Future looks bleak for CRNAs - page 2

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  1. by   chacha82
    I don't think the future will be bleak for CRNAs; I agree with previous posters that it may be difficult to land a job in the exact facility/city people desire. Less than 2 hours from where I live there are MANY openings for NP and CRNA, however some people would not want to move to a more landlocked area. It also is not as easy to get into CRNA school as some people think; historically the programs are extremely demanding, so you also have less people finishing these programs than BSN school. The programs are also very expensive, so you have to borrow quite a bit of money or work for several years to augment your savings.
  2. by   ICUman
    As a new grad RN a year and a half ago, a group of us attended a meeting with our CNO.

    One grad asked if our hospital uses CRNA's. She replied, "Not at this time, however, we will not be renewing the anesthesiologist contract when it expires in a few years. We will then utilize CRNA's as anesthesia providers. You will find this is a growing trend in coming years due to cost effectiveness."

    So I found that pretty interesting. Comes down to cost cutting and that almighty dollar, apparently. Especially these days. However it will be interesting to see the pushback from anesthesiologist groups.

    Overall I think CRNA's have fine job prospects. Because they protect barrier to entry with high standards. Unlike NP's. If you want to see a profession more in danger of saturation look at them. Same thing happened to lawyers.
  3. by   NRSKarenRN
    Future looks BRIGHT according to US Gov. Bureau of Labor Statistics
    Posted: Thursday, December 17, 2015

    Nurse Anesthetists, Nurse Midwives, and Nurse Practitioners

    Job Outlook

    Employment of nurse anesthetists, nurse midwives, and nurse practitioners is projected to grow 31 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations. Growth will occur primarily because of the effects of healthcare legislation, an increased emphasis on preventive care, and demand for healthcare services from the large, aging baby-boom population as they live longer and more active lives than previous generations.
    CRNA # employed 2014: 38,200
    CRNA # projected 2024: 45,600
    Average age of CRNA = 48.5% 1/2 to retire in next 10-15 years.
    Last edit by NRSKarenRN on Apr 11
  4. by   foggnm
    Highly unlikely.
  5. by   Bluebolt
    Quote from NRSKarenRN
    Future looks BRIGHT according to US Gov. Bureau of Labor Statistics
    Posted: Thursday, December 17, 2015

    Nurse Anesthetists, Nurse Midwives, and Nurse Practitioners



    CRNA # employed 2014: 38,200
    CRNA # projected 2024: 45,600
    Average age of CRNA = 48.5% 1/2 to retire in next 10-15 years.
    Wow, great to see some objective data so we can drop such a ridiculous thread. I've never heard anyone realistically theorize that the future is grim for CRNAs when for years the data has shown the exact opposite. The affordable healthcare train has left the station, all aboard.
  6. by   jfratian
    Not to downplay your argument, because I think the premise is largely correct, but the experience and education the CRNA profession requires (7 years of total school plus at least 1-2 years of RN experience) really only lends itself to roughly 30 working years. 50% to retire in 15 years isn't an really impressive stat; seems like an even distribution of workers across the age spectrum to me.
  7. by   RainMom
    During my 2 years in Pacu, we have been short on both CRNAs & anesthesiologists. We have as many locums as we do regular staff. Just hired 3 new grads but now we have new surgeons coming & need more. We are rural but within a few hrs of a couple major cities.
  8. by   CrunchRN
    TX Bon just released in their last newsletter projections for the next decade and it showed a shortage of CRNA's and RN's, but a surplus of LPN's. Who knows if they are right, but it is probably as accurate as any other predictor.
  9. by   offlabel
    Quote from superking
    I am a BSN student and aspire to be a CRNA. But this news has scared me
    Better pick something else then.
  10. by   llg
    Quote from superking
    I am a BSN student and aspire to be a CRNA. But now I am scared of the future ...
    Pick a career path that fits your talents and preferences. The predicted job growth over the next couple of decades is only 1 aspect of what will be YOUR personal future. The top-notch people in any specialty tend to survive when there is an economic downtown or in the face of competition.

    Pick something you love and are good at. Work hard to be considered among the best. Be flexible about where you work and your exact job situation. Most people (in any specialty) will do fine if they do those things. That's all anyone can do to prepare for a future that is always unknowable.

    There are no guarantees for anyone or any specialties.
  11. by   superking
    Thanks guys for clearing the issue.I am a foreign medical graduate trying to make my Anesthesiology career in USA.My USMLE scores are in the average range so that to be on safe side,I decided to pursue CRNA route.I will try my level best to be successful. Rest is on Higher powers.Thank you again.Appreciated
  12. by   msufan3710
    Superking, first rule of research- use current data. Things change drastically with time. Plus there is A LOT of current literature to refute this article.
  13. by   superking
    Yes.You are true.Current data is different.Like I was reading 2012 Merrit Hawkins Review that said CRNA salary surpassed Primary care physician salaries. BUT currently that's not true.Family physicians and pediatricians jobs start at 225k average while Crna starts at 160k .

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