You mentioned something that the CRNA market would be flooded (sorry I can’t remember exactly). I’m applying for nursing programs right now and frequently talk to new students on my own campus that are planning on becoming nurse anesthetists.
The number of students that I talk to kind of discourages me since it seems that there is a lot of them and I feel that by the time I am a CRNA the market will be flooded and there wont be many positions available. Is this true?
Will there be any positions available say 7 years from now? Would it still be wise to continue with what I want to do or should I seek a new career. My thought is to stay but I need an opinion from someone who really knows their stuff. Thank you for any replies.
Comments for Is the market for CRNAs flooded?
Jan 17, 2011
Just Do it!!
I understand your concern. Nurse Anesthesia is a growing field and can be very intimidating (a little less intimidating with Joy’s help). Since you are at the beginning of your career as a nursing student, you have an immense advantage. Right now you have the power to be as competitve an applicant as you want! You do not need to go back and take any other classes that you did not do well in. You have the opportunity to make choices.
Go to an affordable nursing school so that you won’t be put in debt and price will not restrict you when you go to apply to graduate school. Plan your classes accordingly. Go above and beyond. Try to take organic chemistry if you can stomach it. It will not only prepare you for graduate school, but it will also make you a more competitve applicant. No one said it is going to be easy. Don’t let the hard classes discourage you. It’s a long road but I believe the career and job satisfaction will be well worth your time and effort.
Try to shadow a CRNA in different settings. I believe this is a key factor in deciding if this career is for you.
I hope this helps!
Jan 17, 2011
The market for CRNAs is not flooded
I’m not sure that I mentioned the market being flooded. You may have heard that somewhere else.
You’ve met many others who want to become a CRNA? It may seem like a lot of people, but keep in mind that people who have dreams and goals don’t always end up reaching them. It’s a little sad, but it’s the truth.
Also, it may help to see the bigger picture of the health care industry. There are several factors that come together and make nurse anesthesia a great career choice for the next 20 years or so.
The baby boomers are between the ages of 46 and 64 this year (2010). Keep in mind that this generation has completely dominated the economy since their birth in 1946 (9 months after WWII ended).
Their impact on health care will be no less dramatic than it was on the toy industry, the music industry, and the housing market.
The baby boomers are just now beginning to heavily impact health care (have you heard of the nursing shortage?), and their presence in hospitals will only continue to increase.
Another factor to consider is that CRNAs, like people in any other profession,continue to retire. So for every one person retiring, there needs to be at least one person (more like three or four because of the baby boomers) to replace them.
Also note that more and more hospitals are hiring nurse anesthetists (CRNAs) rather than anesthesiologists (MDs) because they are so much more cost effective!
There are currently not enough nurse anesthetist schools to keep up with the high demand for CRNAs. Several new schools are popping up each year in order to keep up with the high demand.
Most nurse anesthesia schools have a100% hire rate within 6 months of graduation. That’s not because all of the schools are so great, it’s because hospitals are so desperate for CRNAs.
If this isn’t true in your state, it’s most likely that there are several CRNA schools clustered together and the hospitals in that immediate area are flooded with new CRNA grads. Nationwide, however, there is definitely a shortage.
Last point is that the CRNA will soon need a doctorate degree in nursing(read this article if you have any questions about the DNP). Every time the requirement for something increase, there are fewer people who are willing to jump through the extra hoop, therefore your competition goes down.