It's good to ask these kinds of questions before signing contracts. Remember, there are thousands of jobs out there that are unfilled, so your husband (and you) can afford to be a little choosy.
First, you and your husband need to sit down together and make decisions about a variety of issues.
How many hours a week does he want to work?
Does he want to take call?
If so, how often?
Where do you want to live?
How much do you want to earn? (Salaries right now vary from $90,000 to $140,000, depending on location and need.)
Do you want to be in a large city, or a smaller town/rural area?
Next, decide how important the answers of each of these questions is, and where you would be willing to compromise. In other words, would you be willing to relocate elsewhere for a higher salary, or lower cost of living/ Would you be willing to accept a lower salary in return for a promise of no call and no more than 40 hours a week?
There are probably other considerations that are specific to you all as a couple. Hash these out, and get a firm idea of what you are looking for. Now go to the internet. Here is a good site to start out at:
Search for jobs that might match your desires. Many of the postings are from head hunters. There are a TON of those guys out there, and they can be helpful. But remember, they don't get paid until you sign a contract, so getting your husband placed in a position that they are advertising will be their first priority. Whether that position matches your desires will come a little further down the list, so be careful.
Most groups or hospitals that are advertising for CRNA's will pay for you and your husband to come to their location for a day or two to interview and look around. Take advantage of that. Get a feel for the areas you are looking at moving to. If you are working with a head hunter, sit down with potential employers, make sure both you and they understand what you are looking for, as well as what they are looking for.
You have a year. Most places that are waiting will be happy to wait that year for your husband to finish up. Now is the time to start looking. You won't feel rushed, and you will have time to find a job that is a good match for you and your husband.
Kevin McHugh, CRNA