Become A Locum

Locum Tenens Nurse Anesthetists

By embracing the role of a locum tenens practitioner, you unlock a realm of freedom and flexibility. You have the autonomy to determine your own schedule, select the locations where you practice, and liberate yourself from financial concerns associated with running your own practice. 

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Locum Earning Potential

The average income for CRNAs who exclusively engage in independent locum practice stands at $255,078 annually, though this figure can fluctuate for a variety of reasons. It's important to note that this average pertains specifically to those who commit to locum work as their primary mode of practice, rather than individuals who undertake locum assignments sporadically alongside permanent positions. For CRNAs who locum, income potential often surpasses that of their permanently employed peers, but this advantage varies widely. Factors influencing income disparities include the individual's experience, chosen work schedule (whether part-time or full-time), the demand for their specialty in certain regions, and other pertinent considerations.

*This data represents an aggregation of salary statistics derived from four authoritative sources: the Bureau of Labor Statistics, ZipRecruiter,, and Indeed. Each source is recognized for its reliability and comprehensive coverage of employment data.

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Job ID: JN -052024-17227

Setting: Inpatient/Outpatient

Length: Ongoing

On Call: No

Schedule: Full-Time – Part-Time

Degree: CRNA


Job ID: JN -052024-17225

Setting: Inpatient/Outpatient

Length: Ongoing

On Call: No

Schedule: Full-Time – Part-Time

Degree: CRNA

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Job ID: JN -052024-17207

Setting: Outpatient

Length: Ongoing

On Call: Possible

Schedule: Full-Time

Degree: CRNA

What Does Locum Tenens Do for CRNAs?

Abundance of Job Opportunities

Based on data provided by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, it is projected that advanced practice nurses will experience a substantial job growth of 40% within the period spanning from 2021 to 2031. In light of Consilium’s prominent position at the forefront of the medical staffing industry, we have observed a significant surge in the nationwide demand for Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs). 

Be Flexible

With the abundance of CNRA opportunities comes flexibility. You can pick and choose from a wide variety of jobs and have the option to work full-time, part-time, as needed, or on call. Now YOU are in charge of finding the best work-life balance. 

Travel The Country

If you’re tired or burnt out from working in the same place long term, locum tenens might be a great option for you. Imagine having the option to travel across the US while doing your day job. Many of our nurse anesthetists choose to work with a medical staffing agency because they can choose locum assignments at or near travel destinations. To make assignments seem less like work, we give providers a concierge experience. Never worry about travel or lodging. We will take care of that.


According to the AANA (American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology,) CRNAs make up more than 80% of anesthesia providers in rural US counties. A considerable number of rural hospitals are classified as critical access hospitals, frequently dependent on the services of independently practicing CRNAs to provide anesthesia care. Half of United States rural hospitals follow a nurse anesthetists-only model for subspecialties like obstetrics. 

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Your First 5 Steps
Charting Your Course in Locum Tenens

Many medical providers have a dream of working independently outside of permanent position, but it can be extremely overwhelming and intimidating without help. Locum agencies exist to help you navigate the job market and streamline the process for building a solid independent career. Here are five steps to starting a locum tenens assignment.

One of the primary considerations for CRNAs pursuing locum tenens opportunities is securing state licenses. The application processes and approval times can vary significantly, ranging from weeks to several months. To expedite the process, take advantage of the Medical License Compact, which simplifies licensing in certain states. Ensure you meet all state requirements to avoid unnecessary delays in your locums assignment.

On a related note, you will need to have your NPI number to work through a locums agency. For more information on the subject of National Provider Identifier numbers (NPI numbers,) visit the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services. You can apply online for an NPI number through National Plan and Provider Enumeration System (NPPES.)

Partnering with a reputable locum tenens agency can make all the difference in your locums journey. Staffing agencies specialize in connecting nurse anesthetists with exciting job opportunities, handling credentialing and paperwork, and sometimes covering state licensure costs.

Take your time to research different agencies. Consider factors like job types, supported states, specialties, and the agency’s rapport with its staff. Finding the right fit will set you on the path to a successful locums assignment.

Understanding your career goals and lifestyle preferences will help in choosing your ideal practice setting. While you work with your agency’s recruiters, it’s important to share as many details about your ideal work environment, the patient volume you favor, what states you are licensed in (or would like help getting licensed in,) or any other details you feel are valuable to you. With this being said, remaining open-minded to trying different settings can also strengthen your CV.

Once you’ve found a reputable agency and have established your preferences, it’s time to apply for a locums placement. Prepare a comprehensive CV that highlights your qualifications, licenses, certifications, and references. During the application process, be ready to discuss your availability, compensation expectations, and preferred practice settings. Setting yourself up with a strong CV partnered with help from your staffing agency increase your chances of getting the assignments you want.

By this point you’ve accepted a locum tenens assignment and you’re well on your way to making a difference in your new assignment. But before you embark on your locums adventure, it’s wise to conduct your own research on the local culture, transportation options, state regulations, and facility policies. Properly plan ahead and gather all necessary equipment and supplies, especially for remote assignments. 

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