Overtime? - page 4

Do/Can CRNA's make as much as MDA'S, say if I was a CRNA and I was making 150k a year for 3 12's a week, if I worked 60 hours every week (like a md) would I make 300k that year? would they pay me that much overtime? would they... Read More

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    I am a new CRNA, finally earned my certificate and state license waaaay back in June. The facility I work is based on an hourly rate and OT for us is available via call for the general OR and for OB. Many of the CRNA's I work with earn $200,000 a year, like a previous poster stated, I have seen $300,000 per year, but they are few and far between.

    The whole money thing for motivation is a catch-22 position. Did I go into anesthesia for the money....well in a way yes, was it my main concern, no. But one of my goals in becoming a CRNA was to provide a better life for my wife and kids, so yes in a way money was motivation. However, I LOVE LOVE anesthesia and the care I provide my patients. Many patients are scared to death about their surgery, whether they admit it or not. Being able to talk to the patient about what I can offer them in the pre-op period, intra-op and post-op recovery and physically watching them relax when they have a better understanding is just cool.

    I do agree with KSCRNA, anesthesia is not shift work. I leave at all different times of the day depending on the case load for the day. Also monitoring of incoming students is important to maintain quality candidates coming into the system. I understand his/her concern, when he/she became a CRNA 30+ years ago, CRNA programs were sparse and classes were small. Today programs are popping up all over the place and class sizes are increasing, heck my class graduated 55. Has this been detrimental to the profession, I don't know, is the potential there, YES.

    Good luck with your future aspirations to become a CRNA, you have a LOOOONG, HARD road ahead of you. CRNA school is truly an awesome experience and being able call myself a CRNA finally is truly an unbelievable feeling.
    EmanEMT, scarcity21, and MEDBRAT08 like this.

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    I love nursing and couldn't see myself doing anything else. However, some days I seriously consider going back to my job at Home Depot because it was a lot less stressful. Granted I'm only 25 and have only been a nurse for two years. I love nursing so I couldn't imagine how awful it would be for people that get into it for the money. You don't get compensated for half of the amount of work you do.
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    Personally I think the best way for you to guarantee yourself a salary in that range is to become an anesthesiologist. You'll see a bigger return on your investment, especially after the DNAP becomes a requirement for entry to practice. As other posters have shared, $300k is a possibility, but more than likely you'd be working on the Mexican-American border on call 24 hours a day using halothane as your main volatile anesthetic. Or you'd be working on a military base overseas like in Afghanistan or something (not an unreasonable option actually). if you get a salaried job, you're done. A lot of them don't offer over time. Even if you work 60-70 hours a week, you get your base pay and that's it. Of course it's nice when you get a light weak when a lot of cases are cancelled too!
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    There is a huge gluttony in the market right now due to more CRNA schools. I have recently been asked to take a 25% cut in my salary because the market is driving down salaries and they will have no problem getting someone to replace me. However the MDA at my facility in the mean time gets to keep his outrageous salary.

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