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Nurse Anesthetists in California

May also be called: Advanced Practice Nurses (APN); Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRN); and Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNA)

What Would I Do?

Nurse Anesthetists are registered nurses with specialized education who provide anesthesia services. In California, Nurse Anesthetists may give anesthesia without a physician’s in-person supervision.

Nurse Anesthetists work in clean, well-lit medical settings from large medical centers to small community hospitals. They also work in outpatient surgery centers, pain clinics, and physicians’ offices. They are the main providers of anesthesia in rural hospitals and in combat war zones. Nurse Anesthetists work day, evening, and night shifts, as well as on call.

Will This Job Fit Me?

This job may appeal to those who enjoy working with ideas and activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.

What Wages and Benefits Can I Expect?

The median wage in 2020 for Nurse Anesthetists in California is $0 annually. The median is the point at which half of the workers earn more and half earn less.

Annual Wages for 2020Low
(25th percentile)
Median
(50th percentile)
High
(75th percentile)
California>$145,600>$145,600>$145,600
Source: EDD/LMID Occupational Employment Statistics Survey, 2020 Wages do not reflect self-employment.
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Benefits generally include medical, dental, life, and vision insurance, as well as vacation, sick leave, and retirement benefits. Employers may also provide educational tuition reimbursement and shift differential pay for evening or night shifts. Some employers cover malpractice insurance.

What is the Job Outlook?

Employment growth for Nurse Anesthetists will be strong primarily because of the effects of healthcare legislation, an increased emphasis on preventative care, and the demand from a large, aging baby-boom population for healthcare services as they live longer and more active lives than previous generations.

How Do I Qualify?

To enter a nurse anesthesia training program, candidates must be licensed registered nurses with at least a bachelor's degree in nursing and clinical experience in acute care. In order to work in the profession, they need a master's degree in nurse anesthesia and certification by the National Board of Certification and Recertification for Nurse Anesthetists (NBCRNA).

Finding a Job

Direct application to employers remains one of the most effective job search methods. Newspaper classified ads, the Internet, medical recruiters, health care staffing agencies, and professional associations are good sources for job listings. In addition, clinical experience during training provides networking opportunities. Online job opening systems include JobCentral at www.jobcentral.com and CalJOBSSM at www.caljobs.ca.gov.

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