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Gideon Naboye on Basic Anesthesia Education for Nurses

I took the Basic Anesthesia Education for Nurses because I am looking for a career choice that is challenging, yet very rewarding, and at the same time fosters the compassionate care that is inherent in being a nurse. I love the adrenaline rush that you get for helping others during a critical emergency, the science of medicine, and the range of technology utilized. I am also fascinated with the wide array of pharmacopeia used in anesthesia and its effect to physiology.

I love to do things and this course has allowed me to do that. I get involved in the care of patients and their families during their entire surgical experience. I participate in the pre-operative assessment and evaluation, and work with the supervising Anesthesiologist plan the safest and best anesthesia care for the patient, discuss the risks involved, and answer any questions that they might have. During the operation, I assist the Anesthesiologist monitor the vital functions of the patient, maintain the desired level, or depth of anesthesia, and administer prescribed medications. I also intubate and do spinal under his supervision employing the different techniques I learned. After the operation I help in the care of patients emerging from anesthesia. I anticipate, prepare, and monitor for possible complications and refer as needed. I also help manage post-operative pain.

The activities mentioned are only but a few of the numerous tasks and duties that I do.  Sometimes, the work requires you to become clinicians, managers, social workers, and patient advocates to be able to meet the need s of the patient and their families in a time that they are most vulnerable.

The field of anesthesia is a specialty that involves every field of medicine, from pediatrics, OB, to Trauma and Emergency, and in order to meet the challenges in the study a nurse eyeing for this specialty must have a certain degree of medical proficiency and competence. It requires the student to possess critical thinking skills in decision making having extra attention to details and looking over for the slightest changes, the initiative to go the extra mile, and the diligence and organization required in pursuing excellence in one’s work. Sure, it can be very demanding and stressful, but it can also be very fulfilling.

I learned in my training that as nurse anesthetists, we work backstage during each operative play. We work our magic quietly behind the curtains of the OR table making sure the patient stays alive throughout the whole ordeal of surgery. We do not expect recognition nor get the credit for that but at the end of the day we are happy for making a huge contribution to the success of the play and for making a difference in the life of our patients.

If I will have to choose another specialty, I will definitely choose this program again. A whole avenue of professional and personal growth has opened for me and I am enjoying every step of the way.

So, for those who love the excitement of the OR, especially behind the drapes and those who are up for the extra challenge, and who are willing to be taught by several of the country’s leading experts in anesthesiology, a career in anesthesia can be an option for you.

Gideon Naboye is a Nurse Anesthetist trainee at Quezon Medical Center under the Basic Anesthesia Education for Nurses program of Alpha Centauri Educational System.  He served as an Emergency Room Nurse at Baguio General Hospital until he decided to widen his career options by studying to become a nurse anesthetist.

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  1. Hi! Am currently working here in Abu Dhabi. I will be sent by my Surgeon to attend the program in ACES to be a Nurse Anesthetist. I just wonder sir where can we work after completing the course? Are there hospitals who recognize Nurse Anesthetist in the Philippines? It has been really my passion to study Nurse Anesthetics, that is why i am so glad to hear that ACES is the only institution in the Philippines that offers the course. Thank you.

  2. Greetings!
    I, Michelle Abueva, a nurse trainee at National Kidney and Transplant Institute, would like to ask you to enlighten us about nurse anesthetists in the Philippines during our nursing update on August 8, 2013. By the way, you’re referred by Ms. Rachel Maningas.

    I’m hoping to hear from you the soonest time possible. I do hope that we could share a table together and collaborate on this one. If you wish to do so, please do contact me: 09222093691; 🙂

  3. Just want to ask if this training and certificate is recognized internationally?

    • Nurse Anesthesia Program and practice can vary from one country to another. For one to be accepted as a nurse anesthetist in another country, there are rules and regulations depending on the place where you are planning to practice. Our graduates are already in Bahrain and Qatar.
      The best way is for you to show them what you know, pass the exams (written and practical usually).

  4. finally i was able to find at least one feedback from an aces graduate of this program, if u can share here how much will it cost, duration, and job opportunities after finishing it or if u were able to at least practice even without pay. thanks in advance

    • Nurse An:

      Cost: I suggest you call the admission office of the school. They will provide you with more information on the cost of the program. Here is the add:

      Duration: 6 months basic training plus 1 month ‘inter-hospital’ affiliation duty in Manila..a training certificate will be issued after successfully passing all the reqs of the program.

    • Job opportunity: The firt graduates of the program are now working(with pay) as anesthesia staff.

      Volunteerism: NO

  5. go go may your tribe increase. When you are sick and at the stage where you don’t seem to care about anything, feeling helpless… a little compassion from those attending to you matters.

    • Hello Ms. Jude, thank you for that encouraging message. The science of human compassion is still one of the most powerful virtues that we can have and is “a cornerstone of greater social interconnection and humanism”. I hope that every healthcare provider remembers this:)

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