Navy CRNA?

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    Does anyone know details of practicing anesthesia in the Navy? Is a civilian in a regular anesthesia program able to sign up to receive benefits during school? Do most Navy CRNAs practice in the US naval hospitals/ships, or are they also at war in Iraq? Thanks for any info!
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    Quote from jjrn
    do most navy crnas practice in the us naval hospitals/ships, or are they also at war in iraq? thanks for any info!
    can't answer most of your question, not involved with the navy. however, i would like to mention in may 2003, at the height of the military effort in iraq, 364 crnas and 77 anesthesiologists were deployed as part of operation iraqi freedom. aana website.

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    Thank you for your effort in answering. I explored the bios of CRNAs list on aana.com, and although I am sure it is not an adequate sampling, I found that of the 76 individuals listed, only 8 are Navy. The largest population is Army, and next Air Force. Where are the Navy CRNAs working? Where can I find the best info on this option? The navy website is not very detailed, and at this point I am interested in talking to someone in the profession, not really a recruiter. A good friend is completing dentistry school and will soon start serving his commitment in the Navy. It seems like a great opportunity because he will first be in San Deigo, and the locations following seem very appealing. Bethesda, Italy, Virginia, Florida, and a ship for a little while. Although, I am sure anesthesia service is in much greater demand, so where are they assigned? What is the time commitment? What are the benefits?
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    I am all ears on this discussion.............Anyone?
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    OK,

    I asked an O-6 Navy MDA who is working with us a while. This is his understanding of the Navy CRNA situation:

    The Navy sends people to either Georgetown or USHSUs (both in the DC area).
    I'm not sure if they send new assessions to school (like the Army) or only people who are already in (like the AF and Army). If you already have your CRNA from an outside school, you will not be allowed to practice as a CRNA...only as a nurse manager or appropriate advanced-degree position. He thinks that this is silly, but has been told that they want to train them the "Navy way."

    CRNAs practice in the Navy everywhere they have facilities (large and small hospitals, and aboard ships).

    Hope this helps...
    Dave
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    Quote from JJRN
    Does anyone know details of practicing anesthesia in the Navy? Is a civilian in a regular anesthesia program able to sign up to receive benefits during school? Do most Navy CRNAs practice in the US naval hospitals/ships, or are they also at war in Iraq? Thanks for any info!

    I'm a Naval Reservist and I have actually looked into what the Navy could provide for a SRNA. If you want to attend CRNA school and have the Navy pick up the tab, you have to go active duty and you have to go to there school. Keep in mind that you have to apply to their school just like you would in civilian life. Another fact is that you are paid, usually, by your rank. So you would make less as a CRNA with the Navy than in the real world.

    As a reservist there is a program that will provide you with appox. $800-900/month plus your monthly drill pay. For each year you use this you owe the Navy 2 additional years in the reserves. Hope this helps.


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