I am concerned about the future of our profession. I live in Florida where there are 9 CRNA programs. I work at one of them, but we are rather small compared to some of the others. I can tell you that once the Class of 2009 graduates in December, the market here is full. It will likely impact my "moonlighting" per diem opportunities (I do have an office practice that is very safe at the moment). A CRNA moving to this area would be hard pressed to find a position.
The question is this: Are CRNA educational programs flooding the market?
Anecdotally I have noticed that the number of positions available on Gaswork.com in FL have dropped by nearly half in the last year. AANA states that there are areas of oversupply and areas of undersupply. I remember the days when the AANA News Bulletin and the AANA Journal were full of ads looking for CRNAs. Now there are hardly any.
Anyone else seeing undersupply? Don't get me wrong - I think it is healthy to have a supply of new CRNAs into the market every year. It is unhealthy to have so many that they can't find a job.
If you were to poll the pre-licensure (generic) BSN students at my University, about 50% plan on being a CRNA someday. I don't believe that we can sustain this pace. Am I "Chicken Little" here? Is anyone else concerned that the oversupply will drive salaries down? Let me know what you think...