VA Health Care: Recruitment and Retention Challenges and Efforts to Make Salaries Competitive for Nurse Anesthetists: Congressional Testimony

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DIANE Publishing, 2008 - 12 pages
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Certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNA), registered nurses who have completed a master¿s degree program in nurse anesthesia, provide the majority of anesthesia care in VA medical facilities. While the demand for CRNAs has increased, many employed by VA are nearing retirement eligibility age. Concerns have been raised abut the challenges VA may face in making VA CRNA salaries competitive in order to maintain its VA CRNA workforce. This testimony: (1) identifies workforce challenges that VA medical facilities experience related to VA CRNAs; and (2) identifies a key mechanism that VA medical facilities have to help make VA CRNA salaries competitive and the extent to which VA facilities use this mechanism. Table.

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