"if you seek the good in people you will surely find it" Abraham Lincoln
Hi all I'm new here. I have been doing research on the Nursig profession and what specialties I could eventually go into. I have pretty much read all of the posts here and have looked at general Nursing and the NP site. Pretty good information. I am currently a SW Engineer, I want to change careers and work more directly with poeple. My girlfriend is a Nurse and has been telling me stories about what she does, its fasinating. I think this particular site (CRNA) is the most informative, you take the time to help people with their questions. So I guess here's mine.
I went back a bit and found the thread on MDA vs. CRNA, and I went there to read the 19 pages of debate. What concerns me is this. I plan on attending the Master's in Generic Nursing at DePaul. This curriculum was developed for people like myself that has a Master's already and wants to become a Nurse and take the necessary graduate level courses, someday to specialize. That site, studentdoc.net scared the she** out of me (pardon my French) these students really blew me away, SO I looked and compared the MDA program from one University with the Rush Pres. St. Luke CRNA program and my questions are:
1) Can anyone refer me to a site that has the details about a CRNA program? I.e. who teaches the classes and are the Anatomy/Physiology classes the same as MD's...where is the actual split occurring between MDA's and CRNA's.
2) Do you think with the creation of AA's that CRNA's will be pushed out because frankly it seems that that's what happened in the NP's with the creation of PA's
3) Can anyone refer me to a site or maybe actual experience (which is always better) on any CRNA research being worked on? This question came from the comments from the MD students who have made a point to say no good Anesthesia research and development comes from CRNA's.
4) Does anyone know if work is being done to add more MDA course material to the current CRNA course material in CRNA programs?
For me 2 years to become a Nurse and then another 2 years ICU experience (I don't think 1 year is enough for me since Nursing is a new field for me) is a big enough commitment, then to go to a school for CRNA training is again another 2 years of rigorous training only to see it dwindle away because of Dr.'s being jealous that CRNA's are independent, and that's what I got out of that 19 page thread, their real problem was the independent nature of CRNA's, not so much the money. I just want to make sure I'm making the right choice in the end I love people, I want to help them, I don't have a problem with Dr.'s having the upper hand, as long as they respect me. Eventually my main goal is to learn to become a Nurse, specialize in a field then eventually do research the final years of my life. I appeciate your comments.