Anaesthesia Provider
Summary:  Provide independent anesthetic care (without the supervision of another medical doctor) to patients undergoing surgical and diagnostic procedures as well as occasionally manage patients in the Intensive Care Unit.

Not expected to be available until August 2019. However, it is open for re-applications from those who have been offered dates for the Guinea Field Service as communicated by the Staffing team.  New applications for this position will be reviewed for our Talent Pool (waiting list).

Caring for our patients before, during, and after surgery is the main concern of our anaesthesia team. We aim to provide the best possible care to patients and this team is a key element to making sure surgeries are successful. 

The Anaesthesia Provider volunteer position, part of the Hospital, will be located on the Africa Mercy, the world's largest non-governmental hospital ship. The preferred minimum time commitment for this role is two weeks. We recommend all interested applicants to submit an application at least six months in advance of your target service date. Commitments longer than ten months require successful completion of Mercy Ships On Boarding Program.

Qualifications Required:

  • Consultant, Board Certified Anaesthesiologist, Registrar level anasesthesia provider, or Certified Registered Nurse Anaesthetist (CRNA)
  • Minimum five years experience (including anaesthesia training) is desirable
  • Proficiency in spinal anaesthesia, ultrasound-guided regional anaesthesia, paediatric anaesthesia, difficult airway management (including awake fiber-optic intubations), and management of patients in intensive care is desirable 
  • Demonstrate organizational & management skills
  • Excellent communication skills (written and verbal)
  • Fluent in English

Special Guidance for CRNAs:

  • Mercy Ships is a remote environment where supervision by a physician anesthesiologist cannot be guaranteed at all times. Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists wishing to work as an Anesthesia Provider must understand and agree to work in this situation and be able to take full responsibility for their actions
  • Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNA's) therefore must be prepared to work without medical supervision, including on call responsibilities. These responsibilities may include caring for infants and patients with difficult airways in the operating room, as well as caring for critically ill patients in the ICU
  • CRNA's serving for the first time are expected to apply for an Anesthetic Assistant position in order to assess their comfort and skill level before being accepted to serve as an Anesthesia Provider


Questions about this information? Send us an email! Our recruiter would love to answer any questions you may have. You can reach Alyssa Rowe at [email protected].