Nurse Anesthetist Shortage - page 2

This is an article that was in my inbox this afternoon guys. Brett Nurse anesthetists in short supply Nurse anesthetists in short supply Despite the lure of six-figure salaries,... Read More

  1. by   meandragonbrett
    Anesthesia schools have always been very hard to get into. UT only takes 12 students each year.

    Brett
  2. by   jfpruitt
    I'm scared I'll never get in!! My GPA is about a 3.2 now!!
  3. by   meandragonbrett
    It's ok jenn. Work harder and gain experience doing things and just make youself be the best candidate possible. You can do it! Keep up the studying!

    Brett
    Last edit by meandragonbrett on Jun 3, '02
  4. by   jfpruitt
    Well, I graduated with a BS in Biology with a 3.5, but then when I started my RN, it dropped to 3.2 mainly b/c I got 2 B's in an 8 hour course. However, an A at my school is impossible b/c we are on "honors" scale! I hope the CRNA programs consider that in my admission. Plus, I took some very hard upper level courses also. Plus, I work FT and go to school FT. When I graduate, I'm planning on doing alot of extra work and gain some good referrals from the hospital here. Thats my hope at least!
  5. by   ma kettle
    I surprised that if there are demands for CRNAs that more hospitals don't open more schools. There is money to be made on their part for each paying student. Also, you would think that the hospital then would be able to romance a perspective graduating students of their choice.
    I kinda agree with the comment above. When I graduated from school. They were hiring anyone with white shoes. Then about three years later, they were actually laying off and offering early retirements. Now again they claim they are short. But I feel like everything else there are pendulums. They swing. So I am hopeful that I will get into school and graduate in the time frame that allows for a good choice of jobs and pays. But I cannot help be a little sceptical.. Anyone else?
    PS. For all those heading off to school this fall and this summer, the anticipation must be exciting, like waiting for Santa Claus...lol
    Cheers all
    Sandy
  6. by   kimberlydrn
    I know someone that got into a program with a 2.98. The key was having good ICU experience, scoring well on his GRE, and interviewing well. The interview is most important. Make sure you have a good knowledge base of all of the drips we administer in the ICU and how they work at the cellular level. I'm working on preparing for my CCRN right now. Supposedly that really helps too, although he got in without it.
  7. by   MagicalThinking
    wow...love this article. i want to be a CRNA so it gives me hope...anyway i'm moving back to NYC in august, but where i am right now in SC i've heard that MUSC is being a little more lenient than a lot of schools because not that many people are applying to the anesthesia program. they said this year was relatively easy...well as easy as it can get...the minimum GPA was a 3.5 and usually i think its a 3.7 ? ... from what i hear they lowered it because there weren't enough applicants to fill the program. so to anyone having a hard time getting in you might want to consider moving to Charleston, SC for a few years
  8. by   schway
    I'd have to agree with you about MUSC, I don't think they are attracting as strong of an applicant pool. They have a new director who has had some obstacles to overcome, but I think in a few years(w/o any major setbacks) the program will be solid....
  9. by   Nitecap
    NOt sure but i think that article is pretty old have def. read it a few times. AS far as supply and demand evening out. Im sure eventually it will as all professions do but here are a few things to ponder.

    -21% of CRNA's are ages 50-54
    -15% are 55-59
    this means that in the next 15-20 years we loose 36% of the CRNA work force. New Programs have opened up and established programs have increased their numbers to combat this.

    as well the US has a growth rate of approx. 1% per year. (12% new peeps, 11% die) That means that in 25 years we will have about 80 million more peeps. The US population is expected to grow by even more. SO where there is peopel there are pts, and where there are pts there are jobs. Yeah when the baby boomers die off all markets will be effected but this country is not by far shrinking
  10. by   subee
    Quote from ma kettle
    I surprised that if there are demands for CRNAs that more hospitals don't open more schools. There is money to be made on their part for each paying student. Also, you would think that the hospital then would be able to romance a perspective graduating students of their choice.
    I kinda agree with the comment above. When I graduated from school. They were hiring anyone with white shoes. Then about three years later, they were actually laying off and offering early retirements. Now again they claim they are short. But I feel like everything else there are pendulums. They swing. So I am hopeful that I will get into school and graduate in the time frame that allows for a good choice of jobs and pays. But I cannot help be a little sceptical.. Anyone else?
    PS. For all those heading off to school this fall and this summer, the anticipation must be exciting, like waiting for Santa Claus...lol
    Cheers all
    Sandy
    And where will the teachers come from?
  11. by   Ekklesia
    Quote from meandragonbrett

    Nurse anesthetists in short supply

    It's not that there isn't interest in joining the field. The 85 nurse anesthetist graduate programs around the country report having to turn away students because they are full.
    Umm, how can there be a shortage if...

    "On average, there's about 23 qualified applicants for every open position," says Betty Horton with the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists.
  12. by   Nitecap
    Quote from Gaylord Focker
    Umm, how can there be a shortage if...




    1- Limited spots
    2-Limited instructors
    3-Limited clinical sites
    4-Soon will have more CRNA's retiring than graduating
    5-MOre facilties, out pt surgery centers popping up all over the place
    6-More people living longer and enduring more medical problems
    7-New and different inovative procedures created everyday
    8-Exanded role during non operative procedures = MAC cases for radiology, cardiology, GI, GU.
  13. by   Ekklesia
    Quote from Nitecap
    1- Limited spots
    2-Limited instructors
    3-Limited clinical sites
    4-Soon will have more CRNA's retiring than graduating
    5-MOre facilties, out pt surgery centers popping up all over the place
    6-More people living longer and enduring more medical problems
    7-New and different inovative procedures created everyday
    8-Exanded role during non operative procedures = MAC cases for radiology, cardiology, GI, GU.
    I understand that.

    I am questioning what the article says:

    "'On average, there's about 23 qualified applicants for every open position,'" says Betty Horton with the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists."

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