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Nurse Anesthetists

Employment Prospects


There are more than 39,000 nurse anesthetists working in the United States. Many nurse anesthetists are employed by hospitals or outpatient surgery centers. Dentists, podiatrists, ophthalmologists, plastic surgeons, and pain management specialists also employ them. Others may be employed in a group or independent practice that provides services to hospitals and other health care centers on a contract basis. Some work for rural hospitals, the U.S. Public Health Services, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and the U.S. military. Because the high-quality, cost-effective anesthesia service provided by nurse anesthetists is widely acknowledged, health care institutions are eager to employ them.

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