While Nevada may be most commonly recognized as home to the iconic Las Vegas, some say that its warm climate and temperate winters make it nice vacation destination as well as a nice place to call home. If you currently reside in Nevada or are hoping to relocate there and have thought about becoming a CRNA, this page will provide you with information about your options.
Unfortunately, Nevada does not currently have any in-state schools which offer CRNA programs, however, there are several states located nearby which offer plenty of CRNA schooling options. California has 5 CRNA schools located in-state, Arizona has 2, and Utah and Oregon are both home to 1 CRNA school each. While it may not be ideal to go out-of-state to obtain your CRNA education, it may a good option for you if you are hoping to come back to Nevada once you have obtained your degree and find a job there as a CRNA.
Working as a CRNA in Nevada
CRNAs are advanced practice registered nurses with graduate or doctorate level degrees specifically in nurse anesthesia. CRNAs can work under the supervision of an anesthesiologist in order to administer anesthesia or they can work independently. CRNAs who work in rural locations may practice with more autonomy than those who practice in more urban environments simply because rural medical facilities often do not have the resources to employ large anesthesia teams. Regardless of the location in which they practice, the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists reports that numerous studies have shown that there is no difference in the safety and efficacy of care provided by a CRNA verses that provided by an anesthesiologist. CRNAs are the primary providers of anesthesia in many parts of rural America, and make it possible for residents of those areas to receive anesthesia services closer to home.
CRNAs in Nevada can work in any medical facility which provides anesthesia services. This includes a variety of locations such as general hospitals, specialty hospitals, outpatient care centers, and offices of dentists. According to a May 2013 study by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Nevada was the top paying state in the country for CRNAs. A CRNA working in Nevada made an annual mean wage of $221,240. The Las Vegas-Paradise region of Nevada had the highest annual mean wage in the country for CRNAs in metropolitan areas with a salary of $238,350. While the state of Nevada does not have any local CRNA schooling options, it is certainly home to many CRNA employment opportunities which may make it a great place to put your CRNA training to work.