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Long time reader, first time poster.
I love anesthesia, and I wouldn't change my decision to become a CRNA. BUT. . .
I feel like life was simpler when I was an RN. One of the things I loved about nursing was the flexibility, and the ability to work in different areas and not be tied down to one specialty. Wondering if anyone has gone back to being and RN after having worked for several yrs as a CRNA, and what your experience has been?
Did you work locums/PRN to get the hours you needed to keep your certification?
Perhaps it's just a mid-life crisis and I should go purchase a sports care or something.
I have neve heard of a CRNA going back to work as an RN. The pay cut is to extreme. I know plenty of CRNA's who have gone into other professions part time. I know a few who work part time in anesthesia and part time in another field (real estate, flower shop owner, personal trainer, etc.)
If you are tired of your current job then look for other settings to work in that offer more variety. There is alot of scheduling flexibility and a many different settings (cardiac, OB, outpatient day surgery centers, special procedure only jobs, etc.)
The problem with going into another career outside anesthesia is that there are no other jobs that will make the same amount of money. My friends who do other things all do it because they enjoy it, not because it can replace income from anesthesia.
Don't make the same mistake that many CRNAs make, don't get used to the money and get stuck doing something you don't love. Anesthesia is a great job, I would never leave it. Many who just want the money are stuck because there is nothing else they can do for the same income, we make more than many physicians.
I work part time in anesthesia and have many hobbies to take up my other time. I find just anesthesia 40 hours per week gets boring for me, I do research and academics also.