I graduated in May and never really wanted to be a CRNA all throughout school. I've seen a few during clinical in surgeries/procedures we got to watch and the work just never looked interesting to me.
All of my friends in nursing school wanted to be CRNA's. There were so many people who said they were going to be CRNA's yet just barely made it through our pharmacology and critical care courses. This isn't to say they won't make great CRNA's if they go that route, but their intelligence in the classroom didn't really reflect their ability to go on to such an advanced degree IMO. I've read lots of posts about people worried that the market may become saturated due to this, but a valid point always brought up is the selection criteria weed people out. Think back to high school and how many people said they were going to be doctors. Most likely only a handful, if any, actually went through with it.
I had the wrong impression of CRNA's based on what I saw them do. I saw them do nothing, which for the most part in a stable , "simple" case is true from what I gather. What I didn't see was how much work and effort went into prepping the patient for procedures/surgeries and the incredible amount of knowledge they have which can be put into use at the drop of a hat (or hair net, hehe).
I have given lots of thought to CRNA school over the last few months. I'm an independent RN in a large medical ICU and feel they're preparing me well. I get tons of vents and drips, extubations/reintubations same day, etc. I had the luxury of working with my first Swan a few weeks ago and was ecstatic the whole night seeing everything it could do, shooting outputs, wedging, etc.
I am always complimented on how well I understand pathophysiology and pharmacology (I'm a walking Davis Drug Guide lol), and I absolutely love unstable patients. All the things that excite me in the medical ICU appear to be things I would be surrounded by as a CRNA. I feel bad considering this as a future profession because I talked so poorly of it when I knew so little, but after all the posts I've read, people I've talked with at work, I know it's simply because I wasn't seeing enough of what the job truly entailed.
Short novel aside, is there anyone here who graduated/became an RN and never gave thought to the CRNA route until later on that wouldn't mind giving me some feedback? I know so many people that planned to be a CRNA from the get-go that I'm having a hard time finding people who were like me.