Cardiac CRNAs are well respected members of an elite multidisciplinary team. Their clinical case load includes cath lab, EP, and the CV OR. Cardiac CRNAs have a wide scope of practice which includes cardiac bypass management, single ventricle palliation, central line placement, and VAD management. This team manages the anesthesia care for children with congenital heart disease having noncardiac surgery and imaging as well. As one of the busiest heart transplant centers in the world Lurie’s Heart Center offers the opportunity of a CRNA pediatric cardiac career. The team is hiring for a growth mindset and looking for dedicated people to embrace the supportive team culture.
This role is 4 days per week. One day per week is a rotating first call shift. The first call CRNA stays until cases are finished and then takes overnight home call with a subsequent postcall day off. Daily coverage varies from 8-12 hours without a fixed schedule – assignment dependent.
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.
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.
(Please refer to the Essential Job Functions section of the Job Description.)
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 pediatric and/or cardiac anesthesia, and RN experience in the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit is 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.
8. Strong interpersonal skills, basic computer skills, and strong verbal and written communication skills.
(Please refer to the Knowledge, Skills and Abilities section of the Job Description.)