Quote from cns48
Does this make you angry as a CRNA and why did you decide to become one? I do not think it is wrong to want a career or position that gives you good financial compensation, but I think it is wrong to based your decision on that one thing. I think people do not consider that first of all the competitiveness of the programs (to get in) and the high level of autonomy and skill the job requires.
What do you all think?
I'm in the same position as you. I'm not a nurse yet but am waiting to get my ADN or BSN to eventually get my CRNA. But I thought I'd contribute because I want to her what other people have to say too.
Actually, the high level of autonomy and skill and the diffculty of the CRNA traning program were the first things I considered before deciding to become a CRNA. I already have bought graduate level gross anatomy, pharmacology, and physiology books and have already witnessed a few surgical procedures with CRNA doing the anesthesia and stolen a few of their drug tabbie thingamajiggers to look at, seen yucky naso intubations w/o sedation and positioning problems and all. Also, I know of no other nursing student in my nursing class who wants to be a CRNA.
Brief, from my experiences, I think that the amount of students seriously wanting to go into CRNA may be very overrated. A lot of people may be driven to talk about it and say that they too would like to become a CRNA for what you say is now a six-figure salary but I really don't think they're considering it seriously. I know plenty of people who's ears perk when they hear of a six-figure salary and who like to talk about that
but who would NEVER want the responsibilty for being an anesthetist and never want to go to school for it.
So, while there is alot of talk and chitchat, I don't think any real applicant bases their decision solely on the salary. I'm still wavering about my decision when I think of all the stress and responsibilty that may be involved. So, I think its not something to worry about
: from what I've seen, its probably the more well-informed people who actually get around to applying.