As the field of health care sees the most significant changes it's gone through in decades, health care professions are evolving and adapting to keep up with changing standards. This is particularly true in the field of nursing, where trained professionals at all levels of education are relied upon for patient care. If you are looking into beginning the next stage of your nursing career in Nebraska, you may wish to look into the rapidly-growing field of nurse anesthesia.
Pain management is used in many procedures, and it's often considered an ethical requirement for patients undergoing surgery or suffering from chronic pain. Anesthesiologists may be hard to come by, particularly in states with large rural areas like Nebraska. Nurse anesthetists, who stay with patients before, during, and after procedures, are often a cost-effective measure to ensure that patients have access to appropriate pain medications. To start working in this field, you must obtain the title of Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist.
A high-quality education is a must in this field. Schools in the Midwest offer graduate programs in nurse anesthesia that build on your undergraduate nursing education to prepare you to offer care to people of varying medical needs and backgrounds. If nurse anesthesia sounds like it may be the field for you, contact the schools on our site to learn more about CRNA programs in Nebraska.
If you're just beginning to learn about the field of nurse anesthesia and the degree options in this field, you may wonder if you're a good fit for a nurse anesthesia program. Though this type of program tends to be fairly competitive, you may find that you have the experience and education needed to thrive in a Nebraska CRNA program. Schools may look at your bachelor's degree in nursing to ensure that you maintained a GPA of 3.0 or higher while in school. This degree can help you get the experience that CRNA schools require. The majority of schools require approximately one year of full-time experience in a critical care or emergency care setting.
Depending on which school you choose to attend, you may complete between 50 and 70 credits in nurse anesthesia and advanced nursing courses. Master's degree programs tend to be slightly shorter, while doctoral programs are often longer. Generally speaking, plan on spending two to three years in school as a full-time CRNA student. You may jump right into your program with courses like Advanced Health Assessment Across the Lifespan, Chemistry & Biochemistry for Nurse Anesthesia, Pharmacology for Nurse Anesthesia, and Principles of Nurse Anesthesia. As you proceed through your program, you may take advanced classes like Nurse Anesthesia Simulation Lab, Foundations and Methods of Nurse Anesthesia Practice, Nurse Anesthesia Clinical Residency, and Clinical Correlational Conferences.
Becoming a graduate nursing student may give you the chance to apply for numerous grants and scholarships offered in Nebraska. Quite a few opportunities are available through local nursing employers and organizations. Bryan Health is a major local employer with a range of scholarships for nursing students. The Nebraska Center 4 Nursing supports nurses in many different ways. One way they support nurses is by providing access to grants and scholarships. Scholarships of $500 to $1,000 are available through the Nebraska Health Care Foundation.
You may find that there are many benefits to beginning a career in nurse anesthesia in Nebraska. First, this job is in high demand. From 2012 to 2022, O*Net expects job openings for Nebraska CRNAs to increase by 21 percent. This job growth rate is on target when compared to the national average (O*Net, 2012). Salaries in this career path also tend to be significantly higher than registered nursing salaries. The average salary for a Nebraska nurse anesthetist is $139,000 per year, and the top earners in this state make more than $186,200 per year (O*Net, 2013).
Of course, to enjoy the advantages of being a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist, you must first gain the proper certification and licensure. Through the National Board of Certification & Recertification for Nurse Anesthetists, you can apply to take the certification exam. Upon passing this exam, you may officially work as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist. However, to practice in Nebraska, you must get your advanced practice license from the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services. They require proof of your national certification before they upgrade your registered nursing license to an advanced practice nursing license.
Reaching this level of practice requires you to dedicate yourself to strict practice standards. Prior to working independently, you must have professional liability insurance to protect yourself and your employer from malpractice suits. Since you should have insurance as an RN already, you may simply need to change your type of coverage. You must also meet continuing education requirements. By joining a group like the Nebraska Association of Nurse Anesthetists, you may gain access to exclusive continuing education opportunities. Furthermore, you may get the chance to go to networking events, get legislative updates, and take advantage of advocacy assistance.
Are you ready to become a nurse anesthetist and help patients all over Nebraska? Use our school listings below to contact CRNA schools in Nebraska.