Quote from ItsTheDude
makes sense, no reason for a nurse with a master degree (what most crna's are) to start at $125,000 (that's the avg starting salary).
1) Yes, most CRNAs graduate with Master's degree. What you seem to fail to realize is that CRNAs in general do about the double the course of other Master degree programs. That includes NPs and CNS or about triple for a Master's in Liberal Arts.
2) Market dictates salaries. Every professional organization is predicting with increased insurance coverage there is going to be increased demand for anesthesia/medical services.
3) Most nurses can't/don't want to (of all the people that say they want to be CRNAs very few of them have the motivation to stick it out for the 10yrs on average it takes to become a CRNA) do what CRNAs do, so for the foreseeable future there are always going to be more of need for CRNAs than there are CRNAs.
4) Next time your anesthesia provider does yours or your family members anesthesia and keeps them alive while the surgeon does things that would otherwise kill them why don't you tell them, I think you make too much.
5) Instead knocking the potential salary that CRNAs can make why don't you just be happy there is niche that RNs can train into that pays extremely well.
6) CRNA salaries are barely a drop in the bucket. You could cut every CRNA salary in half in the entire country and it still wouldn't change anything except the hospitals bottom line.