With your registered nursing degree, you may be in a great position to take your health care career to a more advanced level. Changing health care legislation across the country has increased the demand for nurses and advanced nursing professionals. Vermont, which has an extremely high population density, is starting to rely more and more on advanced practice nurses for different types of care. If you enjoy working with pharmacology and nursing research, becoming a nurse anesthetist in Vermont may be a great move for your career.
Reach out to the graduate nursing schools in Vermont that offer CRNA programs to learn more about this exciting nursing profession and your options for study.
Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) provide many of the same services as anesthesiologists, but at a much smaller cost. Across the country, nurse anesthetists are responsible for administering over 34 million doses of anesthetic each year. Nurse anesthetists have made appropriate pain relief more widely available across Vermont. According to the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists, anesthesia is approximately 50 times safer now than it was in the early 1980s. Much of this is due to the work of nurse anesthesia professionals.
Working in nurse anesthesiology requires you to be dedicated to your patients and to high standards of nursing care. If this sounds like the right career for you, keep reading to learn more about CRNA programs in Vermont.
Since nurse anesthetists often work independently and take on a great deal of responsibility for patient care, you must demonstrate your strong academic performance and clinical work to be accepted to a CRNA program in Vermont. You need a Bachelor’s degree in nursing from an accredited university and your graduating GPA must be at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. At some competitive schools, GPA requirements may be even stricter. In addition, you may need work experience in a critical care setting. Working in critical care gives you a good feel for the work environment of the nurse anesthesiologist and demonstrates that you can work in high stress situations.
The curriculum for nurse anesthetist programs in Vermont may include 50 to 80 credits, depending on whether you plan on earning a Master’s degree or a doctoral degree. You may begin with classes that give you a broad overview of advanced nursing as a whole, including Organization and Systems Leadership, Foundations of Advanced Nursing Practice, and Theoretical and Philosophical Foundations of Advanced Nursing Practice. However, many of the courses you take may be dedicated solely to the study and practice of nurse anesthesia. For example, you may take courses like Principles of Anesthesia, Advanced Pharmacology for Nurse Anesthetists, and Nurse Anesthesia Clinical Practicum.
It should be clear that clinical practice is a significant part of this degree. You must work on at least 550 cases to be eligible for national certification. You may find that your school offers even more clinical experience in order to prepare you for your work as a nurse anesthetist in Vermont.
Earning a master’s degree in nursing does not have to be expensive if you spend some time looking into scholarship and grant opportunities in Vermont. Through the Vermont Organization of Nurse Leaders, you can apply for the Marilyn Rinker Leadership Scholarship for Nurses in an Advanced Degree Program. The Vermont Student Assistance Corporation is another excellent resource for scholarships, including several that are open only to nursing students. If you are willing to work in a rural area after graduation, you may qualify for scholarships through the Vermont Department of Health.
Upon graduating from a nurse anesthesia program in Vermont, you may begin the process of getting your state licensure and national certification. First, you must apply for Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist status through the National Board of Certification & Recertification for Nurse Anesthetists. You may register to take the certification exam after successfully graduating from your graduate program. If you pass the test, you can have your scores sent to the Vermont Board of Nursing. The Vermont Board of Nursing may examine your educational credentials, your work experience, and your test scores to ensure that you are fit for licensure. Once you have your certification and your license, you may begin working as a nurse anesthetist in Vermont.
It is important to network with other advanced nursing professionals if you want to quickly get acclimated to this new field. By joining a professional organization, you may meet other nurse anesthetists, learn about relevant legislature in your state, and discover new job opportunities that may be available to you. Consider joining the Vermont Association of Nurse Anesthetists to meet these goals. Participation in this group may also help you learn more about this field and take on a leadership role in your nursing community.
As you get started in the field of nurse anesthesiology in Vermont, you may find that the job outlook is promising in this area. Between 2012 and 2022, O*Net believes that job openings for nurse anesthetists may increase by 25 percent. This growth is much higher than average when compared to other professions (O*Net, 2012). The average salary earned by a nurse anesthetist in Vermont is $143,000 per year (O*Net, 2013).
Are you ready to take the next step in your nursing career? If so, get started by reaching out to CRNA programs in Vermont and requesting detailed program materials.