Date of Award

Fall 2019

Degree Type

Doctoral Project

Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)


Leadership and Advanced Nursing Practice

Committee Chair

Dr. Nina McLain

Committee Chair School

Leadership and Advanced Nursing Practice

Committee Member 2

Dr. Mary Jane Collins

Committee Member 2 School

Leadership and Advanced Nursing Practice


The profession of Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNA) is a thriving occupation. In their national Occupational Outlook Handbook, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (U.S. Department of Labor, 2018), reported the national market for CRNAs is predicted to continue its steady growth through 2026. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) provides numerous statistics, as previously mentioned, on their website. However, the stats available include CRNAs of varying experience levels. The Mississippi Department of Employment Security (MDES) has a few statistics, online, regarding the market for CRNAs. The data provided by MDES, while appreciated, is lacking in numerical significance, given the minuscule sample size of the data donated to them (Mississippi Department of Employment Security [MDES], 2018). The goal of this project was to establish evidence of average annual base salaries amongst newly graduated CRNAs, in Mississippi.

This project utilized a six-question survey, inquiring about the hiring of newly graduated CRNAs and the base salaries offered to them. This survey was sent to 42 CRNA employers, throughout Mississippi. Thirty of the 42 employers completed the survey, yielding a 71% response rate. The data was evaluated using descriptive statistics and simple percentages and ranges.

This project revealed that 67% of CRNA employers in Mississippi have a full-time position available for a new graduate CRNA. The project also indicated that 43% of employers in Mississippi have hired a newly graduated CRNA within the past year. The majority of new graduate CRNAs were offered between $137,000-$156,000 per year.