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September 10, 2012

Anesthesiologist Assistant Responsibilities

An anesthesiologist assistant assists the anesthesiologist by administering anesthesia. The Anesthesiologist Assistants responsibilities include gathering initial assessment information, monitoring patient during surgery and monitoring patients in post operative recovery. The starting salary for graduates as of 2012 was $98,000 to $125,000.  Anesthesiologist Assistants, once seasoned, can earn $165,000 to $185,000.  If interested in becoming an anesthesiologist assistant, it requires the individual to earn a bachelor’s degree (preferably in the Sciences) then being accepted into a masters degree program that lasts from 24 to 28 months, according to AnesthesiologistAssistant.com.

Anesthesiologist Assistant Surgical Responsibilities

  •         An anesthesiologist assistant troubleshoots equipment, gathers patient initial assessment information, monitors patient during surgery and in post operative recovery, according to AnesthesiaAssistant.com.

Anesthesiologist Assistant Administration of Medications and Monitoring

  •         Under the supervision of an anesthesiologist, an anesthesiologist assistant administers the appropriate sedatives and paralytics exclusively prepared for each individual patient, according to AnesthesiologistAssistant.com. The anesthesiologist assistant also monitors the patient’s complete body system functions during surgery and caters to all patient needs while anesthetized.

Anesthesiologist Assistant Assistance

  •         An anesthesiologist assistant in the Anesthesia Care Team (ACT) setting, is responsible for monitoring the patient’s complete body systems, which includes but is not limited to airway management, blood pressure, heart rate, temperature, level of consciousness and insuring all advanced life support techniques are ready in case of an emergency, according to AnesthesiologistAssistant.com.

Monitoring

  •         Anesthesiologist assistants are trained to perform the crucial initial assessment, to closely monitor their patients during and then after surgery in the post-op suite.  The anesthesiologist assistant is responsible for three critical phases: Pre-operative phase, In-surgery phase and the Post-operative phase.

 

Resources:

http://www.AnesthesiologistAssistant.com

http://www.AnesthesiaAssistant.com

http://www.AnesthesiaCareTeam.com

Anesthesiologist Assistant Salary

Anesthesiologist Assistant Salary

  •     New Anesthesiologist Assistant Graduates

After graduating from an Anesthesiologist Assistant program, expect to receive about $118,000 per year. Keep in mind that different parts of the country pay slightly different hourly rates.

 

  •     Salary Increases For Anesthesiologist Assistants

After the first year or two on the job, an anesthesiologist assistant should expect a significant raise of anywhere between 5 and 15 percent.
After being employed two years and proving you have mastered your skills as an Anesthesiologist Assistant, the pay raise has been seen anywhere from 5 to percent.

 

  •     Early Anesthesiologist Assistant Career

According to AnesthesiologistAssistant.com, an anesthesiologist assistant (AA) should expect to make between $95,000 and $135,000 per year.

 

  •     Comparing Anesthesiologist Assistant to CRNAs

According to Nova Southeastern University, there is no difference between the salary of an anesthesiologist assistant (AA) and that of a certified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA).

 

  •     Experienced Anesthesiologist Assistant Professionals

The American Medical Association states that, an anesthesiologist assistant with experience has the potential to earn between $165,000 and $185,000 per year.

September 6, 2012

General Pointers About Locums Work For Anesthesiologist Assistants!

General Pointers About Locums Work from a CRNA Perspective but which also applies to Anesthesiologist Assistants

#1. Since the Anesthesiologist Assistants are moving for licensure in a number of states, they need to stick into their practice act an INTERSTATE AA PRACTICE COMPACT. That would make your Anesthesiologist Assistants license like a drivers license. You could work in any of the Compact states with the license of your home state. You would still have to obey the laws of the state you are working in, but it would save you a TON of money in licenses and you would not have to jump thru the hoops of every state to get “their” license. That is a class “A” headache.

