Nurse Anesthetist -IRAQ

Employer: Comprehensive Health Services
Location: Iraq
Tracking Code8090-120

Job Description

This is a notional position contingent upon position availability.

The Medical Services Support in Iraq (MSSI) Program Manager establishes a clinically safe and professionally managed healthcare environment and provides primary health care as well as resuscitative surgical care in accordance with U.S. or equivalent medical standards on a 24-hour basis, 365 days of the year to Chief of Mission (COM) personnel U.S. Embassy Baghdad, serving a population of approximately 6,600 adults.

SCOPE:The Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) reports to the MSSI Program Manager and will be clinically supervised by the site medical director and work under the direction of a Physician, Surgeon, or Anesthetist.

The Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) will be assigned to treat patients in one of two settings: (1) Small medical/trauma hospitals, (2) Large medical/trauma hospital.

The Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) will administer anesthetics to patients undergoing medical, dental, and surgical procedures. They will work under the direction of the attending surgeon, dentist, or anesthesiologist. Duties will include getting supplies and equipment ready for procedures, studying and interpreting pre-surgical tests to determine how the anesthetic will affect the patient, and assuring that an adequate blood supply is on hand in case of an emergency.

In addition to administering the prescribed anesthetic, the CRNA will monitor the patient’s vital signs and communicate the information to the physicians. They will also perform other tasks during these medical procedures, such as inserting artificial airways, administering oxygen, and attempting to prevent surgical shock. In addition, they may be required to assist with stabilization of patient and coordination of evacuation of patient to medevac center or CONUS.

All services shall be provided in accordance with established standards, principles and ethics of the profession, applicable professional specialty organizations, and the high-quality standard for which CHS is recognized.

Required Skills

Completed an accredited Nurse Anesthetist school in the United States,
Maintain current certification and an unrestricted license in any U.S. State,
Hold and maintain a current unrestricted U.S. (State) license and have a CRNA certification.
A minimum of 3 years experience as a Nurse Anesthetists is required.
Have and maintain current certification in Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS), and Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR); or have audited an Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) course.
Nurse Anesthetists who recently completed a Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC) course or comparable advanced trauma course featuring “live tissue” or simulation training are very desirable.
All healthcare providers must have current clinical experience in direct patient care and have worked a minimum of 6 of the last 12 months in desired career field.

All Health Care Providers (HCPs) will document care delivered and follow up care required.
All services shall be provided in accordance with established standards, principles and ethics of the profession and applicable professional specialty organizations.
Attends and participates in a variety of meetings and task force groups to improve quality and outcomes, communicate issues, obtain approvals, resolve problems and maintain specific level of knowledge pertaining to new developments, new task efforts, and new policy requirements.
Maintains the highest regard for patient dignity and observe the precepts of the American Hospital Associations Bill of Rights for patients.
Other duties as assigned.


 Must have a valid, current U.S. Driver’s License

 Must have a current U.S. Passport.

 Must sign a CHS Foreign Service Agreement (FSA) and is bound to the terms and conditions of the FSA.

 Shall be proficient in the ability to speak, write and communicate in English.

 Work hours are based on a 72 hr. work week; typically six 12 hour days but other variations may apply.

 Requires a favorably adjudicated Moderate Risk Public Trust (MRPT) investigation conducted by the Department of State, Bureau of Diplomatic Security.

 Shall attend a Pre-deployment Counter Terrorism training course prior to deployment to Iraq.

Note: CHS will provide institutional malpractice insurance as well as individual malpractice policies for Nurse Anesthetists, Physicians and other primary care providers.

Must be confirmed by a medical examination to be “medically and dentally fit” in accordance CHS Medical Readiness Guidelines and Policies and/or as dictated by the Client
No conditions that would prevent the wear of personal protective equipment; including protective mask, ballistic helmet, body armor and chemical/biological protective garments or conditions that would prevent the capability of donning, lifting or carrying of up to 70 lbs. of referenced gear while running to a bunker or protected area in the face of perceived or imminent danger.
Work is normally performed in a typical interior/office work environment; travel in Iraq is required by surface or air.
The climate is desert-like, hot, and prone to dust storms.

Comprehensive Health Services is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). Employment selection and related decisions are made without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability, veteran status, gender identity, and sexual orientation, and other statuses protected by law.