Bryan Baxley

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Trust is everything
Nurse anesthetist values his surgical patients’ trust

Few images in health care are more iconic than that of a surgery team saving the life of a patient. Bryan Baxley, a certified nurse anesthetist at Via Christi Hospital in Pittsburg, is an important part of that team as he prepares patients for their procedures and relieves their pain during it.

Baxley began his nursing career in Radiology, but he decided to make a change after a friend told him of the great opportunities in anesthesiology.

“I enrolled in the nurse anesthetist program at the University of Kansas Medical Center because I was attracted to the challenge and responsibility of that specialized kind of nursing,” Baxley says.

Nurse anesthetists must develop an anesthesia plan unique to each patient, taking into account things such as age, weight and medical conditions.

“To consent to be put under an anesthetic requires a rapport and deep level of trust between a nurse anesthetist and his or her patient, and I work hard to develop those elements in my patients by being a good listener,” says Baxley.

Baxley completed his nurse anesthetist training after just two short years, and the anesthesiology team at Via Christi Hospital in Pittsburg was so impressed with his dedication and skill that they offered him a spot on their team upon graduation. He’s worked at the hospital for the past six years.

“The thing I enjoy the most about working at Via Christi is that it's a ministry offering exceptional care, where the word of God is interwoven into everything we say and do.”
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Q&A with Bryan
I go the extra mile for my patients by…listening to their concerns and needs while developing the safest anesthesia plan possible.

Not many people know…I am a junk food addict.

One thing that makes for a great work day is…when all my patients have good outcomes. Then I celebrate with a candy bar!

The most important thing my patients have taught me is…the value of trust in the patient/health care provider relationship

I am inspired by…the sense of duty and sacrifice demonstrated daily by our men and women in the U.S. military.

One word that describes me is…determined. (My wife might say stubborn!)

I am most proud of…my family, hands down!

If I couldn’t be a nurse, I would be a…middle linebacker for the Pittsburgh Steelers.

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