Why a CRNA??

  1. Why a CRNA??

    Hey there everyone. I wanted to know WHY you all chose or are choosing a career as a CRNA. I know there's the $$$ issue but else?? What specifically inspired you? What do you LIKE about the Profession??

    Just wondering

    Matt
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  2. 21 Comments

  3. by   kkrnkk
    The CHALLENGE- the AUTONOMY- the ability to take care of patients at a much higher level- (still be able to do the things I enjoyed about nursing like teaching, interacting with patients and thier families, etc.) AND OF COURSE, THE COMPENSATION.
  4. by   Brenna's Dad
    Four or five things.

    1. Cash

    2. Interest in Anesthesia.

    3. Hours

    4. Challenge

    5. Autonomy

    (not in any particular order)
    Last edit by Brenna's Dad on Sep 29, '02
  5. by   meandragonbrett
    I've always wanted to do anesthesia, it intrigues me. Although, I never wanted to be a physician and was willing to do something else if I had to. But I discovered CRNAs through my mom and started reading and learning more and more about the profession. I saw the autonomy that they have and that they can function alone and that's what I wanted.

    Brett
  6. by   Brenna's Dad
    I have to admit that autonomy is also a big attraction for me. It's just getting a little tiring convincing residents that I really DO know what I'm talking about and that people DON'T always act like a textbook.
  7. by   Doug Cameron
    Brenna's Dad - your reply hit a chord with me. I have had the same experience. It hit me again today, as someone who I didn't know assumed I was ignorant because my nametag said "RN" after my name. Does it get any better in the OR as a CRNA? I realize there will always be ....personalities...who are insecure and like to demonstrate their superiority; but on the whole, do you think a CRNA receives more respect?
  8. by   AL bug
    Reasons for chosing CRNA

    1. Autonomy

    2. Getting to do the things about nursing I love (technical aspects) and not having to do so much crap work (pun intended)

    3. Physiology, Pharmacology, and relation to sciences

    4. Money

    5. Respect-yes I have seen the difference in the level of respect between RN's and CRNA's
  9. by   meandragonbrett
    I have seen the respect difference as well. The CRNAs where I work are looked upon very highly by all staff members.

    Brett
  10. by   smogmatt
    but what do you all mean when you say "the Challenge" what specifically?? to put it another way what would you tell your best friend when they ask at the end of the day "so what do you like best about your job" what do you say

    what single experience makes you say, as your are shuting your locker for the day "ahh yep that's what it's all about!!"

    just wonderin'

    Matt
  11. by   kmchugh
    Well, the challenge....

    I guess part of that is the fact that just getting here is the hardest thing I have ever done. I really mean, school was tough. Never worked so hard in all my life.

    Also, there's the challenge of a particularly difficult case, such as open heart surgery when coming off pump, or carotid surgery, or intercranial surgery. In most cases, there are a lot of different actions that could be taken at any particular juncture. Making the right choices, improving the patient's physiological status. Having the surgeon complement you at the end of a case, ask for you for future cases, because s/he knows you can be trusted to take the best possible care of the patient.

    Best parts? Man, thats a big question. I don't currently do OB, but there is enormous satisfaction in putting an epidural into a woman in labor, and watching her relax over a period of just a few minutes as it takes effect. The look she gives you as you leave the room. Coming back a few hours later to be present for the birth of a baby, to help with starting that baby out in life. "ahh yep that's what it's all about!!"

    Or going to see a patient preoperatively, finding out they are in terrible pain and frightened to boot. Being able to prescribe something to relieve that pain, and the anxiety as well. Or the feeling waking a patient up in the recovery room, and having them tell you the pain they had before surgery is gone. No, I don't do the surgery, but it wouldn't be possible without me. "ahh yep that's what it's all about!!"

    Or, like yesterday. Doing a monitered anesthesia care (MAC) case. These can be most challenging, since the patient is never put fully to sleep. The procedure is done mostly with local anesthetic, but you must be there to monitor, provide sedation. At the end of the case yesterday, the patient told me she was very nervous going in, but just the sound of my voice, confident and comforting (her words, not mine) really helped her get through a very scary experience. "ahh yep that's what it's all about!!"

    Kevin McHugh, CRNA
  12. by   gotosleep
    Wonderful response Kevin. I'm a first year SRNA and that is exactly what I needed to hear.

    randy
  13. by   Notanurse
    Hey Kevin,
    Reading your response about "putting an epidural into a woman in labor, and watching her relax over a period of just a few minutes as it takes effect. The look she gives you as you leave the room.", reminded me of my wife during delivery. The doctor that performed that procedure could have been a veternarian for all my cared. She loved him! You're right about that "look". That's when I decided to explore this field....can't wait to achieve those coveted initials.
  14. by   MICU RN
    I think it would be nice to work in a professional organization that seems to have their act together or should I say more together than general RN's. I like that fact that most crna's join AANA.
    I find that nursing in general gets walked over by admin. and puts up with way too much BS concerning work conditions and pay. The crna's seemed to get compensated much more fairly than reg RN's even though some have complained to me that they stilll don't make enough when compared to MDA'S. However, it is much better than bedside nursing, for example when I worked in the ER the ER doctors were making on average 4-5 times my hourly wage. I realize they take on most of the liability and have much more training but do you wonder why people are not going into nursing? I have many friends that are residents and staff and I am not saying they don't deserve to be compensated well, all I am saying is that nursing needs to be compensated better. Well off my soap box, and hey, these are just my humble opinions.

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