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VA facilities face shortage of nurse anesthetists

A new GAO report finds that Department of Veterans Affairs medical facilities have challenges in recruiting and retaining VA CRNAs for their workforce. About three-fourths of all VA medical facility chief anesthesiologists responding to GAO’s survey reported that they had difficulty recruiting VA CRNAs. Overall, 54 percent of VA medical facility chief anesthesiologists reported temporarily closing some operating rooms and 72 percent reported delaying some elective surgeries. (December 2007)

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Full report - VA HEALTH CARE: Many Medical Facilities Have Challenges in Recruiting and Retaining Nurse Anesthetists (PDF)