RN Anesthesia job, where else have you seen it?

  1. I am an ICU nurse looking to possibly transition out of the bedside role but not leave it entirely.

    In my job search, I recently found the following job:
    RN - Anesthesia Job in Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital at Cottage Health

    It's a job for an RN to basically assist the anesthesia team with inserting lines, sedating and preparing patients for procedures, as well as setting up OR rooms for the physicians.

    It sounds like a really interesting job, so I am curious if anyone else has heard of this? It is in California at a hospital that is very well staffed, so I am guessing that elsewhere these tasks just fall to ICU or OR nurses.

    The reason I can't apply for this particular opening is because their HR person told me that it only opens up once every 12-18 months, and that it always gets filled by internal applicants.
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  3. by   offlabel
    Quote from MIRN923
    I am an ICU nurse looking to possibly transition out of the bedside role but not leave it entirely.

    In my job search, I recently found the following job:
    RN - Anesthesia Job in Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital at Cottage Health

    It's a job for an RN to basically assist the anesthesia team with inserting lines, sedating and preparing patients for procedures, as well as setting up OR rooms for the physicians.

    It sounds like a really interesting job, so I am curious if anyone else has heard of this? It is in California at a hospital that is very well staffed, so I am guessing that elsewhere these tasks just fall to ICU or OR nurses.

    The reason I can't apply for this particular opening is because their HR person told me that it only opens up once every 12-18 months, and that it always gets filled by internal applicants.
    Sounds like an anesthesia tech job with nurse pay. Can't imagine why they'd hire an RN for that, but it would be a pretty cushy job for a nurse. Small wonder it's not easy to get.
  4. by   delphine22
    Sounds like a job in special procedures or interventional radiology. Those nurses basically act as part OR circulator, part cath lab nurse. Their duties are pretty similar to what you described -- pt comfort and safety, prep and recovery, lines, assist MD but not pass surgical tools or scrub in.

    Note: Depending on the department or the hospital, you can take basically no call or hellacious call. Our radiology nurses take one or two call shifts a month. Our specials nurses regularly work 24 hours straight without a break.

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