I'm 3 years into this Anesthesia profession, and I couldn't ask for a better gig; however, I'm bored. I currently work in a hospital with great people and stupendous benefits. Unfortunately, I really hate sitting behind the curtain for hours on end. I really enjoy the ASC setting, endo in particular. Things are fast paced. The day is over quickly. People are nicer. I get to talk to patients a bit more.
I have to do something different even though I'm scared. I cannot waste away here. Sometimes I wonder if I should have become an NP. Hey, it's never too late.
Anyone left a good job because of boredom. How did it go? Was the grass greener? Thanks for your feedback.
Find a job in a free-standing GI center if you enjoy endo!
As a student when I find out I'm assigned to GI Lab I regard it as almost a punishment. Lidocaine, propofol... just keep the line cloudy with propofol...chin lift. Ah, it's over. . wash, rinse, repeat. Of course, sometimes things go sideways but the majority of the time it's very very dull and doesn't engage any of the cool exciting parts of anesthesia.
If you want to see patients and want to combine that with anesthesia do a pain fellowship and join a pain practice in a state that's legislatively friendly. You can always keep up a PRN job at an endo center if you like it.
I know some CRNAs who also got their CRNP license and do a couple days a week in the OR and a couple days a week rounding on patients in the ICU. They also can admit patients if they need to after surgery and follow up with them later to manage care. You may find that more fulfilling so you can have the best of both worlds. I was told it takes about a year after CRNA school to get your NP license.
Last edit by Bluebolt on Mar 6
Take some vacation and try a locums position, a humanitarian rotation, try a different practice type, or go do a solo gig for a week. There are many different things to do in anesthesia but at the end of the day no matter where you are it's eventually going to become routine.
If you are doing it right (and it sounds like you are), CRNA can be a very boring job. The vast majority of the time, the case is not hard, the patient is not on deaths door, and everything is quite routine. The vast, vast majority of the time, what we do is easy, but we go through school to be able to handle the .05% of the time when it isn't.
I don't know...it's hard to give advice for someone that appears to have already found their greener pasture by doing what you do now. I sometimes complain about my job but then realize from past experiences that the grass isn't always greener on the other side...and you have pretty much proven this fact because many many nurses want to make more money by getting more education and higher paid nursing jobs
...and to what end...I'm bored now what? Be happy, enjoy life, get a hobby. If you want to do something different do it, but realize that it may not be "greener" on the other side!
Was the grass greener? I personal think everyone has different experience. I know a few NPs are not happy with their jobs, they decided to be a CNRA. They love it . One of my friends who was a CRNA, did not like it. He decided to go back school and be a FNP. He now works in a Student Health Center in one of the Cal Sate Universities in California. He wished that he would have not gone to CRNA School.
"I really enjoy the ASC setting, endo in particular" <-- this ! this makes you happy. You should apply to the job that you enjoy working.
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