As the name seems to indicate, perianesthesia nurses work in one of the RN jobs that deal with anesthesiology. They are the nurses who assist anesthesiologists. They prepare patients for surgery and get them ready for anesthesia. Then, after the surgery is completed, perianesthesia nurses are responsible for slowly and safely bringing patients out of the anesthetized state and back to consciousness.
Unlike nurse anesthesiologists, perianesthesia nurses don’t actually handle or administer the anesthesia. Their primary responsibility is to ensure the patient’s safety and comfort during the transition times. They also get patients ready to be discharged from the perianesthesia care unit.
Perianesthesia nurses must work closely with surgeons, anesthetists, and others involved in the surgical process. They monitor the patient before, during, and after being anesthetized. They position the IV and handle the tube insertion and dressing. If there are any side effects to the anesthesia, the perianesthesia nurse offers treatment and care in response. Perianesthesia nurses may also help deliver babies, providing pain relief that is safe and effective.
The perianesthesia nurse is employed by a medical facility that offers surgery, which can be a public hospital, military hospital, or ambulatory surgery center.
Perianesthesia nurses can earn more than $60,000 per year depending on location and experience. In order to become a perianesthesia nurse, you must first qualify as a registered nurse. After this, you must obtain certification from the American Board of Perianesthesia Nursing Certification (ABPANC). Two certifications that are offered include the Certified Post Anesthesia Nurse (CPAN) and Certified Ambulatory Perianesthesia Nurse (CAPA).