Hi all, I'm a Biology major in Kansas City, MO. I'm trying to decide my career path, and have narrowed it down between CRNA and AA. Now I know everyone here is a bit biased ..
But I recognize that you are all also very knowledgeable and can help answer some questions that I have.
First, let me share that I love science. It was my original goal to pursue medical school, but I now have a family with small children, and I think that ship has sailed (plus I realized I wouldn't have wanted the lifestyle anyhow.) I also specifically love physiology and pharmacology. Anesthesia is very interesting to me, and I am pretty convinced that a career in it will be satisfying and engaging.
So ... as a Bio major ... AA school would be the quickest route for me. I am struggling with the decision though, because I worry about the politics, and effects on job security. I also know that one day I would really like to explore flexible work schedule options for more time with family, or to pursue other interests. After searching on gaswork, indeed, etc... I'm finding a lot of part time and locums tenens work for CRNA's, but none of these opportunities for AA's.
So here are my questions.
1) Can you tell me how available part time work is for CRNA's? If you wanted to work a part time job right now, could you find one? Would you have to move? What would the pay sacrifice be?
2) Can you tell me if AA's have these same opportunities, or if they are reserved for CRNA's?
3) Can you tell me what you love or hate about your job and are you happy or remorseful about following the path that you did?
4) What do you predict will happen to the CRNA and AA job market / compensation (respectively or collectively) when health care reform happens?
Thanks in advance for your help and insight!