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AANA J. 2012 Aug;80(4 Suppl):S45-8.

Training rotations at hospitals as a recruitment tool for Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists.

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  • 1Department of Anesthesia, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa, USA.


Recruiting newly graduating Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) is expensive. Recruitment into rural areas is especially challenging. We analyzed the first jobs of all 95 graduates of the University of Iowa's CRNA training program, from the initial graduating class of 1997 through the class of 2009. We compared the location of the student's first job to where the student lived at the time of application to the program. Hospitals enhanced recruitment of CRNAs by having student rotations (P = .001). Most students who joined a practice offering an outside rotation were not from the county or contiguous counties of the hospital they joined (P < .001). In years that hospitals with rotations hired more than the median number of students, significantly more students had rotated through the hospital (P = .02). Offering a CRNA training program did not facilitate the university's retention of nurses already living in its county or contiguous counties (P = 0.58). Consequently, rural hospitals can view sponsoring rotations as a recruitment tool for graduating CRNAs. The university sponsoring the training program did not retain an advantage, however, in hiring its own graduates. Because this case study provided valuable insights, other programs should consider performing similar analyses.

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