As a certified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA), you can have much more control over your career today thanks to high demand for your skills. Whether you’re working independently or with a team of CRNAs led by a supervising anesthesiologist, you can have flexibility with salary, job location, and even a consolidated schedule if you’d like one. Here are three tips that can help you find the perfect CRNA job.
1. Consider working with a recruiter
Megan McAdams, a CRNA from Maryland, turned to CompHealth for help finding a better job. Her recruiter, Sean, asked what she was looking for in a job and a location and helped her refine her search to 12 hospitals in a 2-hour radius — which she then narrowed to 8 hospitals.
“Having eight single sheets of paper with all of the information I wanted in front of me and narrowing it down from the comfort of my own home after someone else did the work was such a stress relief,” Megan recalls. “I didn’t feel like I was being pressured to take a position that I didn’t want or contacting people I didn’t really want to deal with.”
Megan also liked having Sean set up interviews and phone calls for her, since her current work schedule was so tight.
“It’s very hard to be on your phone when you’re an anesthetist. You’re in the OR all day, and your breaks are truly eight minutes. You’re lucky if you get a lunch,” Megan says. “Companies don’t always realize that, and they don’t know why you can’t call them back or take a 10-minute phone call in the middle of the afternoon. Having someone else as the point person made my life a lot easier.”
2. Take a locum tenens CRNA job
If you want to experience different practice settings, visit new places, or simply want a change from your current job, you might enjoy the flexibility and adventure locum tenens offers.
Trent Sigler has been traveling as a locum tenens CRNA with CompHealth for a year. With many years of experience as a CRNA under his belt, Trent has most appreciated having new experiences in the operating room he wouldn’t get otherwise.
“When I started out as a locum, I was doing everything from regional blocks and assessments to in-room care to post-anesthesia care. You get that whole gambit, and most CRNAs don’t get that kind of experience,” he says. “You also see bigger issues like craniotomies and kidney transplants. My skills are really polished across the spectrum because I’m doing locums.”
Locum tenens assignments also appeal to Trent because he is entering the “twilight of his career,” as he puts it. Trying out different areas and hospitals allows him to scope out places where he and his wife, Lisa, can live permanently someday.
“We live in Texas as our permanent home, but my wife doesn’t want to retire in Texas,” Trent says. “When we come across that magic place where we would like to spend the rest of our days, that’s where we’ll jump off and stay. The plan is for her and I to travel around the country and see new places and new things.”
Taking temporary jobs also means relieving stress for other hospital staff members and earning a higher salary in many cases.
“These hospitals are short-handed and very much appreciate us coming in as locums. It helps them lift a load, and it’s nice to be appreciated and give somebody a hand for a period of time,” Trent expresses. “I have also chosen to work just 40 hours a week, and I do well. As a permanent employee before this, I worked more than I do now. I get paid more to work less.”
3. Work with a staffing company with deep CRNA experience
Now that you’ve heard what two of our CRNAs like about both permanent and temporary jobs, here are a few more benefits to working with CompHealth. Our CRNA teams have decades of staffing experience (since 1989!) as well as tenured relationships with many hospitals. This means we have the information you need about an opening, such as:
- How long a CRNA position has been open
- Whether there’s a lot of competition for the position
- The history of the hospital (including expansions and buy-outs) and the surrounding areas
- Other job opportunities in the same area that could be a good fit
- How much you should communicate with certain hospitals
- The facilities willing to negotiate (and the ones that aren’t)
For locum tenens CRNAs specifically, CompHealth also offers:
- The opportunity to work in many different settings and clinical environments
- Flexible scheduling (full-time work or occasional shifts)
- Full W-2 employee benefits
- Licensing services
As a CRNA, you have many different opportunities available that offer a happy and satisfying career — and CompHealth can help you find the CRNA job that best fits your interests and needs.
Whether you’re interested in traveling the country or simply want help finding a permanent position you love, our recruiters are ready to help you narrow your search. Call us at 888.212.0816 or view today’s CRNA jobs to get started.