Per diem/Part time CRNA positions?

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by icuRNmia icuRNmia Member Nurse

Specializes in Pediatric CICU. Has 6 years experience.

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BCRNA

BCRNA

255 Posts

I work two 12 hour shifts, love it. Have five days a week off. Does anyone really believe that working two 12s instead of three 12s will make someone incompetent or prevent them from getting experience? And once a neurosurgeon is trained they could easily work part time and maintain competence. I can do every type of anesthesia except cardiac, thats just because I have never chosen to do it. I say go for it and work part time, just don't bring it up in program interviews ( they will never bring this up).

ruler of kolob

ruler of kolob

121 Posts

So. what EXACTLY is the magic number of hours a week a CRNA should work before you will let them put you to sleep? 8? 12?

BCRNA

BCRNA

255 Posts

If a crna is already competent, just 8 hours a week can maintain competence. Do you think all surgeons actually perform surgery for 40 hours? Physicians have office hours and see patients. Depending on their specialty and practice size they can do 10 to 40 hours of surgery per week. In small cities it is possible a general surgeon has only one 8 hour scheduled day for surgery. Academics maintain competence with just one shift per week. It is not a matter of hours per week, but personal competence and innate ability. I have coworkers who say it feels awkward to take a few weeks off and to return to work. I have taken a month off and returned to work with absolutely no problem.

MommyandRN

MommyandRN

Specializes in ICU, OR. Has 12 years experience. 342 Posts

Yes, I work in a large hospital and work with both part time and per diem CRNAs. Some hold 2 per diem jobs at 2 different places.