Advanced Practice Providers

Find your home as an Advanced Practice Provider at UNM. Learn more below.

FAQs about Advanced Practice Providers (APPs)

APPs at UNM emphasize the team approach to patient care as defined by the American Society of Anesthesiologists. The members of the Anesthesia Care Team bring unique skills to the group and work synergistically to provide the best possible anesthesia care for the patient.
APPs are proficient in the use of contemporary patient monitoring and interpretation of data in all anesthesia care environments. The APP provides patient care that allows the supervising physician anesthesiologist to use his or her own medical education more efficiently and effectively.

Some duties include:

  • Obtain an appropriate and accurate pre-anesthetic health history, perform an appropriate physical examination, and record pertinent data in an organized and legible manner
  • Obtain diagnostic laboratory and related studies as appropriate, such as drawing arterial and venous blood samples and any other necessary patient fluids
  • Insert and interpret data from invasive monitoring modalities such as arterial lines, pulmonary artery catheterization, and central venous lines, as delegated by the supervising physician anesthesiologist
  • Administer anesthetic agents and controlled substances under the direction of a supervising physician anesthesiologist. This includes, but not limited to, administration of induction agents, maintaining and altering anesthesia levels, administering adjunctive treatment and providing continuity of anesthetic care into and during the post-operative recovery period
  • Establish and maintain appropriate airway management and provide appropriate ventilatory support
  • Evaluate and treat life-threatening situations, such as cardiopulmonary resuscitation, on the basis of established protocols (BLS, ACLS, and PALS)
Trauma, Burns, Orthopedics, General Surgery, Pediatrics, Urology including kidney transplants, Neurosurgery, Gynecology, ENT, Interventional Radiology including stroke patients, MRI, Gastrointestinal endoscopy.
APPs at UNM are able to work a number of different shifts including:
  • 6:45 am -3:15 pm
  • 6:45 am -5:15 pm
  • 6:45 am -7:15 pm
  • 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • 3:00 pm - 11:00 pm

The department also staffs 1 APP 7:00 pm - 7:00 am Sunday nights.

All shifts are scheduled to fill a 40 hour work week. Examples include: (4) ten hour shifts, (2) eight hour and (2) twelve hour shifts, or (5) eight hour shifts.

APPs work as part of the Anesthesia Care Team with all the anesthesiologists in the department. They also work closely with nurses-preoperative and postoperative, ICU, circulating, etc. APPs are in constant communication with surgeons, surgical residents, and fellows. APPs assist and are assisted by anesthesia residents and fellows.
APPs at UNM receive a generous annual stipend of $3,000.00 to be used for attending conferences or online training courses, maintaining certification in BLS/ACLS/PALS, and purchasing current textbooks. Recently, the UNM BATCAVE simulation lab creative a Perioperative Crisis Management course specifically for APPs.