CRNA lifestyle - page 2

I'm so curious to know how CRNA's live. By the hectic schedule I've been told about how do find time to go out and spend your money, like buy a big beautiful house, decorate it, buy clothes, and so... Read More

  1. by   Kiwi
    Quote from andreaJ
    I just realized an error I made. I am in college already, I am the first in my generation to go and just because I made a statement about money does not mean that is my "sole motivation",I just said I am curious. It is to become successful in life in whatever field of study I plan to pursue, continue to care for my family and have one of my own. I agree that if people are in it for the money they wont be happy, I've experienced that myself already so you are late professor.I have a great paying job now that I am satisfied with . Money isn't everything but it sure as he** is alot of things.
    Have you even shadowed a CRNA? Ever seen a surgery? Have you ever been there to see CRNAs intubating a patient who's airway was lost? The pay of a CRNA is directly related to their experience and knowledge - that's basic economics. CRNAs on this board have also made a point over and over, which is: Having that pay will not put you into an entirely new lifestyle. No, it's not going to afford you a "tricked out" pad. I don't see how the people who are obsessed with "Big body Mercedes Benz", etc, will ever make it. I'm certain that the interviewers at CRNA schools are fully equipped with BS detectors.
  2. by   susanna
    Hey Andrea, we're in the same age group and kind of in the same position. I'm 22 and going to college too (only im doing it part-time at night while I work full-time during the day) to maybe one day become a CRNA.
    No matter how much money I make, I plan to live the lifestyle that I live now and have lived pretty much my whole life. I know what its like to fear not having money. My family has been pretty poor and desparate for money in the past too. We're not nearly as bad as we were years ago when I was a child but we still live pretty frugally and money has pretty much ruined my aprents' mariage (they're divorced) and everyone still has that unconscious fear of not having enough and of losing everything.

    I don't know if I'm going to want to go to med school after nursing, do CRNA, work abroad, or what. So I dont know what my end salary is going to be really. But one thing for sure is that I'm not going to let money ruin my life as it did my parents' life who were so dissapointed because they had very high standards for themselves in terms of making money and pursuing their doctorates (being exhausted by 3 kids and the need to make money immediately, neither of them got theirs).

    Anyways, I'm making it a plan to not aim high and go crazy after any American dream that just doesn't exist. It has already destroyed too many lives and too many dreams. Here's what I'm going to do with the $$$ I earn: I'd like my little own place(whether that be an apartment or a house) and a car that works and and money to buy nutritious food and good healthcare for my family if I have one. (Along with that, Id like to have a few good, trustworthy friends and hopefully be less crazy and more down-to-earth person in the future than I am right now in my life). Voila!

    You sound like youre in the same position as I am. PM me if u want to chat about prospective schools, classes, work, school, and stuff.
  3. by   andreaJ
    MONEY IS NOT MY SOLE MOTIVATION.

    Quote from ether
    Have you even shadowed a CRNA? Ever seen a surgery? Have you ever been there to see CRNAs intubating a patient who's airway was lost? The pay of a CRNA is directly related to their experience and knowledge - that's basic economics. CRNAs on this board have also made a point over and over, which is: Having that pay will not put you into an entirely new lifestyle. No, it's not going to afford you a "tricked out" pad. I don't see how the people who are obsessed with "Big body Mercedes Benz", etc, will ever make it. I'm certain that the interviewers at CRNA schools are fully equipped with BS detectors.
    Last edit by traumaRUs on Jun 30, '04 : Reason: personal attack
  4. by   jwk
    Your original question showed a lot of immaturity as I said. You did more than make a "comment" about money - it was your entire initial post. Your continuing swipes at others offering constructive criticism help prove my point.

    I've read your other posts in various threads. (as should the rest of you if you think I'm being a tad harsh) You have no idea where you want to go or what you want to do. Old Dominion, Emory, Panama City, Iowa, Memphis, Virginia Beach, Atlanta, CRNA, CNM, CNA, AA, maternal-fetal nursing, etc., etc., etc. Have you even started nursing school or just taking general classes and thinking about it? Again, I've read through your other posts - you want to do everything, everywhere, when really, you don't have a clue.

    It takes a lot of time and effort to get through nursing school and beyond, if that's truly what you want to do. Your poor attitude and snide remarks to those offering help (you obviously are unwilling to recognize that) will not help you reach those goals.
    Last edit by traumaRUs on Jun 30, '04 : Reason: To conform to above edits
  5. by   jemommyRN
    andreaj,

    I think that you were just asking a question but CRNAs probably get offended by those asking about the "financial perks" of the job because it is so much more than that. The bottom line is, it really doesn't matter what the other CRNAs do with their money because when its your time, you'll get to do whatever you want to do with your hard earned money. May God watch over you throughout your journey in school. Do the best you can so that no matter what field you would like to go into, you'll be able to.

    blessings,
    jemommy

    I
  6. by   Kiwi
    Andrea, I am not talking directly to you. I guess I vented more than I usually do. I'm a NS, and I've been with a lot of NS who (in our first year of school) told everybody there were going to become a CRNA in the future. Soon clinicals came along, and these same people also puked during observed surgery, hated critical care, belive that C=RN, etc., etc.

