Trends in CRNA Compensations in Future - page 2

by Manurse715

With the changes in the financial aspects of healthcare that Obama is instigating, what will the trends be in CRNA salaries? Will hospitals and anesthesia groups seek to employ more CRNA's vs MD's as the cost is less?... Read More


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    Quote from ItsTheDude
    makes sense, no reason for a nurse with a master degree (what most crna's are) to start at $125,000 (that's the avg starting salary).
    1) Yes, most CRNAs graduate with Master's degree. What you seem to fail to realize is that CRNAs in general do about the double the course of other Master degree programs. That includes NPs and CNS or about triple for a Master's in Liberal Arts.

    2) Market dictates salaries. Every professional organization is predicting with increased insurance coverage there is going to be increased demand for anesthesia/medical services.

    3) Most nurses can't/don't want to (of all the people that say they want to be CRNAs very few of them have the motivation to stick it out for the 10yrs on average it takes to become a CRNA) do what CRNAs do, so for the foreseeable future there are always going to be more of need for CRNAs than there are CRNAs.

    4) Next time your anesthesia provider does yours or your family members anesthesia and keeps them alive while the surgeon does things that would otherwise kill them why don't you tell them, I think you make too much.

    5) Instead knocking the potential salary that CRNAs can make why don't you just be happy there is niche that RNs can train into that pays extremely well.

    6) CRNA salaries are barely a drop in the bucket. You could cut every CRNA salary in half in the entire country and it still wouldn't change anything except the hospitals bottom line.
    2011NursingStudent, MBARN, RN789, and 3 others like this.
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    Quote from Manurse715
    With the changes in the financial aspects of healthcare that Obama is instigating, what will the trends be in CRNA salaries? Will hospitals and anesthesia groups seek to employ more CRNA's vs MD's as the cost is less?
    There are many forces at work in health professional reimbursement, some of which having nothing to do with health care reform. I just read a very interesting article about the number of physicians that have left private practice to become employeed by a health care system over the past 2 years. It is shocking how fast that has changed and it has changed prior to health care reform. Now large numbers of physicians are choosing to be emplyed rather than go into private practice, something close to 50% of cardiologists now work for a health system. There are other reports of large anesthesia groups loosing contracts with a hospital and another 'out of town' group being brought in to cover the anesthesia services. Often CRNAs are utilized to a greater extent by the new group. There are some regions of the US that don't utilize CRNAs to any significant degree, if CRNAs begin to be utilized in these areas the demand for CRNAs can change quickly.

    I think financial pressures that are already playing a role, and the increase in patient demand that will be created by health care reform will increase demand for CRNAs. More CRNAs are graduating so there will be people able to meet the demand so the profession will grow. I don't think salaries will grow much, but will stay steady. It will be interesting to see how it all unfolds.

    CRNAs need to be informed and realize they need to do more than go to the OR every day. Stay or become involved in your local, state, and national organizations. It takes extra time but is absolutely essential.
    memememe likes this.
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    From what I've seen CRNA salaries have already begun to level off. They are no longer on the sharp rise that they have been in the last 10-15 years. I believe the supply is starting to get met and with the increased curiosity of nursing students with anesthesia along with the bad economy those that have been working in the ICU's for years and happy are now looking for another way to make more money - nursing anesthesia.

    And I do agree with what loveanesthesia stated, I think current CRNA's need to uphold the profession, fight for what they want, and follow through. From what I've seen (which isn't a great deal) CRNA's seem to be a small, tight-knit group, who (largely) are on the same page about healthcare. They have a small, but loud voice and haven't yet begun to use it effectively - especially when you see these polls by the AANA and only 40-60% of CRNA's respond; we need 90-95% to respond.
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    Your salary should be dictated by what amount someone is willing to pay for your services....not some politician sitting in a desk somewhere. This is a perfect illustration of the problems that occur when government gets too big. when the market is over-regulated, the control gets taken out of the providers hands and placed in the hands of big government.


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