesthesia pharmacological or fluid support of the cardiovascular system.
17. Initiate and administer respiratory support to ensure adequate ventilation and oxygenation in the postanesthesia period.
18. Evaluate the patient’s response to anesthesia and surgery; take appropriate corrective action during the postanesthesia period.
19. Provide postanesthesia follow-up evaluation and care.
20. Implement acute pain management modalities.
21. Manage emergency situations by assessing, stabilizing, and determining disposition of patients, including providing airway management, administration of emergency drugs and fluids, and using basic and advanced cardiac life support techniques.
22. Place and manage regional and neuraxial anesthetic techniques.
23. Use and interpretation of ultrasound for regional anesthesia and vascular access.
24. Provides expert clinical care, education, consultation, advocacy, research, leadership and mentorship.
25. Promotes the advancement of the nursing profession at Lurie Children’s and the community-at-large. This
may include publication, participation in professional organizations and providing educational support to the
26. Collaborates and coordinates care with medical team to deliver evidenced-based care and establish best
practices in clinical care.
27. Conducts and participates in research.
28. Meets the Medical Staffs Allied Health Practitioners core measures of performance related to patient care,
medical knowledge, practice-based learning and improvement, interpersonal communication skills,
professionalism, and system-based practice.
29. Participates in the education of anesthesia trainees and airway learners from other departments.
30. Attends departmental meetings.
31. Performs job functions adhering to service principles with customer service focus of innovation, service
excellence and teamwork to provide the highest quality care and service to our patients, families, co-workers
32. Other job functions as assigned.
1. Current active state licensure as a registered nurse and an advanced practice registered nurse in the state of Illinois.
2. Graduate of a nurse anesthesia educational program accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs or its predecessor. Master’s Degree or Doctoral degree required with Doctoral degree preferred.
3. Currently certified or recertified by the National Board of Certification and Recertification for Nurse Anesthetists.
4. CRNA experience preferred. Prior experience in pediatrics preferred.
5. Insurable by an appropriate medical malpractice insurer for the limits required by this institution or state.
6. Demonstrated experience as delineated in clinical privileges through credentialing by the Medical Staff Office required.
7. Basic Life Support (BLS), Acute Care Life Support (ACLS), and Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) Certification required from AHA.
8. Strong interpersonal skills, basic computer skills, and strong verbal and written communication skills.