    Let me give you a piece of advice. If you are not a nursing student, then that comes first. After that, make it through the first year before considering a specialty. Then ask to shadow a CRNA during your clinicals. I understand how impressive a large salary must sound, but I know that's not what you are all about. You must love science. Some SRNAs got in NA school after taking advanced chem, math, physics (more math), and biochemistry.

    Good luck finding your place in nursing.
  7. by   andreaJ
    There is nothing wrong with having more than one idea of what you want to do or where you want to go. This site helped me out a lot, thats why I asked those types of questions, because I am still a young adult with so many career goals I wanted some help to narrow it down to one. If you want to read my posts and be up in my nostrils why not help me out don't try to put me down because its not working, I lose no sleep.
    Last edit by traumaRUs on Jun 30, '04 : Reason: Consistency with TOS
  8. by   andreaJ
    thanx for the advice ether
    Quote from ether
    Andrea, I am not talking directly to you. I guess I vented more than I usually do. I'm a NS, and I've been with a lot of NS who (in our first year of school) told everybody there were going to become a CRNA in the future. Soon clinicals came along, and these same people also puked during observed surgery, hated critical care, belive that C=RN, etc., etc.

    Let me give you a piece of advice. If you are not a nursing student, then that comes first. After that, make it through the first year before considering a specialty. Then ask to shadow a CRNA during your clinicals. I understand how impressive a large salary must sound, but I know that's not what you are all about. You must love science. Some SRNAs got in NA school after taking advanced chem, math, physics (more math), and biochemistry.

    Good luck finding your place in nursing.
  9. by   JimmyMallo
    tough crowd

    I'll take wide bodied benzo's for 1000 alex
  10. by   ZAHMAN
    Florida, Nebraska, Tennessee, Virginia, CNA, LPN, RN, AA, CRNA, Midwife, Cosmosurg, Laser Nurse. It's ok to have goals, but you also need to have a focus. My suggestion to you would be to live life alittle, get some experience and then decide what you want to do. I can understand that you would like a career that pays well, we all do. Just have some discretion in how you present your posts.


    ZAHMAN
  11. by   ZAHMAN
    AndreaJ
    While your posts may be alittle directional in your thoughts, it is unfortunate that some people will take advantage of that and take the oppertunity to dismantle your feelings. These people have turned out to be like their predecessors, that is unfortunate. Keep your head up, ask well informed questions, and keep striving to do your best. Eventually your path will become clear.

    ZAHMAN
  12. by   InTheBlood
    I must admit the money is one of the primary reasons for me going the CRNA route. In fact, I said that in my interview. There are a LOT of people I know with the same rationale for becoming CRNAs. There is absolutely nothing wrong with wanting to improve your/your family's lifestyle. I think some people like to sit up on their high horse and bark at & criticize other people. Don't let it bother you Andrea. You do what's best for you; just make sure that a career in nurse anesthesia is something you'll enjoy for the rest of your life. It's widely said that if you're miserable at work, no amount of money makes it worthwhile (not that I TOTALLY agree with that). All that said, almost everyone I know loves being a CRNA. If this is what you want to do, FULL STEAM AHEAD. Start working hard now. Don't let the negativity bring you down. The only way to find things out is to ask questions, keep doing so...
  13. by   andreaJ
    Thank you InTheBlood that was simply what I was saying but in my own words of course. I guess when you have people that can't read between the lines they get offended. I never let the negativity bring me down, in fact it makes me stronger. Again thanx.
    Quote from InTheBlood
    I must admit the money is one of the primary reasons for me going the CRNA route. In fact, I said that in my interview. There are a LOT of people I know with the same rationale for becoming CRNAs. There is absolutely nothing wrong with wanting to improve your/your family's lifestyle. I think some people like to sit up on their high horse and bark at & criticize other people. Don't let it bother you Andrea. You do what's best for you; just make sure that a career in nurse anesthesia is something you'll enjoy for the rest of your life. It's widely said that if you're miserable at work, no amount of money makes it worthwhile (not that I TOTALLY agree with that). All that said, almost everyone I know loves being a CRNA. If this is what you want to do, FULL STEAM AHEAD. Start working hard now. Don't let the negativity bring you down. The only way to find things out is to ask questions, keep doing so...

close