I have a few questions I need answered. I am planning on going to CRNA school, but need some basic info. about the career. What part of the job is demanding on a person phisically? I have problems with my legs and was wondering if a career in nurse anesthesia is demanding on your legs pursae. Also, I am extremely family oriented, I enjoy medicine but it doesnt compare to being with my family. Would a job working strictly 40hrs. a week, and at the most 1 day out of 7 on call, be very hard to find? I know the most demanding time will be when I enter nurse anesthesia school, but thats only 2yrs, as opposed to a 20-30yr career. Any input on the work conditions and hours of work would be very helpful.
Apr 24, '02
The answer to your question about your legs is basically another question: How bad off are your legs? I have a torn ACL in my knee, with quite a lot of DJD. Due for a knee replacement at some point. Some days, I come home hurting from having to rush from room to room, then standing to watch parts of the surgery. Other days its no problem. I have just learned to put up with it.
As for hours, yes, there are some places that guarentee a 40 hour work week for their CRNA's. Generally, that equates to a no call position. But if you look, you will find such a job, no problem. There is such an anesthesia group here in town. But, if there is not such a group where you are, you may have to be willing to relocate.
See my original post under Becoming a CRNA... for more on work conditions.