Nurse Anesthetist

Nurse Anesthetist

Nurse Anesthetist Employment Opportunities

The following credentials are required to practice as a Nurse Anesthetist in the State of Ohio, and will be requested at the first employment interview:

  • Current RN license for the State of Ohio
  • Current Certificate of Authority for the State of Ohio
  • Current certification/re-certification from the Council on Certification of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists.


  • Nurse Anesthetist positions are salaried with opportunities for additional shifts.
  • Paid time off (PTO), including holidays and sick time, is provided at 33 days annually for employment years 1-5, 35 days for years 6-16, 38 days for years 16-24 and 40 days for 25 years or more.
  • Five professional meeting days with $3000 and under in educational allowance.
  • Flexible work schedules.
  • A flexible benefit package which features options for health insurance, dental insurance, prescription insurance, long term disability insurance, and life insurance. The life insurance core benefit is equal to twice the individual's annual salary.
  • Cleveland Clinic contributes to the pension plan (Account Balance Plan or ABP), with vesting after three years. A Savings and Investment Plan (SIP) is available for self-directed, tax-deferred investments. Cleveland Clinic will match 50% of the employee's first 6% contribution into SIP.
  • Malpractice insurance is paid through The Cleveland Clinic Foundation.
  • Ample CEU's are available within the Institute and Cleveland Clinic.
  • Tuition assistance $2000; five years $2500.
  • Opportunities to participate in didactic teaching with the School of Nurse Anesthesia are also available.

CRNA Practice at Cleveland Clinic

A variety of job opportunities are available to CRNAs at Cleveland Clinic. Job opportunities include, but are not limited to the following areas: Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology, General Anesthesiology, Pediatric Anesthesiology and Regional Practice.

Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology
Cleveland Clinic's Department of Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology provides anesthesia each year for more than 4,000 heart surgeries and 1,500 thoracic procedures. Surgical procedures performed in this area include, but are not limited to transplantation, congenital repairs and corrections, ventricular remodeling, dysrhythmia surgery, and thoracic aorta surgery.

General Anesthesia
The Department of General Anesthesiology provides comprehensive perioperative anesthesia services for all non-cardiac surgical procedures at Cleveland Clinic's main campus. The department practice features the anesthesia care team, including Staff Anesthesiologists, Nurse Anesthetists, Residents, and Student Nurse Anesthetists. Anesthetizing locations include 38 non-cardiac operating rooms, five pediatric non-cardiac operating rooms, four procedure rooms in the Crile Ambulatory Surgery Center, four procedure rooms in the Cole Eye Institute, Birthing Center, Endoscopy Suite, and the Interventional Radiology Suite. Over 36,000 anesthesia cases and over 100,000 anesthesia hours will be supported in these venues. The Department organization includes clinical direction of over 50 Post Anesthesia Care Unit beds and 18 Surgical Intensive Care Unit beds.

Regional Practice
Cleveland Clinic's Regional Practice of Anesthesia provides anesthesia, pain management and critical care medical services to community hospitals and ambulatory centers throughout Ohio. We are committed to bringing our world class anesthesia care to every patient we serve.

All anesthetic techniques are used by the anesthesia care team in our broad clinical practice. The Department is organized into subspecialty Sections, including the Sections of Anesthesia for: Acute Perioperative Care, Ambulatory Surgery, Cole Eye Institute, Colorectal Surgery, ENT Surgery, Urology Institute, General Surgery & Liver Transplantation, Minimally Invasive Surgery, Neurological Surgery, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Orthopedic Surgery, and Vascular Surgery.

CRNA Profiles

Jason Beedlow
Chief CRNA, Department of General Anesthesiology
Jason Beedlow, CRNA, MSN was appointed Chief CRNA in the Department of General Anesthesiology on Oct. 1, 2009. Mr. Beedlow attended Kent State University and was awarded a Bachelors of Science in Nursing. Upon graduation he practiced in the Cardiothoracic Intensive Care Units at Cleveland Clinic. In 2001 Mr. Beedlow graduated from Case Western Reserve University with a Masters of Science in Nursing and received his Certificate in Nurse Anesthesia from Cleveland Clinic. In addition to his managerial responsibilities, Mr. Beedlow remains an active practitioner in the Section of Urological Anesthesia. Mr. Beedlow also enjoys participating in the Cleveland Clinic School of Nurse Anesthesia as a clinical instructor and lecturer.

Brittany Irwin
Chief CRNA, Department of Pediatric Anesthesiology
In 1999, Brittany Irwin received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Case Western Reserve University. In 2004, she received a Master of Science in Nursing also from Case Western Reserve University, and a Certificate in Nurse Anesthesia from Cleveland Clinic. Brittany practiced in the Department of General Anesthesia from 2004 to 2006, and then joined the initiative to create a Department of Pediatric Anesthesiology. Brittany was named Chief Nurse Anesthetist in the Department of Pediatric Anesthesiology in March of 2007, and she remains very active in the anesthetic care of the pediatric patient. Additionally, Brittany is a member of the Advance Practice Nursing Council for the Cleveland Clinic, and serves as pediatric clinical coordinator for the Cleveland Clinic Nurse Anesthesia Program.

Joseph Piero
CRNA, Anesthesiology Institute Nursing Director

Carol Ratcliff
CRNA, Clinical Instructor
Carol Ratcliff received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Kent State University, and her certificate in Nurse Anesthesia from the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. After practicing in Akron for three years, Carol Ratcliff returned to Cleveland Clinic's main campus in 1986 to work in the Cardiothoracic department. In 1996 she began assuming some supervisory responsibilities for the CRNAs in the Cardiothoracic department, and in 2000 she became the department's first Chief CRNA. As a CRNA in the Cardiothoracic department she participates in the anesthesia care for all cardiac and thoracic procedures including transplants, aneurysms, complex redo operations, and esophageal and thoracic procedures. Her chief responsibilities include scheduling, orienting new employees, and liaison between CRNAs and other cardiac team members. Carol also participates in the clinical instruction and lecturing of the students in the Case Western Reserve University School of Nurse Anesthesia.

Professional Links

Respiratory Therapy

Respiratory Therapy

Respiratory Therapy Employment Opportunities

Find career opportunities at Cleveland Clinic Main Campus and Family Health Centers for registered and registry-eligible respiratory therapists. To apply, select the "Allied Health" category. This exciting opportunity can be found listed as "Respiratory Therapist – CT Anesthesia." A shortcut to job postings can be found by typing "Respiratory Therapist" or "CT Anesthesia" in the keyword search.


  • Competitive wages
  • A scope of practice built upon clinical autonomy
  • Clinical innovation in the Heart Center, ranked #1 in the United States by U.S. News & World Report
  • Six-week comprehensive orientation program
  • ICU experience
  • On-site CEUs
  • Meeting allowance for conferences
  • Variety of shift possibilities such as three 12-hour, four 10-hour or five 8-hour shifts/week with some self-scheduling options
  • Paid Time Off (PTO) combines vacation, holiday, personal and sick days
  • Flexible benefit package, with options for health, dental, vision and prescription coverage
  • Savings Investment Plan
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Pension plan

Contact Information

For additional information regarding employment opportunities and shadowing contact:

Brittany Conley, RRT, BS, MBA
Manager, CTA Respiratory Therapy
Cleveland Clinic 9500 Euclid Ave., Mail Code J4-331
Cleveland, OH 44195