If you became CRNA for the money did you end up...... - page 2

End up loving it? I'm strongly considering CRNA school for many reasons but primarily the salary. My opinion toward anesthesia right now is that it's not a passion or anything, I don't love it, I... Read More

  1. by   gettingbsn2msn
    If you are a "people person" there is a good chance that you will not like being a CRNA. I am very outgoing and that is why I became a NP. I also love science. However, even the hospitals and private clinics do not want people persons anymore. They want robots lol! I have always been told I spend too much time with patients, BUT I always get good reviews.
  2. by   offlabel
    Quote from gettingbsn2msn
    If you are a "people person" there is a good chance that you will not like being a CRNA .

    How does this follow?
    Last edit by offlabel on Jul 17
  3. by   paramedic-RN
    Quote from PresG33
    The other factor is that, although the starting salary is nice, it isn't like CRNAs are getting rich. Most get out of school with at least 100,000 in loans, and, when you factor in not working for 2-3 years while in school, there is at least another 100,000 in lost income. Before I went to CRNA school I ran some numbers and I figure it will take me 5 years of working as a CRNA to "break even" from the school debt and lost income and actually start making money. If all you want to do is make money there are other careers (computers, business) that make much more. The CRNAs I know aren't driving Tesla's and living in mansions, they are comfortable and upper middle class but I wouldn't call them "rich". For me personally, I can't imagine being anything other than a CRNA which, as has been mentioned, is what keeps me going through the slog of school.
    That's a good point, I kinda forgot about that.
  4. by   WildcatMLS
    Quote from offlabel
    How does this follow?
    The whole point of CRNA is knocking out your patients as quickly and efficiently as possible. People persons probably want to be able to hold a conversation beyond "count to your age starting at 1..2...3......zzzzzz" :P
  5. by   offlabel
    Quote from WildcatMLS
    The whole point of CRNA is knocking out your patients as quickly and efficiently as possible. People persons probably want to be able to hold a conversation beyond "count to your age starting at 1..2...3......zzzzzz" :P
    Yeah.... no.... not the way it works.
  6. by   amzyRN
    If you are mostly motivated by money, I'd go into pharm/medical techology sales. With your medical background, you might be very valuable to a company and you wouldn't have to spend any money on extra education. You could also try to get into management which doesn't require extra money on education. For me personally, I would never spend money on something that I was not interested in.

    I think I would like anesthesia and the rigor of the program. I was on a pre med track to begin with so have all the prereqs, but would have to switch to ICU nursing and have not had the opportunity yet. So, for me, anesthesia school might be a choice in the future.

    I don't think it's ever wise to pursue something just for the money. Time is priceless to me and unless there is a deeper connection for me I would not do something and thankfully my circumstances don't require me to pusue a career mostly due to financial gain.

    In short, the fact that you are hesitant about your motives makes me think this is not the career choice that will benifit you. Money cannot buy happiness.
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  8. by   Beldar_the_Cenobite
    Quote from Bluebolt
    Trust me, I breezed through my BSN with very minimal studying, worked a full time job, played my Xbox, went out with friends. CRNA school is not even in the same solar system, especially with the DNP requirement and all the extra research and papers on top of the hard sciences.
    How the hell did you breeze through your BSN? And how the hell can I do the same? LMAO
  9. by   Beldar_the_Cenobite
    Why are people depressed coming out of CRNA school? $100,000 in loans...but you can't work as an RN part-time or per-diem while going to school?? Hospitals won't pay you or you can't find scholarships? I thought about getting my BSN and have dreamed of working two full time jobs my first year to pay off my loans if I can (I estimate $30-40K after BSN). What about working two full time jobs as a CRNA? Don't they work as much as an RN?
  10. by   FurBabyMom
    Quote from WildcatMLS
    The whole point of CRNA is knocking out your patients as quickly and efficiently as possible. People persons probably want to be able to hold a conversation beyond "count to your age starting at 1..2...3......zzzzzz" :P
    Admittedly, I'm not a CRNA. I am an OR nurse, and have been in the OR more than 5 years. That's not at all true. That's a very naive view of a specific practice area.

    Not all procedures are done under a general anesthetic. In my facility we do a fair amount of procedures under sedation. Perhaps other facilities don't do as many, or others may do more.

    Even if that weren't the case, there are arguably more skills required to convince a patient and their family to trust you to care for them or their loved one. You are meeting your patient for maybe 5-10 minutes before going back...not a lot of time to build a good repore.

    Besides, work relationships are different in the OR. We may not always have our patients to talk to, but there's almost always a group of people to talk to and work with. I find the interpersonal relationships better and more fulfilling in the OR than in other patient care areas.
  11. by   NevadaFighter
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  12. by   Bluebolt
    Quote from TheAtomicStig_702
    Why are people depressed coming out of CRNA school? $100,000 in loans...but you can't work as an RN part-time or per-diem while going to school?? Hospitals won't pay you or you can't find scholarships? I thought about getting my BSN and have dreamed of working two full-time jobs my first year to pay off my loans if I can (I estimate $30-40K after BSN). What about working two full-time jobs as a CRNA? Don't they work as much as an RN?
    Don't go to CRNA school thinking you'll be able to work any significant amount to cover bills or school fees. Most programs prohibit you working and all programs HIGHLY discourage it. The professors know what you find out as soon as it begins, you will struggle to pass if you try to work at all. One student in my cohort pulls about 3 shifts a month PRN because she's trying to cover the interest on her $100,000 school loans while it accrues. She is currently pulling her hair out stressed to just make a passing grade and she's a brilliant person. Those 3 12's she works a month equates to 45 hours lost that she should have been studying.

    Once you graduate as a CRNA many do work two jobs or pull 60 hours in overtime. The earning potential is definitely over $200,000 if you want it to be.
  13. by   Julius Seizure
    Quote from TheAtomicStig_702
    Why are people depressed coming out of CRNA school? $100,000 in loans...but you can't work as an RN part-time or per-diem while going to school?? Hospitals won't pay you or you can't find scholarships? I thought about getting my BSN and have dreamed of working two full time jobs my first year to pay off my loans if I can (I estimate $30-40K after BSN). What about working two full time jobs as a CRNA? Don't they work as much as an RN?
    I assume you are referring to the anecdote I told about my friend. The money wasn't the source of her depression - in fact, her entire schooling was paid for by her company.

    She was miserable because she found that she didn't enjoy the CRNA role, missed her role in the ICU, and didn't seem to fit in with the general culture of CRNA school/practicum. Now that she is working, she still feels the same way. It doesn't help that at her particular facility, there isn't a great relationship between the anesthesiologists and CRNAs, and she actually feels less autonomous and less respected than she did as a bedside nurse, which frustrates her.

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