Join us as we celebrate the nearly 53,000 certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNAs) and student registered nurse anesthetists (SRNAs) across the United States during National CRNA Week, January 20-26, 2019. These highly-skilled, caring professionals provide comfort for patients who are at vulnerable points in their lives, and they have been doing so in the United States for more than 150 years – since the Civil War!
The American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) established National CRNA Week in 2000 to recognize CRNAs and SRNAs and to “help patients, hospital administrators, healthcare professionals, policymakers, and others become more familiar with the CRNA credential and the exceptional advanced practice registered nurses who have earned it.” The theme for this year is The Future of Anesthesia Care Today.
Why We Love CRNAs
CRNAs play a vital role in patient care. They are regarded as extremely valuable healthcare professionals because they:
- Provide safe, cost-effective pain management for patients
- Offer highly-specialized skills and extensive training
- Remain with their patients during the entire procedure
- Monitor vital signs and administer anesthetic pain management
- Care for patients in underserved rural and urban communities
- Practice in military, public health, Indian Health Services, and Veterans Affairs
- Provide pain management for a range of procedures including orthopedic, cardiac, oral, podiatric, obstetric, emergency care, and more!
CRNAs are in Demand and are Well-Compensated
If you’re a CRNA or SRNA, you’re in demand! The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports the demand for CRNAs will grow 31% between 2016 and 2026. This job growth is much faster than the average outlook across other careers in the United States, and it is partially driven by increased demand for healthcare for the aging population.
As for compensation, CRNAs are financially well-rewarded with a median annual wage of $165,000 and the highest 10 percent earning more than $180,460 in 2017 as reported by the BLS. This is due to the great deal of autonomy and significant responsibility associated with the role as well as the extensive skillset and education. CRNAs must have at minimum, a CRNA accreditation, a registered professional nurse and/or APRN license, and a master’s degree from a nurse anesthesia program and bachelor’s degree in nursing or other related major (including an average of 9,369 hours of clinical experience) according to AANA. Beginning in 2022, all students beginning a CRNA program must be enrolled in a doctorate program.
MDA Referral Bonus and Giveaway to Celebrate CRNAs
To honor our valued CRNAs who are all dedicated to keeping patients across the country pain-free, we’re offering a painless way to put more money in your pockets with a $1,000 referral bonus. If you know a fellow CRNA looking for exciting new job opportunities, refer them to MDA during our year-long “Refer-a-CRNA” program. To learn more, email April Hawthorne at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 800.780.3500, ext. 52168.
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From all of us at Medical Doctor Associates, we thank CRNAs across the country for your commitment to patient safety and comfort!