CRNA's are still acting under the MD license and direction.......and technically orders. I believe a MD needs to be present on induction and emergence. If you want the pay of the MD then go to school to be one. It taks 4 years of pre-med, 4 years of medical school, 3.5 years of anesthesia and another 2-5 if they specialize like Open heart or transplant near death anesthetics.
You are a nurse. A CRNA is a specialized nurse. You have 4 years BSN, 15-18 months masters, 1 year critical care experience and 2.5 years CRNA school (when you add all these up...24 months+ of schooling). You go to school less and pay less liability, you will paid less, although still a great wage due to only go up. It really really annoys me sometimes....
this line of thinking. NP's are not MD's and CRNA's are not MD's........you are nurses with specialized training that entitles you for more automony and responsibility and therefore more money, but you remain a nurse.
I know I will be flamed.:flmngmd:But here it goes.........
If you want the pay and responsibility of the MD...go to school and be one.
I just hope that the draw of the money for becomming a CRNA is not all about the money but for the love of anesthesia...........Good luck! peace:heartbeat
EDIT 9/2/11 For all reading this post.....continue reading before you flame me, there are some very interesting discussions about this very obvious HOT button topic.......I have cried uncle and conceded to agree to disagree.