Travel CRNA – What You Should Know in 2023


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    Hello everyone, it’s nice to have you join us once again.

    Today, we present you with this well-researched guide about traveling certified registered nurse anesthetists.

    By the end of this guide, you will have understood what you need to do if you intend to work as a travel CRNA.

    Here are some questions that we will answer in this guide:

    What are some travel CRNA job descriptions and duties?
    How can you become a travel CRNA?
    Are there any CRNA benefits waiting for me?

    As always, let’s get started right away!

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      Travel CRNA Jobs

      I’m sure you thought being a travel nurse is all about working as a nurse in very different beautiful destinations.

      Although part of that may be true, travel nurse anesthesia simply means that an independent staffing agency employs you as a CRNA instead of a local hospital.

      You are not restricted to one state or country, you can travel as far as necessary.

      Alternatively, you could also work in your neighborhood in any healthcare facility in need of CRNAs temporarily.

      In essence, as a travel nurse, get to call the shots in terms of where you want to work.

      There is no difference between the responsibility of a traveling CRNA and the regular CRNA.

      As a certified registered anesthetist, you are expected to do all the following:

      • Review of patient’s medical records
      • Interview patients to find out about allergies and other vital information before surgeries
      • Calibration of anesthesia equipment
      • Proper administration of anesthesia
      • Monitoring patients during a surgical procedure and when in ICU.
      • Actively stabilizing patients during and after such medical procedures

      These are what traditional CRNAs are expected to do.

      The only difference is that travel CRNAs get to work in a totally different medical setting or environment.

      They are also not fully employed but they work on a contract basis.

      Finding Travel CRNA Jobs

      The easiest places to search for travel nursing jobs are online.

      Job search sites like indeed and glassdoor are verifiable places to start your search.

      Both sites are known all over the world for posting in-demand jobs, including travel CRNA jobs.

      Once you are on these sites, you’ll notice some filters that allow you to refine or narrow your search.

      Filters include job title, location, education and qualifications, company name, experience level, date posted, and estimated salary.

      Each job posting has an Apply tab that allows you to submit an application and upload your CV through third-party job sites or directly on their website.

      Each job posting has a couple of tabs that carry some of the following tags: Job description, salary, company, ratings, reviews, and benefits.

      It is best to set the filters to “new jobs” so that you can be sure how long the job has been posted.

      Here are real samples of travel CRNA job descriptions:

      Travel Team CRNA – Nashville, Tennessee – Travel CRNA job post

      PhyMed Healthcare Group

      Location: Nashville, TN 37204

      Job details

      Type: Contract


      • Profit-sharing
      • Tuition reimbursement
      • Paid time off


      Anesthesia Medical Group is in need of a professional and experienced CRNA to join our ever-expanding team of travel CRNAs!

      The opening is contractual, and it is open for the next 5 weeks.

      The position is not for night and weekend shifts but offers a four 10s weekly shift.

      We are looking for a licensed CRNA with a minimum of 3 years of clinical experience.

      The ideal candidate must have also performed a wide range of nursing care in various types of circumstances.

      The CRNA will rotate between TriStar Centennial Medical Center, St. Thomas Hospital Midtown, St. Thomas West, and Skyline Medical Center.

      This position offers an additional stipend along with tuition reimbursement or a significant sign-on bonus!

      If you are looking for an excellent opportunity to work in a well-established care team and have a wonderful work-life balance, then look no further!

      Job Perks:

      • Up to $100k in Tuition Assistance for CRNA Loans
      • Sign on bonus option if not selected tuition reimbursement
      •  4 to10 weekly shifts
      • Excellent benefits plan to include paid time off, paid holidays, and CME
      • Increase to base salary each year + several opportunities to make additional income
      • 8% profit sharing

      You will notice that reading the job description is one way to find out what duties your potential employers want you to fulfill.

