OK, I'm looking for YOUR opinion. In 1993, I left the military, with the intention of becoming first a nurse, then a CRNA. Last August, I realized my goal, graduating with an MSNA, and have been a practicing CRNA ever since. Throughout my career in nursing, I have noticed a prejudice among many (but not all) nurses against CRNA's.
This seems to be particularly true in nursing academia. When I started nursing school
, we were asked what we thought we would be doing in our nursing career. I (being naive) honestly stated what my plans were. From that point on, I was treated differently by many of my instructors. When I was accepted to anesthesia school, one of my BSN instructors expressed regret that I was "leaving nursing."
I have my own thoughts on why this is true, but these are my thoughts. I'm really interested in hearing the thoughts of others.
If you are a nurse who has no problem with CRNA's, but has an opinion on why this is true, tell me what your opinion is. If you are a nurse who does not like CRNA's or believes as my instructor did, then tell me what you think, and why. I really want to know. You don't even have to tell me what side of the question you personally fall on.
A caveat: I have asked for your opinion. That being true, I won't be angry at you for giving it to me. I won't flame anyone who responds. I really want to know your opinion, whatever it is. I'd ask any other respondents to this question to show the same courtsey. I want this to be an honest, frank discussion. Flaming someone for being honest and frank serves no purpose, other than to try to shut that person up. I don't want to shut anyone up.
I am really curious about this, and I want honest, even brutally honest answers. Thanks.
Kevin McHugh, CRNA