Kim Snyder, CRNA
Kim Snyder’s commitment to expanding her skill set is part of her nature. “I’m a very skill-oriented person. I love to talk to people. I like to be doing something different every day.” This is largely what drew her to become a Nurse Anesthetist in the first place. “It’s such a well-rounded process. I love that there’s always something different to do.”
When Kim connected with Allegheny Anesthetists, she was able to engage in a diverse work environment. She also found it “refreshing” to be a part of Allegheny’s independent contracting network, because it enabled her to do different things all the time. She likes meeting new people, building rapport with patients from all over the state, and expanding her abilities. “You’re doing all different aspects of anesthesia. I like how [Allegheny] can bring that to me.”
Kim has also appreciated the ability to tailor her contracting options to meet her specific needs. “I’m building a house,” she said, “so it’s nice to get the extra money when I can.” Contracting through Allegheny can also mean picking up freelance opportunities close to home. “It’s nice to me that some of the places I’m working at are closer than where I’m driving for my full-time position.”
Many other professional benefits are included as well. Kim pointed out, “I think it makes you a better practitioner, too, when you can see what’s out there.” Setting foot in many different work environments enables her to meet and network with other CRNAs. “It’s awesome,” Kim said. “You get to find out about some of their history,” and she added that it helps having that kind of collaboration to talk with her peers and ask questions.
Kim freelances several days per month now, and said the experience has changed her perspective on her career. “I’m excited again!”
That excitement came from making a decision, though. “I was a little leery at first.” She said. “People get set in their ways. I have two little kids, so I didn’t want to burn all my time up.” However, the flexible scheduling and minimal time commitments made it easy for her to give it a try. She started off contracting just one day a month, but now she’s working almost one day a week, and says, “If I could, I’d do more.”
As far as record keeping and billing, Kim says Allegheny “makes it very easy … It’s precise and to the point. They take care of everything, even my insurance.”
Allegheny has been building a solid reputation as a premium, professional network, and newcomers such as Kim keep that reputation intact. No one can predict where their career will take them, but as Kim demonstrates, you can direct where you want your career to go.