Nurse Anesthetist

Employer: American Refugee Committee International
Location: South Sudan
Closing date: 22 Jul 2016


RESPONSIBLE TO: Surgeon (Medical Doctor Specialist Surgeon)
STATUS: Full Time
SUPERVISORY CAPACITY: None
DATE: October 1, 2016 (subject to funding)

COUNTRY PROGRAM MISSION
Since 1994 American Refugee Committee (ARC) has been operating in South Sudan which covers five states with programs and services reaching over 400,000 returnees, IDPs, refugees and host community members.

Currently, ARC implements programs in Primary Health Care and Gender Based Violence but is currently expanding to Secondary Health Care WASH, and Food Security. ARC has program activities in Central and Eastern Equatoria and Northern Bahr el Ghazal states. This project will be implemented in Kajo Keji Hospital.

PRIMARY PURPOSE OF THE POSITION
The Nurse Anesthetist shall work as a part of the medical care team and help in performing surgeries. He/she is responsible for delivering anesthesia for medical and surgical procedures. The Nurse Anesthetist cares for a patient before, during and after a medical procedure or surgery by performing a patient assessment, preparing the patient for anesthesia, administering and maintaining the anesthesia to ensure proper sedation and pain management, overseeing patient recovery from anesthesia and caring for the patient's immediate post-operative needs.

MAJOR AREAS OF ACCOUNTABILITY

PRIMARY DUTIES/RESPONSIBILITIES
Prepare preoperative assessments including health histories, physical examinations and tests to determine if giving anesthesia to the patient would be fine or not.
Make sure that the patients are prepared well for the surgery both physically as well as mentally.
Administer anesthetics for the prompt management of complications of pregnancy and labor requiring surgical intervention as well as support clients undergoing general surgery and orthopedic surgery
Initiate and maintain appropriate intra-operative anesthetic care. Ensure that the patients are given appropriate dosage of anesthesia and also maintained while the surgery is going on.
Monitor the patients for a while after the anesthesia is given. This is to check if the anesthesia goes in properly or reacts in a different manner.
Initiates remedial measures to prevent surgical shock or other adverse conditions.
Informs physician of patient's condition during anesthesia.
Provide information related to anesthesia to the patients. He/she needs to calm the patients’ anxiety and educate him/ her about the after effects of anesthesia.
Document and archive patients’ reports; preoperative assessments, intra and postoperative anesthesia procedures.
Complete postoperative evaluations in accordance with department policies.
Formulate anesthetic care plan and protocols in accordance with the national and international standards
Participate in monthly meetings of the hospital management team by compiling and analyzing client records for the improvement of quality of anesthetic support
Participate in the creation and sharing of knowledge in the hospital by conducting on-the-job training that will ensure quality anesthetic support services
Perform other duties in the hospital as required.

EDUCATION, TECHNICAL SKILLS & KNOWLEDGE REQUIRED
Bachelor degree/Diploma in anesthesiology from a recognized institution
Registered to practice with a recognized professional body
2-3 years’ experience in surgical obstetrics, general and orthopedic surgery
Excellent communication skills – English written, ability to communicate in Arabic is an added advantage
Ability to work well under pressure and in harsh environment
Good computer skills: excellent knowledge of MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint and email/internet software.
Proven ability to work cooperatively with others in a team environment
Good understanding of the political and cultural context of South Sudan
African experience
Team environment
Willing to work in hardship area with limited resources

American Refugee Committee is an Equal Opportunity Employer offering employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, citizenship, physical or mental disability, or protected veteran status. American Refugee Committee complies with all applicable laws governing nondiscrimination in employment.


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