Job-Hunting Tips for Anesthesiologists and CRNAs

At Radar Healthcare, we specialize in matching Anesthesia Providers with the best opportunities to meet their personal goals and grow professionally. In these challenging times, we are always on the lookout for new opportunities for you and wanted to share what we’ve been tracking and let you know that we’re thinking about you.

Under normal circumstances, you have many different factors to weigh when searching for a new job. During exceptional circumstances, like we are facing now, you may have even more criteria and concerns that influence your decision. We have compiled a list of job-hunting tips to help you find a position that is the best fit for you at this point in time.

Define your priorities.

Spend some time thinking about which factors are most important to you in an anesthesia provider position. From the following list, which two or three components are your top priorities? What would be a “desirable option” vs. a “deal-breaker” for you? Use these preferences to guide your job search.

  • Schedule
  • Location
  • Work environment
  • Compensation
  • Advancement opportunities
  • Start Date
  • Length of Assignment (if Locum)

Explore your options.

Anesthesiologists and CRNAs have a variety of career options. Do you want to work in small, medium, or large hospitals?  Do you prefer outpatient surgery centers? Do you like a mix of both? Draw on your personal strengths and experience when determining the best options for you when it comes to job location, team structure, case requirements, etc. Understand all the options available to you and consider which type of role would align with your personal and professional goals, interests, and desires.

Be flexible.

Once you have a sense of what you’re looking for in a job, narrow down your search by ruling out options that are an obvious mismatch. Direct your focus on opportunities that best align with your qualifications, experience, and preferences, but remember that it is still important to remain open to positions outside of your initial criteria. For example, would you consider living in a small town or rural area instead of a city? Would you consider both locum assignments and permanent full-time positions? Do you want a W2 position with benefits, or a 1099 salary and take care of your own benefits? Do you hesitate on taking locum positions because you have never done them before? What questions do you have? Determine what you are willing to be flexible about and what you are not.

Clarify state licensing requirements.

Regulations for anesthesia providers vary state by state. It is particularly important to be knowledgeable on this right now, as many states are implementing changes to these regulations. Radar can help you research what the prerequisites are for each position and location you are seriously considering. If you are working with a recruiter, confirm what the credentialing process entails. What documentation will you need, and how long will each step take?

Stay current on COVID-19 safety guidelines.

Regularly review professional resources around safe care practices for anesthesia providers during the COVID-19 pandemic, including those from American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) and The Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation (APSF) and the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA). Radar monitors updates from these associations and organizations along with a number of other credible sources, so be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn to stay in the loop!

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