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Looking to Become a Locums CRNA?

Interested in being a Locums CRNA?

We’ve had the opportunity to connect with some other CRNAs recently who’ve messaged Meredith about what’s needed to become a Locums CRNA, so we thought we’d throw a very high level post together.

Experience:

If you are fresh out of school, Locums likely isn’t the route for you…yet. Get some experience (trauma experience is great to have) first. Most places look for Locums with experience.

Get familiar with being a 1099 and work directly with a CPA for taxes:

There’s a ton of info online and in forums, but make sure you always seek guidance from your CPA.

Invest in Disability insurance:

Your hands are very valuable. For many, school was expensive, the hours worked as a RN were long. It was a long road to get here. Disability insurance will protect your hands. (It’s also a business expense for taxes).

Liability & Malpractice Insurance:

Many Locums agencies may include these as you partner with them. Some choose to have their own independent policies. Review both options & choose what you are comfortable with.

State Licenses:

Yes, they vary from state to state as far as requirements go. If you have a multi-state RN license that’s a great start, but you’ll need to research each state’s requirements for advanced practice. In some cases these licenses can take a couple of months to be approved. Plan ahead and give yourself time to receive them.

Take Advantage of CEU Conferences:

CEUs can be a lot of effort, but plan a week inside of your contract to attend one of these conferences. You’ll stay up to date with most recent happenings, but it’s a good opportunity to network as well. Plus, you may get to travel somewhere new! (Also a business expense for tax purposes).

All Inclusive Rates:

As part of your contract, you’ll need to make sure that your living expenses are factored along with your hourly rate.

Domiciles and Organizational Tips:

Since we travel via our RV, we have a domicile setup for reporting our taxes from our home state. (We have a Post on our blog in greater detail about domiciles).  Scan and make copies of all licenses as well as all receipts, expenses, spreadsheets, etc.  Store them in the cloud (we use Dropbox).

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