Anesthesia Nursing in the UK

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    Hello all! I am new to this discussion forum. It seems like a great way to chat, answer questions, and give support to fellow CRNAs and to those who porbably need it most, us students! I have a question about anesthesia nursing in the UK. WHile I know that the job prospects and the salary are unbeatable here in the US, personal reasons may take me overseas when I have finished my program. Was wondering if anyone knew how excatly it works over there. I know they have anesthetic nurses that take post-graduate courses in anesthesia. But I didn't know if or how I might be able to practice anesthesia in the UK. And if anyone knows of a good contact person, that would be excellent! Thanks.
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    Hi '

    I'm a British RN who did the anaesthetic course. I could never administer anaesthesia in UK. You may find a job assisting anaesthetists, but the majority of jobs will be in the PACU, Holland allows you to practice. Me, I had to leave UK to practice. Hope this helps,
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    Quote from Oumie
    Hi '

    I'm a British RN who did the anaesthetic course. I could never administer anaesthesia in UK. You may find a job assisting anaesthetists, but the majority of jobs will be in the PACU, Holland allows you to practice. Me, I had to leave UK to practice. Hope this helps,
    You could alway's try southport hospital .
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    Quote from Oumie
    Hi '

    I'm a British RN who did the anaesthetic course. I could never administer anaesthesia in UK. You may find a job assisting anaesthetists, but the majority of jobs will be in the PACU, Holland allows you to practice. Me, I had to leave UK to practice. Hope this helps,
    UK Nurses are currently undertaking a 2.5 year masters course in anaesthesia and will upon training completion become fully fledged anaesthesia practitioners or AP's.

    The training has already begun and is about half way through for the first batch. I do not know wherte it is run but believe many uk nhs hospitals now are on board.

    I have been told that their job desc. includes pre assessment, induction, maintenance and reversal of anaesthsia. It also includes resus and transfers and trauma life support interventions.

    I have one friend who mworked with a trainee ap and he was putting in swan sheaths, fem lines, neck lines and art lines in addition to anaesthesia duties.

    sounds very interesting. This is in the infancy i am led to believe but will undoubtedly become a major workforce in the uk.

    JRD : Anaesthesiologist
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    NO really. they aren't.
    It is a much much much lesser version of te AA.
    More akin to a really great operating department practitioner with somewhat more babysitting power.
    The dr will do all induciton and reversals. there is no scope for change in this, the British medical establishment, which effectively shackles nursing has ensured in measures of self protection and clinical elitism.
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    Hello abrnindc!

    did you ever become a nurse anesthetist in the UK???

    im looking to be a travel nurse to UK OR, go to school for anesthesia...im applying right now for her ein the US. but would love to move to the UK.
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    Quote from babyfood86
    Hello abrnindc!

    did you ever become a nurse anesthetist in the UK???

    im looking to be a travel nurse to UK OR, go to school for anesthesia...im applying right now for her ein the US. but would love to move to the UK.
    Try this link: International Federation of Nurse Anesthetists: UK Country page This will give information on the UK and other countries that have nurse anesthetists.


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