What is the difference between a CRNA and an anesthesiologist?

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    ...besides the amount of education and the fact that one is a nurse and the other a doctor. I've read that a CRNA does more "straightforward" cases in contrast to an anesthesiologist. I'm not sure if that is true or not. Any info. is greatly appreciated.

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    Quote from nursingstudent2458
    ...besides the amount of education and the fact that one is a nurse and the other a doctor. I've read that a CRNA does more "straightforward" cases in contrast to an anesthesiologist. I'm not sure if that is true or not. Any info. is greatly appreciated.
    http://allnurses.com/gsearch.php?cx=...gist&sa=search

    Try doing a search for crna versus anesthesiologist. There are several threads already on the subject. You can also look on AANA.com for more information.

    FYI: There aren't any type of case that MDAs do that CRNAs do not do.
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    Thank you.
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    Besides the wage (CRNA is missing a zero at the end of the yearly pay) I don't think there is a big difference, I've seen better patient care from any CRNA than from MDA, and many of the Dr's that I work with agree!
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    Quote from gonzalal
    Besides the wage (CRNA is missing a zero at the end of the yearly pay) I don't think there is a big difference, I've seen better patient care from any CRNA than from MDA, and many of the Dr's that I work with agree!
    IMO the anesthesia providers that spend their time in the room taking care of patients the most do the best at patient care, not the ones that sit outside the OR doing preops all day. This can be CRNA or an MDA, but of course you can't bill for four rooms simultaneously if you are actually doing your own cases all day.
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    Quote from wtbcrna
    IMO the anesthesia providers that spend their time in the room taking care of patients the most do the best at patient care, not the ones that sit outside the OR doing preops all day. This can be CRNA or an MDA, but of course you can't bill for four rooms simultaneously if you are actually doing your own cases all day.
    Agreed! Just like any flavor of doctors, there are some that are amazingly humane and great at what they do, and there are some that approach a case like a mathematical equation and correspondingly provide as much regard for human life!
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    I make about half of what an MDA makes, but I make more than general practice ir general surgeons. There is not a zero missing after crna pay, unless anesthesiologists make a million a year.


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