New Estimates for CRNA Vacancies
A national survey to estimate vacancy rates of Certified Registered Nurse Anestheists (CRNAs) in hospital and ambulatory surgical centers was conducted in 2007. Poisson regression methods were used to improve the precision of the estimates. A significat increase in the estiamted vacancy rate was reported for hospitals relative to an earlier study from 2002, although it is important to note that there were some methodologial differences between the 2 surveys explaining the part of the increase. Results from this study found the vacancy rate was higher in rural hospitals than in nonrural hospitals, and it was lower in ambulatory surgical centers. A number of simulations were run to predict the effects of relevant changes in the market for surgeries and nuber of CRNAs, which were compared to the predicitons from the previous survey. The remarkable factor since the last survey was the unusually large rate of new CRNAs entering the market, yet the vacancy rates remain relatively high.
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