Experienced CRNA...ask me anything - page 8

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   offlabel
    Quote from NewCRNA01
    I was recently accepted to a school that is ranked highly on US news report, #5. Seems to be a well known school. Was also accepted to a school ranked in the 20s that would be more affordable. Any advice or suggestions on how to choose?
    I briefly worked with a guy from the "number one ranked" school (out of Virginia at the time, can't remember the name.) One of the most ill prepared CRNA's I've ever met, but his incompetency was only surpassed by his complete unawareness of it until the day he was fired. Take that for what it's worth, but it's true.

    You don't name names, but by and large, with few exceptions, it isn't really the training program at the end of the day. It is the individual. Sharp, experienced, situationally aware people that lack hubris, show up early, stay late, exhibit intellectual curiosity will rise to the top regardless of where they are. Unfortunately, "resting on your laurels" isn't just a trite cliché. Great credentials and a prestigious program is no guarantee of an even marginal CRNA.

    But just for arguments sake, what 2 programs are we talking about here?
    You don't mention the schools by name.
  2. by   BigPappaCRNA
    Those rankings are completely meaningless. Number 5 vs number 20, just doesn't matter. Look at their clinical training, their rotations, etc. The school ranking from US News should NOT factor into your decision.
  3. by   CRNA2b3
    If you can do it all over again, would you become a CRNA? What did you like least about the profession? What did you like most about the profession? Are you switching careers?
  4. by   offlabel
    Quote from CRNA2b3
    If you can do it all over again, would you become a CRNA? What did you like least about the profession? What did you like most about the profession? Are you switching careers?

    1. Yes
    2. The self aggrandizement of some (probably the minority) that fuels the political scene, both anesthesiologists and CRNA's.
    3. I'm a millionaire with at least 10 years to go.
    4. Not planning to.
  5. by   CowboyMedic
    Quote from offlabel
    1. Yes
    2. The self aggrandizement of some (probably the minority) that fuels the political scene, both anesthesiologists and CRNA's.
    3. I'm a millionaire with at least 10 years to go.
    4. Not planning to.
    How long did it take for you to pay off your student loans?
  6. by   offlabel
    About 7 years.
  7. by   Oldmahubbard
    Great that you have some real money in the bank! So many APRN's don't save, even if they could. They start buying 5000 dollar refrigerators and such.

    My question- did you change your lifestyle at all when you started making real money?
  8. by   offlabel
    Quote from Oldmahubbard
    Great that you have some real money in the bank! So many APRN's don't save, even if they could. They start buying 5000 dollar refrigerators and such.

    My question- did you change your lifestyle at all when you started making real money?
    Not to hard to live better than a grad student with even a modest salary. I don't live like a Saudi prince, but I'm free to pursue my leisure interests pretty freely while meeting my family obligations with a comfortable margin. That said, I know folks that are in my tax bracket that are hand to mouth because of really dumb lifestyle choices. There are limits....
  9. by   Bluebolt
    Let's not forget that according to CNN Money (link below) a single CRNA earning even below the average salary is still in the top 10% of earners in America. If you have a husband and wife who are CRNAs they could definitely earn in the top 1-2% of incomes in America. Yeah, so there's that.....

    If you still can't seem to get ahead in life with all that then you've obviously got a big problem. Similar to those huge lottery winners who end up broke in 5 years.


    How close are you to the top 1%? - CNNMoney

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