Where do CRNAs go out to pasture?

  1. This is a half serious question, but I was wondering where CRNAs go after being CRNAs? I know after many years of ICU, I look at the people who are still ICU nurses after 30+ years and say..."that won't be me"! Can one keep up the intensity of being a CRNA until retirement? Can the CRNAs out there still see themselves passing gas at 65? I guess I am just pondering the longevity of a career in anesthesia, especially for us who are not really spring chickens anymore either. I know there are several people on this board who have been CRNAs for a long time, so I would love to hear peoples opinions about this. Thanks.
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  3. by   loisane
    That is one of the best things about anesthesia, the variety of practice settings.

    My solution to a more laid back job has been outpatient anesthesia at a surgicenter. All day shift, no call, no weekends.

    Some people design their own "job" by negotiating individual practice arrangements with surgeons, dentists, podiatrists, etc. You have to carrry your own benefits, which actually gives you more control over them.

    On the other hand, I have worked with many people who worked call right up until retirement at age 60-65.

    Even after retirement age, some CRNAs continue to do locum work. They can travel, and work as much, or as little as they like. If they don't feel energetic enough to do marathon call shifts anymore, those locum assignments do exits, you just have to know what you are getting into.

    So there are a lot of choices. Salaries are good right now, so with good planning, you can retire earlier than in other fields. But the provider shortage is so bad, it is a good thing that so many CRNAs only semi-retire.

    loisane crna
  4. by   yoga crna
    CRNAs tend to be more career oriented than RNs in general. As a result we tend to stay in the field for a long time. I personally know a number of CRNAs who retired and then started to fill in for others, essentially coming out of retirement.

    Personally, I plan to practice until I am 70, as long as I am healthy and make good clinical decisions. One of the things that make it such a wonderful field is the number of options out there.
    YogaCRNA
  5. by   TraumaNurse
    Thanks for your responses. It is always refreshing to hear the positive attitudes of practicing CRNAs. It helps to reinforce some of the many reasons why I want to be a CRNA.
  6. by   meandragonbrett
    Originally posted by TraumaNurse
    especially for us who are not really spring chickens anymore either.
    That is too funny! I've never heard that one before!

    Brett
  7. by   u-r-sleeepy
    I've been around CRNAs in their 70s - still sharp and like what they're doing. They're doing it because they still LIKE what they do! How's that for a "career choice"?
  8. by   CRNA, DNSc
    My Mom still considers herself a "CRNA" at the age of 77 but she practiced until the age of 68. There is a group of retired CRNAs that gather at the annual meeting of the AANA called the Anesthesia Pioneers (don't tell anyone but some of them haven't really retired!)
  9. by   blairparks
    As I just am looking around as I consider CRNA school, it is so great to see that there is still a love for what you do and as in all nursing an ability to move down different avenues. I am 31 yrs old and about to apply for school in the next year, I have a feeling you all have lots of insight, any suggestions or information is readily welcome.
    Thanks~ kb
  10. by   srnaKate
    What about teaching? I don't know about teaching SRNAs but that's a possiblity, or teaching at the undergraduate level. It's an alternative to passing gas, anyway. Just a thought.
  11. by   rn-tam2
    Quote from TraumaNurse
    This is a half serious question, but I was wondering where CRNAs go after being CRNAs? I know after many years of ICU, I look at the people who are still ICU nurses after 30+ years and say..."that won't be me"! Can one keep up the intensity of being a CRNA until retirement? Can the CRNAs out there still see themselves passing gas at 65? I guess I am just pondering the longevity of a career in anesthesia, especially for us who are not really spring chickens anymore either. I know there are several people on this board who have been CRNAs for a long time, so I would love to hear peoples opinions about this. Thanks.
    I have recently been applying to anesthesia programs, and had my first interview with my first choice school on the 15th, still haven't heard yet. :uhoh21: Part of what attracted me to the field was the positive attitues of the CRNA's I have worked with in the PACU. Sure they have bad days, but they overwhelmingly still seem to love their job, and have no plans to leave it. I can't say I have felt that way about staff nursing on any unit I have ever worked on. As they get a bit older I have noticed that many choose shorter shifts in my hospital or part time, but few are in a hurry to leave!They are also very committed to the practice and aware of national issues that affect them. Many I have or do work with have been in the field for 20-30 years which is amazing to me. I hope you all will wish me luck in hearing back on the interview soon. I really can't wait to get started. I feel like I have finally discovered what I want to do when I grow up after 13+years in nursing--it's about time! When you love what you do it doesn't seem like a job. Good luck.
  12. by   SproutRN
    Quote from TraumaNurse
    This is a half serious question, but I was wondering where CRNAs go after being CRNAs? I know after many years of ICU, I look at the people who are still ICU nurses after 30+ years and say..."that won't be me"! Can one keep up the intensity of being a CRNA until retirement? Can the CRNAs out there still see themselves passing gas at 65? I guess I am just pondering the longevity of a career in anesthesia, especially for us who are not really spring chickens anymore either. I know there are several people on this board who have been CRNAs for a long time, so I would love to hear peoples opinions about this. Thanks.
    On wonderful vacations, silly! :hatparty:


    Sprout

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