Experienced CRNA...ask me anything - page 7

Okay...If you've read my posts you know that I will be retiring soon. Now is your chance to ask a practicing CRNA anything. 12 years of experience from solo rural independent to... Read More

  1. by   Bluebolt
    nomadcrna sounds like the ASA's worst nightmare. They would lose their mind if more CRNAs started showing their ability to practice to their full scope independently. Although, I'm sure they'll be fine as long as so many CRNAs sign up for comfy ACT jobs where an MDA has to watch you push your induction drugs because you're too uneducated to do it alone.
  2. by   06crna
    Quote from Nurse4486
    Thanks for your time and honesty answering questions.

    I am currently a NP and looking to go back to school for CRNA. I have always been interested in anesthesia but was worried about losing patient interaction. I have reconsidered because I would like a job that is more shift work and I don't take it home with me as well as challenged daily. Do you know anyone that is a NP/CRNA and do you see any added benefit of having the two degrees?

    Thanks.
    Nomad answered better than I ever possibly could.

    I know a few CRNAs that were NPs prior to school, but they are all employed by anesthesia management companies in ACT practices. Surely they call on their NP knowledge base, but none keeps their NP certification/practice current.

    I do not know any CRNAs that obtained NP after CRNA, but Nomad's example shows how beneficial this could be in clinical practice.

    I will add that if you are seeking "shift work" you are less likely to find yourself practicing in the very independent setting that Nomad enjoys - even more so if you wish to remain in a desirable urban/suburban area. Research well, especially if you are geographically-restricted, to make sure that the jobs available to you will fit your long-term personal and career goals.
    Last edit by 06crna on Aug 8
  3. by   offlabel
    Quote from Bluebolt
    nomadcrna sounds like the ASA's worst nightmare. They would lose their mind if more CRNAs started showing their ability to practice to their full scope independently. Although, I'm sure they'll be fine as long as so many CRNAs sign up for comfy ACT jobs where an MDA has to watch you push your induction drugs because you're too uneducated to do it alone.
    Be careful about chest thumping. ASA types look at examples like this as an admission that nurse anesthesia training and experience alone is inadequate. You aren't an NP so you're a lesser anesthesia provider than someone that does. See how it works?
  4. by   TrumpOnRoids
    Hi 06crna, I have a question about EEG and consciousness.

    EEG is a good indication of consciousness. Are there cases of anaesthesia awareness where the EEG readings did not show any signs of consciousness?

    I'm asking this because many people under anaesthesia/cardiac arrest report floating on the ceiling and can see what's going on. Some people say it's anaesthesia awareness.

    So I was wondering if you knew a case where EEG did not show any signs of consciousness, yet patient still experienced anaesthesia awareness.

    I read a few anaesthesia awareness and it doesn't seem like they hallucinate floating on the ceiling. Do you have links to credible research on anaesthesia awareness?

    I'm really interested to know if these float-on-ceiling things are real, for obvious reasons.
    Last edit by TrumpOnRoids on Aug 15
  5. by   nomadcrna
    We don't use EEG during anesthesia. Some will use a BIS monitor but the literature says that it is pretty much useless.

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