      Here is another example:

      Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) – Regional Traveling – job post

      Sound Physicians

      Location: Fort Worth, TX

      Job Details: contract


      • Travel reimbursement
      • Continuing education credits
      • Health insurance
      • Dental insurance
      •  401(k)
      • Vision insurance
      • 401(k) matching


      We are experts in performance management across the entire acute and post-acute episode of care

      Our aim is to develop a technology-forward and data-driven approach to improving patient care

      At SoundMetrix, our proprietary analytics platform provides real-time, risk-adjusted metrics and patient levels to optimize care

      We own a workflow and communications platform that supports clinician and nursing workflows across care settings

      • Commitment to our Front-Line Clinicians
      • CRNA’s perform at the top of your license
      • Experienced and dedicated Anesthesia Leadership with over 30 years in the industry
      • Opportunity to work in a variety of practice environments
      • Leadership Pathway-grow with Sound Anesthesia
      • Full-time position with benefits, including 401K with match, CME, health, dental and vision, etc.
      • Paid expenses for travel and housing
      • Malpractice & tail insurance provided
      • Comprehensive benefits package

      Access to our proprietary learning platform, SoundInstitute™, for continuing education, and professional development with convenient online and in-person educational courses, including CME

      Tagged as: CRNA

      Job ID: AMBANES.121321.1404

      Posted in Anesthesiology

      This travel CRNA job post carries other pertinent information like job ID. So, if you find a listing with tags and job IDs, you should understand that you are still on the right path.

      Let’s have a look at our final CRNA real job description.

      Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) – job post

      Aya Healthcare

      Location: Indianapolis, IN 46256

      Job details

      Job Type: Contract


      • Housing stipend
      • Health insurance
      • Dental insurance
      • Tuition reimbursement
      • Paid housing
      • Vision insurance
      • 401(k) matching
      • Loan forgiveness
      • Life insurance
      • Paid sick time

      Job Description

      Aya Healthcare has an immediate opening for the following position: Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) in Indianapolis, Indiana.

      This is a 13-week contract position that requires at least one year of experience.

      Passionate and talented internal team members and clinicians have made Aya Healthcare an industry leader since 2001.

      Starting from the day you apply; we’ll help you navigate each step of the process.

      Whether you seek a position close to home or across the country, our team members will become your staunch advocates, confidants, and friends.


      Your Aya Healthcare recruiter will work with you to proactively plan your travel career multiple assignments in advance. With Aya Healthcare you get:

      Front-of-the-line access to exclusive jobs at thousands of healthcare facilities nationwide.

      Exclusive use of Aya’s unique licensure program. We proactively help you obtain numerous licenses and plan multiple assignments in advance. Because we do the work for you and hand-deliver your application, your licenses are issued quicker.

      Other benefits

      A robust team to support you every step of the way to ensure you start on time, have flawless payroll, and have an exceptional experience.

      A credentialing team to locate and pay for all labs and certifications.

      Precise, clinician-driven unit match assessments to ensure each assignment is the right fit for you.

      A clinical ladder program that includes paid association memberships, tuition reimbursement, and loan forgiveness for travelers while on assignment.

      Paid company housing (pets are welcome to tag along) or a generous housing stipend.

      Premium medical, dental, vision, and life insurance beginning day one of your assignment.

      Paid sick time.

      Generous 401k match.

      We’ll take care of everything so you can focus on what you do best – providing exceptional patient care!

      Aya is an Equal Employment Opportunity(“EEO”) Employer and welcomes all to apply

      Job Summary

      Job ID – 1590874

      Employment Type – Travel or Contract

      Profession – Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA)

      Specialty – Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA)

      State – Indiana

      City – Indianapolis

      Start Date – 2/9/2022 12:00:00 AM

      Duration (weeks) – 13

      Shift – Day

      This final example shows how some job descriptions will specify how long the contract will last even on the job post.

      This additional information gives you an idea of what is expected.

      You can then decide whether to apply or not.

      How to Become a Travel CRNA

      Just as it is required of traditional CRNAs, the exact educational requirements, licensing requirements, clinical experience, and the same anesthesia care are required from them.

      Here is a summary of the qualifications and the CRNA credentials.

      • A master’s degree in nursing or a very related medical discipline
      • A state license to practice
      • A significant amount of clinical advanced practice

      Apart from these, you need good communication skills because you will be working closely with other nurses, surgeons, and CRNAs before, during, and after a medical procedure.

