What Makes A CRNA Locum Lifestyle So Attractive?

by
Bhairavi KS
December 10, 2021

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Did you know that job opportunities for advanced nurse practitioners such as CRNA are likely to grow a whopping 31 percent by 2024, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics? A variety of factors including an increased focus on preventive care, healthcare legislation, and a growing aging population are considered to be responsible for this trend. However, a career as a locum CRNA has its own perks too. Let’s try and understand what makes a CRNA locum lifestyle so attractive. Here are some benefits of taking up CRNA locum lifestyle jobs:

A great career option

Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) are advanced practice nurses who have completed their master's and doctorate level education. They enjoy a great deal of respect and professional autonomy, as they provide anesthetics to patients in every type of clinical setting and for every medical procedure, including surgical cases such as OB, heart surgery, general surgery, ambulatory surgery centers, and plastic surgery. CRNAs provide anesthesia in almost all rural hospitals, and more importantly, they are the main anesthesia providers for men and women serving in the US Defense. 

It is a highly rewarding career that offers advanced nurse practitioners the freedom to travel. CRNAs are paid handsomely and gain experience in a wide range of clinical settings with assignments that can last a week or several years. It is important to understand the environment you are considering to find the right fit for you.

A vast range of opportunities

Being a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist opens up many employment possibilities!

CRNAs benefit from a wide variety of rewarding locum opportunities depending on the parts of the country they would like to explore.  Whether you are looking for sunny days on the beach, time in the mountains, a southern flair, or fireflies in the Midwest, CRNA locum opportunities abound. If you’re interested in pursuing this career path, take some time to talk to recruiters like us. We could walk you through all of your options and help you get started on the path that is best suited to your skills and personal preferences.

CRNAs can even negotiate their schedule with recruiters who can help them find assignments that are perfect for their skill sets and preferred lifestyle choices.

Great income potential

According to the Melnic @DirectShifts Salary Guide, CRNAs get paid an average salary of $184,000 - a lot more than other advanced practice nurses. They can also amplify their earning potential by signing up for locum tenens assignments that pay by the hour. As locum CRNAs, they will receive additional pay for overtime hours and working on holidays, since they are independent contractors. They will also have the chance to work in well-equipped facilities with free housing as well as reimbursement for travel costs and medical licensure assistance.

A good work-life balance

One of the greatest advantages of being a CRNA locum tenens is that you get to experience many different types of hospital and ambulatory settings, learn from talented colleagues and grow in your career simultaneously. The flexibility of being a contract employee for specialty facilities across the country helps nurse anesthetists make time for family and personal pursuits.

If you’re actively looking for CRNA locum jobs, get in touch with us. We’d love to take you through the various CRNA opportunities available on our platform. Searching for locum opportunities on DirectShifts is a breeze as our team does all the heavy lifting to ensure that your recruitment and onboarding are quick and smooth.

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