General Anaesthesia Nurse

The General Anaesthesia Nurse provides leadership and promotes excellence in pediatric, family-centred care. The General Anaesthesia Nurse supports the anaesthesiologist in providing holistic, family-centred care to infants, children, and adolescents who are receiving dental treatment under the provision of deep sedation and general anaesthesia, incorporating standards of practice as stated by the College of Nurses of Ontario and the Regulated Health Professions Act.  Within the framework of the vision, mandate, and core values of Nursing, he/she assumes a leadership role in developing partnerships with clients, families and other health professionals to ensure optimal care delivery.

The RN is registered with College of Nurses of Ontario and works to full scope of practice within the current legislative framework and based on the hospital policies and standards of care.

Key Responsibilities

   Clinical Practice

  • Support the anaesthesiologist and dental team with induction and maintenance of anaesthesia during dental procedures
  • Able to assist with different forms of intubation
  • Able to set up IV for pediatric clients of various ages
  • Knowledge of phases of recovery of a client and possible emergencies
  • Preparation of the treatment room
  • Understands the principles of anaesthesia and the agents used
  • Knowledge and understanding of different stages of anaesthesia
  • Able to obtain anaesthetic equipment and drugs on request
  • Able to assess, assist and manage airway during transportation to recovery
  • Assists with medication management and maintenance of supplies and equipment
  • Bases practice on nursing science and content relevant to nursing from the sciences and humanities
  • Demonstrates a spirit of inquiry by examining current practice and identifying questions for study
  • Delivers care based on established policies and procedures
  • Provides nursing care that promotes and supports the physical, psychosocial, and spiritual well-being of clients and families
  • Advocates on behalf of the client/family to support quality outcomes of care
  • Interacts with members of the interdisciplinary care team and community providers as appropriate, to ensure an integrated approach to care
  • Participates in quality improvement activities to ensure the delivery of efficient and effective health care
  • Participates in risk management activities to ensure the maintenance of a safe healthy work environment
  • Utilizes the teaching/learning process to provide education, both formal and informal, to clients/families, colleagues, students and other professionals within the organization and the community
  • Supports the maintenance of a safe and healthy work environment and advances a culture of client/patient safety through work and daily practice


  • Utilizes research to establish and support evidenced-based practice
  • Shares new knowledge and best practices with colleagues and other professionals within the organization and the community
  • Participates in nursing research where applicable

Professional Development/Leadership

  • Demonstrates accountability for own nursing practice by adhering to established professional practice standards
  • Contributes to the development of professional nursing practice through participation and leadership in unit
  • Demonstrates a commitment to lifelong learning and continuous development of self by identifying learning needs and establishing annual goals and objectives
  • Maintains own knowledge, skills, and abilities through education, and training both in-house and in post-secondary institutions
  • Manages change in a constructive and appropriate manner
  • Ensures that nursing practice issues are addressed using appropriate lines of communication within the organization
  • In partnership with clients/families and the interdisciplinary team, provides client and family-centred care which is goal directed, evidence based and outcome oriented
  • Supports and respects the client/family’s rights to make decisions based on their own values, beliefs and experiences
  • Bases practice on established policies and procedures
  • Interacts with members of the interdisciplinary team and community providers to ensure an integrated approach to service
  • Communicates in a timely and effective manner


  • Currently registered with the College of Nurses of Ontario in the general class in the RN category acting under the required order and the direct control and supervision of a dentist or a physician, currently registered in Ontario
  • Current BCLS certificate – Basic Rescuer (CPR Level HCP)
  • Successful completion of a training program designed to produce competency in the specific modality of sedation and general anesthesia utilized is mandatory


  • Previous job related experience required


  • Current certificate of competence by the College of Nurses of Ontario
  • Membership in RNAO preferred

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