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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.

 

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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 5, 2012

What is the difference between Anesthesiologist Assistants and Nurse Anesthetists?


The difference between an Anesthesiologist Assistant and Nurse Anesthetists is primarily their scope of practice. When it comes to the American Association of Nurse Anesthetist (AANA) vs. the American Academy of Anesthesiologist Assistants (AAAA) there is politics in motion. Not all CRNAs are Anti-Anesthesiologist Assistants but the vast majority of CRNAs are against Anesthesiologist Assistants being licensed and working in all 50 states (the nurses just don’t want the competition).

Anesthesiologist Assistants work under the direction (supervision and/or medical direction) of a licensed Anesthesiologist in the Anesthesia Care Team. Anesthesiologist Assistants in the U.S. are either licensed or work under delegatory authority at hospitals, such as an academic teaching institution, private practice setting institution, or outpatient service day surgery centers in the Anesthesia Care Team (ACT). 100% of Anesthesiologist Assistants work in the ACT model.

CRNAs may work under the medical direction (and/or supervision) of an Anesthesiologist M.D. or D.O. part of the Anesthesia Care Team, or they may work under the supervision of a surgeon, dentist or independently licensed practitioner legally authorized to deliver anesthesia services delineated in the rules and regulation written in accordance with various state laws. 80% of CRNAS work in the ACT in the same manner as Anesthesiologist Assistants and the other 20% of CRNAs work out of the ACT independently mostly in rural areas of the U.S.

HOWEVER, one-third of all practicing nurse anesthetist have not earn an undergraduate degree. All Anesthesiologist Assistants must have obtained an undergraduate degree with pre-med core curriculum courses which is very “rigorous” and must take either the MCAT (Medical College Admission Test) or GRE (Graduate Record Examination Test).

Hospital that have both Anesthesiologist Assistants and CRNAs employed at their institution in the Anesthesia Care Team (ACT), their jobs are identical and both are used interchangeably doing the same exact job. Anesthesiologist Assistants and CRNAs in the ACT stay in the O.R. (suite) with their patients from the beginning of the case to the end of the case anywhere from 30mintues to 8 hours or more depending on the type of surgery that is being performed.

Anesthesiologist Assistants and CRNAs jobs are both amazing and intriguing professions in the Anesthesia Care Team. Nurses (R.N.s) who meet the criteria and prerequisites can also be admitted to an Anesthesiologist Assistant program (anesthetist), there are several nurses who are Anesthesiologist Assistants who chose to take the Anesthesiologist Assistant route vs. CRNA route for different or personal reasons.

FACT: there is a nurse who is an Anesthesiologist Assistant and her title reads R.N., M.M.Sc., A.A.-C., she has thirteen (13) years experience as an Certified Anesthesiologist Assistant – Anesthetist and twenty-three (23) years experience as Registered Nurse.

She is licensed as an R.N.,A.A.-C. (Anesthesiologist Assistant).

*AA School attended – Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA.

*B.S. Nursing (Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing).

*M.M.Sc. Anesthesiology (Master of Medical Science in Anesthesiology).

In closing, both Anesthesiologist Assistants and CRNAs are highly respected as anesthetists in the Allied Health/Nursing as mid-level providers in or out of the Anesthesia Care Team (ACT).

FACT: Anesthesiologist Assistants can train and teach SRNA (student nurse anesthetist) = CRNAs. Anesthesiologist Assistants also train and teach their own AA-S/RN,AA-S (student anesthetist/student nurse anesthetist) = AA-C/RN,AA-C.


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