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Nurse Anesthetist


Minimum Education Requirement:
master's degree awarded from a graduate nurse anesthesia program and having successfully passed the national certifying examination within one year of completion of required didactic and clinical requirements


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Nurse Anesthetist

Career Description

The Air Force operates full-service medical facilities around the world, including first-class surgery centers. As a Nurse Anesthetist, you'll work in one of these facilities as a member of the surgical team caring for Airmen and their families. And since you'll enter the Air Force as an officer, your rank along with your skills will earn you the instant respect of your peers.

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Career Tasks

  • Administer anesthetic agents to patients and monitor their reactions to anesthesia and surgery
  • Provide or supervise postoperative recovery care, including the management of the anesthesia department
  • Provide or supervise services in support of patients with respiratory care requirements
  • Assist with the training of personnel in venipuncture and intravenous therapy, respiratory care, cardiopulmonary resuscitation and anesthesia under the direction of a medical officer
  • Perform preoperative evaluations and preparations, administering anesthetics and advising the anesthesiologist of adverse reactions necessitating nondelegated medical decisions

Relevant Interests & Skills

You might like this career if you have interests in these areas:

  • Health and Medicine
  • Natural Science
  • Business, Operations and Administration

Becoming a Commissioned Officer

To ease your transition into the Air Force, you'll enter a five-week training regimen designed to educate you on the ways of both the military and military healthcare. You'll participate in physical conditioning five days a week, leadership training and classroom studies.