What's going to keep you motivated???? - page 3

I start CRNA school this August at ODU and I know it's going to be all that everyone says and more, but what is the one thing that will keep you motivated when the going gets tougher than tough. I... Read More

  1. by   Qwiigley
    hey gee- that's not true.
  2. by   geecue
    Ok Qwigg.....whatever you say
  3. by   athomas91
    Geeque- believe it or not - there are alot of regular nursing jobs that pay in the 100,000$ range - so for all of us it is not purely money that motivates us...

    for others who have not started yet....after being in school a few months - you will realize that you couldn't go back to regular nursing if you wanted to - the one on one with your patients, the autonomy, the respect given to CRNA's...those all are very very motivating...and once you start - that big wad of money you borrowed to go to school will be another strong motivator...LOL
  4. by   WntrMute2
    Quote from geecue
    Lets not kid ourselves....we all know why we're in this: financial gain, better lifestyle. Yeah personal satisfaction and a sense of accomplishment goes with it...but anyone who tells you otherwise is lying.

    My CRNA buddies who are practicing now are living it up. Youre in an awesome field...you'll get through it fine. The pot of gold is waiting for you at the end of the rainbow...

    For those of you with $$ in your eyes, consider that 60,000 or so a year extra income doesn't really change one's lifestyle. Yes, you can buy a few more goodies but it certainly doesn't propel you into a new neighborhood or if it does, you will be back to the old rat race to keep up the lifestyle. I know lots of CRNAs with huge debts to pay because they bought fancy houses cars, vacations, jewlry, you name it, they bought it. Consider that you have lost income for greater than 2 years; 100,000 or so, paid tuition on the order of 30,000 and bought a couple of thousand dollars worth of books and attendance costs to meetings. Many of you will relocate at some cost. So to have to work at least 2 and closer to 3 years just to get back to where you were. In the meantime, you have lost seniority at the job you were at and stressed everyone that knows you to the breaking point. I'm certainly noe discouraging one from their goal of becoming a CRNA just have your eyes open as you make that decision. BTW, I have been out 6 months now and I just bought some pants.
  5. by   Kiwi
    Quote from WntrMute2
    I have been out 6 months now and I just bought some pants.
    I imagine that you must have been living in scrubs for the past 3 years. Congratulations on your purchase :hatparty:
  6. by   susswood
    Believe it or not, I am actually perfectly satisfied with the money I make as a staff nurse. I am always happy with my paycheck, and have plenty to live the lifestyle that suits me.

    The financial motivation for becoming a CRNA exists for me in one respect. I will be able to work part-time and make the same amount of money as I do now, but have twice as much time with my family. I will probably work full-time for the first few years to get the experience....then it's part-time for me. The money sounds nice, but I would rather spend time doing other things.
  7. by   geecue
    Quote from WntrMute2
    For those of you with $$ in your eyes, consider that 60,000 or so a year extra income doesn't really change one's lifestyle. Yes, you can buy a few more goodies but it certainly doesn't propel you into a new neighborhood or if it does, you will be back to the old rat race to keep up the lifestyle. I know lots of CRNAs with huge debts to pay because they bought fancy houses cars, vacations, jewlry, you name it, they bought it. Consider that you have lost income for greater than 2 years; 100,000 or so, paid tuition on the order of 30,000 and bought a couple of thousand dollars worth of books and attendance costs to meetings. Many of you will relocate at some cost. So to have to work at least 2 and closer to 3 years just to get back to where you were. In the meantime, you have lost seniority at the job you were at and stressed everyone that knows you to the breaking point. I'm certainly noe discouraging one from their goal of becoming a CRNA just have your eyes open as you make that decision. BTW, I have been out 6 months now and I just bought some pants.

    POINT taken.
    One thing I have to add though, $60,000 gain a year over a ten year span is a considerable difference, even with the two years out with no income and the debt accumulated from school. I did the quick math.
    Bottom line is for ME, I'll be so much happier as a CRNA than a bedside RN.
  8. by   Athlein1
    WntrMute, you are so right on. I know a few new CRNAs who couldn't wait to spend that paycheck, bought all sorts of material trappings, and are now scrounging for call and extra time to try to pay it off. Sad - and more than a bit stupid.

    Susswood, I am with you. Better income as a CRNA just means I can work reasonable hours and still make a good living. There are plenty of nurses on the West Coast clearing 100k working 3 12s per week!

    And GeeCue, speak for yourself, man. Not all of us are in this for the cash.
    Last edit by Athlein1 on Jun 14, '04
  9. by   geecue
    LOL....dude chill out.
    I was just expressing my opinion. Everyone knows the rough rides coming in school. But don't take it out on me just because you get your *** kicked in clinicals.
  10. by   BDD
    I have been watching this thread with great curiosity for the past few days and I thought I would put in my $.02. Granted, the money is nice and definitely a job perk, but after being in the OR and seeing what CRNA's do, I felt that it was definitely the job for me. The biggest motivator for being a CRNA is the fact that all but one that I have talked to say they LOVE their job. In contrast, 90% of bedside RN's hate their jobs. That speaks volumes to me. I can't wait until the day I get those 4 initials behind my name and do something that I love to do. The art of intubating, autonomy, job opportunities, etc... and oh yeah, the paycheck won't be too bad. To each their own as far as motivation for CRNA, so long as "we" continue to provide excellent care and improve the profession.
  11. by   susanna
    Quote from geecue
    LOL....dude chill out.
    I was just expressing my opinion. Everyone knows the rough rides coming in school. But don't take it out on me just because you get your *** kicked in clinicals.
    You have a blunt point that makes me think about my pre-chosen profession. I think Id still be going back to school for all these years to become a CRNA even if I thought I'd only be making 40,000 a year as a regular 50-hour/week nurse but, at the same time, I I'd be REALLY, REALLY dissapointed if the salary was lowered that much. A HUGE motivator for me is that I'll be making a good amount of money and it does make me feel better when I think of all the school and studying but that isn't the base motivator.

    I think most people here would still do it anyways because anesthesia is just so interesting. So, to answer a second time the OP, I like the frame of mind it takes to do anesthesia and I think a lot of us probably enjoy this getting our ***s kicked a lot in school and clinicals because we know it is giving us the chance to do something unique with our lives that not many people will get the chance to do. Or, at least I do (maybe this is too much information, sorry allnurses.com)
  12. by   SRNACHIC
    You all crack me up. It's not that serious. I guess we can all say what motivates us to become CRNA's is that same thing that motivates us from day to day. Family, fortune, future, and a little bit of fame and when it's all said and done, we want to look back and say that we made a differance.
  13. by   ZAHMAN
    Quote from SRNACHIC
    You all crack me up. It's not that serious. I guess we can all say what motivates us to become CRNA's is that same thing that motivates us from day to day. Family, fortune, future, and a little bit of fame and when it's all said and done, we want to look back and say that we made a differance.


    Amen, sister!
    ZAHMAN

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