      Whichever stage of the ladder you’re at, we are confident that you can make it.

      What if you are just through with high school and you’re already excited about this amazing career path?

      Start the process of earning a bachelor’s degree in nursing at an accredited institution.

      Get your RN license and start practicing to gain enough on-the-job experience, as set out by the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA).

      That should take like 3 to 4 years to complete. Thereafter, you can apply for a postgraduate nursing program that satisfies the program’s educational requirements.

      Gather significant working experience as a registered nurse.

      To get your license, pass the state’s exam by the National Board of Certification and Recertification for Nurse Anesthetists (NBCRNA).

      How to maintain your nursing license as a travel CRNA

      Finding Travel CRNA Jobs

      There is nothing extraordinary about maintaining your  CRNA license as a travel nurse.

      Look at it as if you are trying to meet your home state’s licensure requirements.

      Many states in the U.S will consider the license you obtain in your state as valid wherever your job takes you.

      However, some states will require you to meet their licensure requirement.

      If you need to obtain this additional license, you will have to meet your state’s license requirements as well the requirements in that particular state.

      States like Washington and Florida mandate all CRNAs to obtain continuing education units (CEU) in a relevant anesthesia-related field like pain management and other disease awareness.

      In summary, it is a straightforward process.

      As long as you have an active CRNA license and have a minimum of 2 years of clinical experience, you can start applying for CRNA travel jobs.

      Benefits of Working as a Travel CRNA

      Fancy this area of CRNA? You should and for good reasons. Let’s examine some nurse anesthetist benefits.

      Opportunity to improve yourself: Since you are not limited to your local hospital, you have more opportunities to gain more experience while dealing with a more diverse set of patients.

      You both improve your current skills and you gain more skills while learning from more experienced personnel.

      As you gain these new skills, you can improve your CV to include all the skill sets that you now know.

      This wider range of clinical experience stands you out in the job market as well as an asset to whoever is fortunate enough to employ you.

      Work wherever you want: I know you have been waiting for this. You can actually work anywhere you like.

      If you like an adventurous life of travel while working as a CRNA, you can specifically search for jobs in the state or country you desire to reside.

      Since most travel CRNA jobs are o a contract, you can decide to move to another location once your current contract expires.

      Remember the two job search websites we told you about earlier in this guide?

      Use the filter option to set the location where you will like to practice.

      And don’t worry, most employers will offer you suitable accommodation as part of the job perks.

      If you desire to work close to your home too, remember that only you call the shots.

      Bumper salary scale: The question on travel CRNA pay is unarguable.

      Generally, CRNAs are one of the best paying roles in the nursing industry.

      According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, a CRNA travel nurse’s salary is about $120,000 annually.

      Are there travel CRNA that gets paid that much? Yes!

      If CRNAs who work in a local medical facility are paid that much, you can be sure that travel CRNAs can make more, in addition to other benefits offered by the healthcare providers.

      If you decide to pursue this career path, you will make more money because you can literally apply for jobs with better pay.

      Here are other advantages of working as a travel nurse anesthetist:

      • Healthcare providers or employers are willing to help you get recertified when your CRNA certification is due for a renewal
      • Privilege to work with some of the biggest anesthesia facilities which in turn will boost your experience
      • Freedom to choose where you will work as well as when to work
      • Well sought after and in-demand nursing skills
      • Free accommodation and the best vacation packages
      • Paid trips, great liability coverage, and excellent compensation


      There is basically nothing different about travel CRNAs other than the ability to work on contracts, anywhere, and at any time.

      That sounds exciting to you? Then we encourage you to apply for a CRNA certification.

      You can check this guide again for the education requirements.

      Once you execute each step of the journey up till getting your CRNA license, don’t hesitate to start looking for job descriptions that fit your skillset.

      And one more reminder, the traveling nurse anesthetist salary structure is very attractive.

      One word of assurance is that you won’t have to search for long because travel CRNAs are few and the skill is currently in high demand.



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