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Nursing Specialties to Advance Your Career

Nursing Specialties to Advance Your Career

Wendy J. Meyeroff / Monster Contributing Writer

Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists

The nation’s 30,000 CRNAs are among the most highly educated and highly compensated of advanced nurse professionals. The mean salary for 2003 graduates was $120,000, according to the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists’ 2004 Practice Profile Survey. To further sweeten the income pot, CRNAs are now so well-trusted that their malpractice liability premiums are 39 percent lower than they were 15 years ago. In addition, some states are allowing CRNAs to practice without physician supervision.

CRNAs work in all settings, from hospitals to private offices. Most states require CRNAs to hold an MSN from an accredited program in the field. CRNAs must also be licensed and certified.

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