In the UCLA Department of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Medicine, Nurse Anesthetists are an integral part of the anesthesia care team. UCLA nurse anesthetists practice in various clinical settings including the Ronald Reagan Medical Center, Medical Plaza Ambulatory Surgery Center, Jules Stein Eye Institute, and Santa Monica Hospital and Surgery Center.
UCLA is a clinical training site for both the USC Keck School of Medicine and Kaiser Permanente Nurse Anesthesia Programs. Students work closely with nurse anesthesia staff and faculty anesthesiologists in many anesthetizing locations to gain clinical anesthesia experience. Our nurse anesthetists' regularly provide educational programs for our nursing colleagues. Annually a course on the administration of conscious sedation is given to nurses from interventional radiology and cardiology, gastroenterology units, and pain services. Other lectures include techniques for a comprehensive preoperative interview in our preoperative clinic and PTU or anesthesia complications for the PACU staff nurses. Recently, a six week course was given, by a few of the CRNA staff at Santa Monica Hospital, to the anesthesia support staff in preparation for their boards.
In addition to their clinical and educational activities, several members of the CRNA group have participated in writing a research paper as well as collecting data for a post-doctoral study. These projects were done with anesthesiologists and one of our PhD Nursing faculty members respectively.
Opportunities abroad exist in the Department as well. In 2013, Rose Wechter, CRNA traveled to Guatemala, sponsored by the Faith in Practice organization. This was a week long medical mission with anesthesia providers and other medical professionals providing care to hundreds of people from the region. Thao Hoang, CRNA has participated in several medical missions with the Healing the Children organization. She served in underprivileged areas of Mexico and Belize where a significant number of children, required plastic reconstructive surgeries for craniofacial anomalies. Erica McCall, CRNA, traveled to Eritrea, Africa as a volunteer to provide and teach anesthesia skills to their nurses studying at a local school. This mission was sponsored by Health Volunteers Overseas.
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