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ISM- MENTOR INTERVIEW ASSIGNMENT QUESTIONS

Student Name: Shahyian Maknajia Period: 7th

Printed Name of Person Christie Delaune


Interviewed:
Role of Individual:
_X_Mentor
Place of Business: Clear Lake Regional Medical Center

Business Address: 500 W. Medical Center Blvd. Webster, TX, 77598

Phone Number: 281-332-2511

Date of Interview: April 18, 2017

Type of Interview: _X_ In Person

1. For someone working in your field, please describe the fantasies versus realities of the job.
(Fantasy vs. reality)

The fantasy in my mentors field is that if the patients took care of their eating habits and their
body more the jobs of CRNAs would be much easier than it is now. The reality of this job is that things
dont move as quickly as they seem, the hospital is not very organized, and the computers are very slow.

2. What is your current educational level? What continuing education and training are required?
(Educational level and requirements)

My mentors current educational level is a masters degree in nursing. CRNAs have to complete
at least a 100 hours of continuing education every year and eventually take a test.

3. Please describe the typical day-to-day activities of someone working in your field.
(Day-to-day activities)

The typical day-to-day activities for a CRNA are that they have to do many pre-ops (find out
about them, medical history, consent for anesthesia), and review information with anesthesiologists.
CRNA will then bring the patient in the room, setting everything up before the procedure starts, giving
them sedation or putting them to sleep right away, after the procedure is over the CRNA will wake the
patient up and bring them into the recovery room where they will recover slowly.

4. How secure are you in your current position? What do you think is the future of your field?
(Job security)

My mentor is very secure in her current position because she has 5 years experience in
anesthesia. The future of CRNAs is that AANA is trying to pass legislation where CRNAs are allowed to
work and perform without an anesthesiologist.

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5. What is a typical (average or lowest to highest) salary of someone working in your field?
(Salary)

A typical salary for someone working in the same field as my mentor ranges between $120,000
$250,000 a year. Most of the time the salary depends on where you work, how long you work, are you
taking the calls, and/or are you working overtime?

6. What potential for growth is there in your field?


(Growth potential)

The potential for growth in my mentors field is that you could get a PhD, doctoral or an
independent practicing degree. The growth potential for this field expands farther than many think.

7. What are your greatest strengths?

My mentors greatest strengths are being attentive to details, paying very close attention to the
information that is given and shes very hardworking. She is also always taking care of the patient as
much as she can.

8. What are your greatest weaknesses?

Some of the weaknesses that she stated were that she doesnt do spinal and epidural anesthesia
because the hospital doesnt allow a CRNA to perform it. Another Weakness would be is that she is very
direct with her patients/Not as sociable with the patient.

9. How do you handle conflict?

My mentor handles conflict by talking it out with the troubled patient and/or family member,
understanding their perspective of the situation as best as possible, and being less aggressive towards the
patient and/or family member. Dealing with a conflict can sometimes be a bothersome to many nurses
and doctors before and sometimes after the procedure.

10. What is the role of a CRNA/what do you see as your role as a CRNA?

The role of a CRNA is to administrate the different anesthetics drugs, keeping their vitals normal
as best as possible, and more before, during and after a procedure. CRNAs are the first line of defense
that means that they have to watch over their patients continuously to make sure that nothing goes
wrong.

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SUMMARY

A CRNAs salary ranges between 120k 250K per year.


Most CRNAs arent allowed to do everything like anesthesiologists are because its the hospital
policies, but its different for every hospital.
CRNAs take great care of their patients before, during, and after the procedure.
After the CRNA hands the patient over to the recovery room, its not their problem if something
goes wrong.
AANA is trying to pass legislation where CRNA can solely work by themselves without the
guidance of anesthesiologists.
CRNAs are required to finish at least 100 hours of continuing education and are required to take
a test starting from this year.
CRNAs complete the 100 hours by going to meetings and other places to discuss things on
anesthesia.
A CRNA is able to get a PhD, doctoral or a independence practice certificate if they wished to go
ahead another step.
The reality of a CRNA is that pre-ops, procedure and other things relating to anesthesia dont
move as quickly as it seems sometimes.
Salary can also depends on where you work, do you take any calls, and do you work overtime.
The higher your years of experience in anesthesia determine how secure your current job is and
you will also earn a bigger paycheck.
The growth potential for this field is much higher than many would think.
As a CRNA you must be very good at math and you should always be focused because slacking
off can make something go wrong.
Dealing with conflict can be bothersome and can sometimes be a pain in the butt if its not solved.

Revised Fall 2013