#2. Insurance is going to be a big concern. Make sure you know who is paying it and what kind it is.  A “claims occurred” policy is 1000 times better than a “claims filed.” (If you are interest in the difference, just ask and I can go into that into more detail.) I buy a policy from my agency on a “per day worked” basis and it covers me for anything I did (or failed to do) for that one day. Obviously it is a “claims occurred” policy. If the hospital or group that is hiring you is going to add you to their policy, make sure the policy clearly states locums are covered or that you are a named insured. However, even with that, it probably is a “claims filed” type policy and something you did or did not do can come back to haunt you years later. If you want your “own” policy, keep in mind some insurance agencies require you to have one for each state you work in. That can add up to a LOT of money very quickly. Bottom line, before you do your FIRST locums, know exactly were you stand on insurance.

#3. Hourly pay is the main source of your income. However, you should also get travel expenses, per diem and housing. Travel should be taxi from your house to the airport, the air ticket, and perhaps a rental car for your stay at the locums facility. If you drive, the going rate is around 40 cents a mile. If you are going to drive a great distance, watch out as they may try to short you on the mileage or “pay a set rate.” Per diem is around $30 per day. Lodging can be done a number of ways. They can put you up in a hotel and pay the hotel directly or you can check in and put it on your credit card and then they pay you. I prefer the first method of the two. However, if you have a motor home or travel trailer, you can do something novel. They pay you $50 a day for housing. You stay in an RV park. If you use the RV only for locums, it can be a major tax write off as a business expense. You can write off upkeep, propane and electric, interest and take a pretty good depreciation also.

#4. As the “visitor,” expect to do things their way and not yours. If they are still using morphine and pentothal, you have to adapt. A very quick way to “upset them” is to make demands for stuff that you like that they do not use. BUT…and this is the big one….do not compromise patient safety. If it is a patient safety issue or a standard of care issue, you need to CLEARLY state your position. Do not think that “protesting and documenting” you are safe. If you know there is a safety violation and object, then go on to do it anyway, you are just as liable as they.

((If you are using the insurance company of the agency, you can use that as support for you. THEY will not want you to do cases without the proper equipment either.))

#5. Lastly, locums people are often the vanguard. A hospital who never before used an Anesthesiologist Assistant may hire you to see how it works, as an experiment before they hire Anesthesiologist Assistants permanently. You may be the first Anesthesiologist Assistant they ever met. If you come in and are a jerk, or a pain in the butt, or “nuts” or just not capable of handling the job, that will not only reflect negatively upon you but your whole Anesthesiologist Assistant profession. Little things like showing up in shorts and a T-shirt, strange tatoos, nose and tongue piercings and the like are not going to impress them and may turn them off. If you are going to do locums, you need to be on the ball and at the top of your game.

August 14, 2012

Anesthesiologist Assistants: The Answer To The Nursing Shortage?

Filed under: Anesthesiologist Assistant Career — admin @ 7:39 pm

We know it’s coming…

Just as we hold our collective breaths for an impending hurricane, so too, do we dread the worsening, critical nursing shortage.  According to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing Fact Sheet, October 2007, the impending crisis will only intensify by the year 2020, when our national shortage will surge to over 340,000 nurses. But, there is hope for relief…

Anesthesiologist Assistant Salary Information

Filed under: Anesthesiologist Assistant Career — Tags: , , — admin @ 7:33 pm

If you are looking for a lucrative career in the medical field, without the extensive cost and years of training required to get an M.D., you might consider a career as an anesthesiologist assistant.Full Story
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An anesthesiologist assistant is a physician assistant specialist trained to administer anesthesia.  In the United States, an anesthesiologist assistant must complete two and a half years of training in a CAAHEP accredited anesthesiologist assistant program after obtaining a baccalaureate degree and required medical prerequisites.

