So I am a 22 year old student nearly done with my pre-reqs with the track to go to nursing school
. I paid for my past education by being a fabricator/welder which I enjoyed doing but it wasn't my long term path. I have been on this path for the past year and a half but then I had a new experience. This Thursday (2/2) I shadowed a CRNA just to learn more about the job and see if it was something I may be interested in for the long term. So long story short I spent about 9 hours in the OR at University of Minnesota Children's Hospital watching a full knee replacement, a couple Arthroscopic procedures and a Bronchoscopy.
I found the CRNA's job really interesting, but I was absolutely ENTHRALLED with the surgeries. It was absolutely one of the best days of my life and seeing the process was one of the most fascinating moments of my life. I've been loving my science classes but I believe this day turned my heated passion for medicine to a roaring fire. The attending could tell I was highly interested in what was going on and made a point to explain some of the things they were doing. This leads to my question.
How much involvement do scrub nurses have with surgeries? Is there ways to go through extra certifications to get more hands on responsibility in an OR? Do NP's have the ability to assist with major surgeries in the OR?
Now for the question I am nervous about.
Does this mean I am more cut out for pursuing med school? Being a "normal" physician doesn't appeal to me all that much, but seeing that Orthopedic surgeon work was more motivating than just about anything i've experienced.
Would love to hear some of your thoughts and questions. Im hoping to get down from this mountaintop feeling so I can make some serious decisions.