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.