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CRNA re-entering to practice

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I am CRNA with 8 years experience in the federal government (VA Medical Center). I have been out of practice for almost 3 years but still working as a CCRN in the PACU. I need to know where I can take the refresher course. I called the NBCRNA but they do not even know or have the list of schools or programs that offer this course. I tried to find a job outside the federal government but because I have been out for a while, is an issue for the employer. I will appreciate any help or advise that you can give to me.
Thank you!!!!

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  1. Hillbilly's Avatar
    Locums work might be the answer in the right setting. A lot of military CRNAs getting out of the service have minimal cases or experience because civilian contractor "real" CRNA's do all the actual work at most military hospitals.
  2. nurserebecca's Avatar
    I am not sure that locums is the way to go. Most locums I know have to be extremely flexible about types of cases and anesthetics. Have you tried a search on here? I think I remember a thread in the past on refresher courses. Can you stay in the VA system as a CRNA if you get a refresher?

    Not sure about the comment about military CRNAs not having much experience and needing to work locums to get their experience? I trained with the ARMY CRNAs and their workload was massive. Must have been an anomaly.
  3. gasaholic's Avatar
    A large academic institution that has lots of SRNAs is your best bet. That kind of facility is more of a learning environment. Good for someone in your position. Better to be in that kind of system as opposed to a private practice setting where its expected that you are competent and confident and ready to go day 1.
  4. WickedNurseRed's Avatar
    Check this:
    http://www.crnareviewandupdate.com/

    There's a session coming up in early May. It's held in Winston-Salem, NC. If you have questions, I'd be happy to help you.
  5. betina.egg's Avatar
    May I ask why you took a hiatus?
    Just curious.
  6. subee's Avatar
    To get into the clinicals, one has to obtain a NC license.
  7. gasaholic's Avatar
    yes, curious why you would work as an RN in PACU since you are a nurse anesthetist?
  8. Drift off 2 sleep's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Dolor
    Locums work might be the answer in the right setting. A lot of military CRNAs getting out of the service have minimal cases or experience because civilian contractor "real" CRNA's do all the actual work at most military hospitals.
    Not sure which service you're talking about. At the military facility where I work, army CRNAs do nearly all the cases. Experience should never be a question for those guys and gals. No agency CRNAs at our facility.
  9. besitodulce's Avatar
    The reason is that I had a familly emergency and I have to move from one VAMC to another to be close to my family. Therefore the only position available at that time was in the PACU. When it was resolved I have applied to several CRNA positions within the VAMC but no success.

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