Top Paying Nursing Jobs Part 1 - Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA)
Congratulations! You Graduated From Nursing School. Now What?
You need to choose a specialty, get licensed or certified, and perform an internship or on-the-job training. By 2020, the demand for registered nurses is expected to grow by 21%, but there will not be enough nurses to fill the 500,000 jobs expected to be created.
Each week we will feature one of the 10 highest paying jobs along with information on that occupation.
Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) - Average Pay - $160,000:
On average, certified registered nurse anesthetists in the U.S. make $160,000 annually, but CRNAs in some states make much more, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
CRNAs in Montana earn the highest average salary of CRNAs in the U.S. at $243,550. New Hampshire came in second at $217,560 followed by Wyoming, Wisconsin and California.
What They Do:
A CRNA may administer anesthesia to patients in many medical fields and work with doctors and dentists. They conduct the pre-operative interview, prepare, administer and monitor anesthesia, and oversee the patient’s recovery from anesthesia. They help patients cope with pain before, during and after surgery. CRNA’s receive professional respect and have a high level of autonomy, but also a high degree of responsibility.
Who Is Best Suited For This Profession:
CRNAs must have good judgment, hand-eye coordination, a good bedside manner, and the ability to make patients feel at ease. In addition, they need to have good communication skills, and be able to work as part of a team. They need to be able to handle stress as they will be required to make accurate decisions in emergency situations.
Besides obtaining a bachelors in nursing, they need to possess an RN license and have one year’s experience in acute care nursing, before being admitted to the CRNA program which may take 24-36 months including classroom and clinical experience.
This is a high demand field, especially in rural areas and inner cities. The need coincides with CRNA being the highest paid specialty of all nurses. Nearly half of nurse anesthetists are men, in contrast to under 10% men in nursing as a whole. In about two thirds of rural hospitals in the United States, CRNAs are the sole providers of anesthesia, and in about 10% of health care facilities nationwide they provide 100% of the anesthesia.
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