Quote from Lionheart
I'm a student finishing up my BSN and I am a little bit concerned about the things I've heard. Quite frankly, I think I'm just as intelligent as any pre-med student in undergrad and if my mommy and daddy drove BMWs and Jaguars, I'm sure I would be one of them too. But we're all not born with a silver spoon in our mouths are we? Anyways, I see it as a law of supply and demand. Why can't a CRNA provide just as great anesthesia as an MDA? At a reasonable cost for the patient at that. So I ask you, starter of this thread, what can the CRNAs, SRNAs, and future SRNAs do now and later to help? And this really concerns me since I attend undergrad in Florida and would like to stay in FLA for MSN (anesthesia) too!
As someone said earlier it's all about money, power, politics. If CRNA's were incompetent then we would have been gone a long time ago. If they would just study up they would realize that CRNA's were around before MDA's and we did a fine job. The only reason they got into it was for the $$$.
You are right most of us are as intelligent, if not more than any MD around. Just because you have MD behind your name doesn't mean your IQ is higher than everyone around you (you wouldn't know this from the attitude sometimes). Grant you this attitude is from residents mostly who don't know what's going on anyway, they are young, smart, arrogant, etc. Most MD's realize that we are a team and are respectful.
What can we do to help. Support the AANA (they fight for us). Read, study and research some more...find out what's going on and determine what you believe about things. Just remember to be respectful at all times to everyone. I think CRNA's get a bad name because a few want to compare their education that that of an MD. Wouldn't you get aggrivated if you went to school forever and someone just discounted it. It's just like when some nurses tell CRNA's you are "just a nurse". It's an insult to all the hard work you've done. With that said don't let anyone make you think that CRNA's are any less functionally than an MDA. We do the same thing and we do it quite well. Just because we haven't done an internal med rotation, peds rotation,etc. We were just focused on one thing ANESTHESIA!