Do CRNAs and Anesthesiologists get along?

  1. I've been on the website, (MODERATOR EDIT OF SITE NAME), and there seems to be so much animosity towards CRNAs. I know those on the forum only represent a very small percentage of all doctors so I can't say all anesthesiologists hate CRNA.

    However, I can understand why MDs feel that way when they've been through years and years of school/residency just to feel undermined by another profession. But, I am also pretty disgusted by the things these bitter MDs have said in regards to nursing. Even though becoming a nurse does not require as many years as it does to become a doctor, I know how competitive nursing school can be because I'm currently working my butt. It's definitely not a walk in the park.

    I'll be graduating next year, and I have been considering CRNA as my next step towards higher education. I plan on shadowing a CRNA so that I can better understand the profession; however, with all this animosity, I'm kind of afraid of what kind of work environment I'll be working in. I don't want to go to work everyday having to defend my degree, education, and profession. I want to be able to collaborate with the anesthesiologists and surgeons to provide optimal patient care.

    I currently live in New York and hope to practice here; therefore, I want to know what it is like to be a CRNA in New York. But, I welcome CRNA from any state to answer my questions.
    Ultimately my questions are: Do CRNAs and Anesthesiologists get along? What is your work experience like as a CRNA? Do you have a good relationship with the anesthesiologists, surgeons, and staff at your hospital?

    If there is anything else you wish to add or any word of advice, please feel welcome to. Thank you for your time.
    Last edit by sirI on May 9, '12 : Reason: referred to/linked to an unapproved website
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  3. by   bibibi
    They get along pretty well where I work.
  4. by   PetsToPeople
    No matter what the situation, there is always somebody hating on somebody, that's just a part of human nature I suppose.
  5. by   subee
    Unless you're working way upstate in independent practice, you will be infantalized. I've noticed that the younger CRNA practitioners are OK with this but as someone who had to work independently nights and weekends from the getgo, I find it a reflection of that's wrong with the system. Wrong practitioner at the head of the table most of the time. Very expensive way to provide services. I don't think there's a lot of programs around anymore that teach students the skills they'd need if working on their own. Don't dislike the docs I work with..dislike the system.