Quote from CSUSM10
Another reason I'm wondering is if it took me a while to find a CRNA job, it would be nice to work as an RN to earn income!
You could pick up shifts as an RN before you are credentialed as a CRNA. However, if you went to CRNA school without picking up any shifts, most hospitals might refuse to hire you since you would have gone greater than 2 years without bedside experience.
I knew a nurse who continued to work in the ICU while in CRNA school and picked up shifts while studying for her boards. She failed on her first try. My advice is study for boards after graduation, pass your boards, and then party your ass off. Go backpacking in Europe, South America, or wherever you've always wanted to travel.
If you don't party then volunteer for your favorite charity. Once credentialed, stick to your lane as a CRNA. You will have plenty of time to interact with patients. Don't forget preop and postop interviews and you can spend time rounding on patients on the floors. Ugh! You can place a foley if you want... just ask the OR circulator. Like others have said... intubations, OG/NG placement, epidurals, spinals, nerve blocks are so much more fun than placing a foley catheter.