Recently, Somnia Anesthesia conducted a survey asking anesthesiologists and CRNAS around the US which career factors were most important to them. The questions were based around practice settings, case diversity, non-clinical responsibilities, practice staffing models, location, work schedule, compensation, and benefits. Participants were required to rank these factors on a scale of 1 to 5, 1 being least important and 5 being most important. 63 percent of the participants were MDs and 37 percent were CRNAS while 87 percent of all participants were board-certified.
The results revealed that, for CRNAs, compensation ranked highest importance overall with an average ranking of 5 followed by practice settings and work schedule ranking 4.5. Practice staffing model and location ranked lower with an average of 4 and surprisingly, benefits and case diversity ranked even lower with an average ranking of 3.5. Non-clinical responsibilities ranked the lowest with an average ranking of 2.
Similar to the CRNA results, anesthesiologists ranked compensation the highest importance with an average of 4.6. Practice setting, location, and work schedule followed ranking a 4. Non-clinical responsibilities were also ranked lowest at 2.5.However, disparities in rankings between MDs and CRNAs lied in benefits, case diversity, and staffing models which MDs ranked 4, 2.5, and 2.5 respectively.
We conducted this survey to ensure that we understand our clinicians to best serve them and learn what’s most important to them. Moreover, when we have clear understanding of what is important to prospective clinicians, we can create jobs that cater to their needs and place them most accordingly. Creating the right job match between a clinician and a facility is critical to our success as a national anesthesia management company, and to the success and satisfaction of our clinicians.