In the operating room, an anesthesiologist assistant, who is supervised by an anesthesiologist, practices with a great deal of autonomy administering anesthetic drugs and recognizing and treating surgical complications, such as sudden MI and Hypotensive crisis.  The anesthesiologist assistant is trained to assess potential complications prior to surgery by obtaining a thorough physical assessment and history.  After surgery, the anesthesiologist assistant monitors the patient until vital signs are stable and he or she gains consciousness.

The seven Anesthesiologist Assistant programs are located at:

Emory University
in Atlanta,
Georgia : LINK
Case Western
Reserve University
in Cleveland,
Ohio : LINK
 Case Western
Reserve University
in Houston,
Texas : LINK
South University
in Savannah,
Georgia : LINK
University of
Missouri
Kansas City,
Missouri : LINK
 Nova Southeastern
University
in Fort-Lauderdale-Davie,
Florida : LINK
 Nova Southeastern
University
Tampa Student
Educational Center : LINK
 

 

 

 

Anesthesiologist Assistant Career Information

Filed under: Anesthesiologist Assistant Career — admin @ 7:07 pm

One of the fastest growing job titles in the U.S. health care landscape is a middle ground between doctors and nurses called the anesthesiologist assistant (AA).

In an operating room, AA’s work directly under the supervision of an anesthesiologist, helping to administer anesthesia for basic procedures and even surgeries such as advanced cardiac care, lung biopsies and liver transplants.

Medical professionals in a handful of states have worked as anesthesiologist assistants for 30 years, but the current shortage of health care providers has pushed the specialty to new heights of popularity. To address a critical shortage of anesthesiologists, the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) recommended in 2003 that hospitals hire more Anesthesiologist Assistants to fill the gap.

The endorsement sparked a sudden growth in the profession, and Anesthesiologist Assistants are now licensed to practice in 18 states. As recently as 2006, Nova Southeastern University in Florida launched the fourth AA training program in the United States, with a founding class of 34 students. That same year, there were about 900 AAs working nationwide, an increase of 200 people since 2001, according to Anesthesiology News magazine. In the field, Anesthesiologist Assistants account for 1 to 3 percent of all U.S. anesthesia providers, the magazine said. With so few trained professionals, demand is soaring for recent graduates. “Anesthesiologist assistants receive between 15 and 20 job offers each, and that continues to be the case for our incoming class at Nova.

Our students have been contacted by anesthesia groups even prior to matriculation, and several have already accepted jobs in the state of Florida,” Robert Wagner, director of the AA program at Nova, told the magazine. As more Anesthesiologist Assistants enter the workforce, healthcare providers continue to debate their most appropriate role in the hospital. Most agree that anesthesia departments need more staff, and that hiring Anesthesiologist Assistants is a faster and less expensive solution than adding more doctor-level anesthesiologists to every department. At the government level, states disagree on the scope of responsibilities that licensed Anesthesiologist Assistants should be allowed to perform. Like many other medical technicians, Anesthesiologist Assistants fall somewhere between doctors and nurses in their education and training.

Various hospitals call anesthesiologist assistants “nonphysician providers” or “physician extenders.” And inside hospitals, some administrators seek to define Anesthesiologist Assistants’ responsibilities more closely to avoid overlapping duties with other medical professionals. For example, most anesthesiologist assistants have the same range of practice as certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNAs), and comparable pay.

The main difference is that AAs must work as part of an anesthesia care team under the direction of an anesthesiologist, while a CRNA can sometimes practice independently, according to Anesthesiology News. The job description of anesthesiologist assistants will continue to evolve, but the young profession appears to be here to stay. Recent graduates find increasing acceptance of their growing role in anesthesia departments around the country. “Ten years ago, we weren’t really on the map. Now we’re operating in different states, and more people are aware of what we can do,” Joe Mader, an AA at a hospital in Ohio, told the magazine. Mader works in a physician group with four anesthesiologists, four certified registered nurse anesthetists and another three Anesthesiologist Assistants. By MiracleWorkers


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