Rural vs. Metro for Practice

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    This question goes out to all practicing CRNA's. Any SRNA's might be able to have some useful input as well, so that would be appreciated!

    I am starting nurse anesthesia school in fall in an inner city setting. The majority of our clinical sites are obviously inner city, but we have a good 20-30 hospitals we rotate through, some smaller community/rural hospitals, and one is in the straight up boonies. The reason they offer this rotation is because the hospital is pretty much run by CRNA's. I knew from my own research that it appears it might be fun, to be able to perform everything you learned without dealing with an ACT model. I plan on going there when it comes up as a choice in school.

    For those who have practiced or having rotated through a rural/community hospital, what did you think? Is it actually quite a bit more autonomous to work in versus a large inner city/metropolitan hospital? Did you find yourself without resources you wish you had like a large ENT group, or did you get by just fine?

    Any other input is appreciated. I know I'm a long way off from picking a place to work in, but I'm trying to learn as much as I can about the different settings in the few years I've got left. Thanks!


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