"While there is currently a shortage of CRNAs, the demand for anesthetic services is growing and the shortage is projected to be greater by 2010 unless significantly more CRNAs are graduated each year. About 1000 nurse aesthesis graduate annually. There are approximately 28,000 practicing CRNAs, a shortage of at least 2000. The most recent information suggests a shortage of over 160 CRNAs in Alabama alone. By 2010 the shortage is predicted to be 6000 nationwide" http://bhpr.hrsa.gov/nursing/AENabstracts.htm
"In 1990, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services published findings indicating a national shortage of almost 5,400 nurse anesthetists. The study concluded that nurse anesthesia educational programs would need to produce between 1,500 and 1,800 graduates annually to meet societal nurse anesthesia demands by the year 2010. Nevertheless, only about 1,000 nurse anesthesia students graduate annually"
"CRNA vacancies up. The number of nurse anesthetist vacancies increased 250% from 1998-2001 according to CRNA managers' surveys. Health professions staffing firms report CRNA recruitment rising by up to ten-fold from 1997-2000, making nurse anesthesia the second-most recruited health professional specialty.
Baby boom retirement impact. As the number of Medicare-eligible Americans climbs, it compounds the number of surgical procedures requiring anesthetics. Indeed, among those retiring Americans are CRNAs themselves. One in seven CRNAs intends to retire within five years, and one-third within ten years.
Faculty incentives help. Some 1,075 CRNAs graduated from accredited CRNA schools in 2000, up 15% since 1997, but well short of market demand. Increasing the number of CRNA faculty through nurse education faculty incentives would help boost the capacity of CRNA schools to graduate more nurse anesthetists"
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