difference between Nurse Anesthetist and anesthesiologist

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    is a anesthesiologist the same as a nurse anesthetist? Just wondering although I am not yet even a pre-nursing student because in my life I have had four surgeries and may, in the near future, behaving another.
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    Quote from megkirpas
    is a anesthesiologist the same as a nurse anesthetist? Just wondering although I am not yet even a pre-nursing student because in my life I have had four surgeries and may, in the near future, behaving another.
    An anesthesiologist is a doctor that has specialized in anesthesia. A nurse anesthetist or CRNA for short (certified registered nurse anesthetist) is a registered nurse that worked in a critical care area for at least 1 year (usually much more) before returning to school for 2+ years for specialty training in anesthesia. CRNAs are masters prepared. (except for older ones that trained prior to a masters degree requirement.) Both anesthesiologist and CRNAs are very educated and capable of delivering quality anesthesia care. The main difference in my opinion is that CRNAs bring compassion and a human touch into the anesthesia setting.
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    Quote from WAREAGLE
    An anesthesiologist is a doctor that has specialized in anesthesia. A nurse anesthetist or CRNA for short (certified registered nurse anesthetist) is a registered nurse that worked in a critical care area for at least 1 year (usually much more) before returning to school for 2+ years for specialty training in anesthesia. CRNAs are masters prepared. (except for older ones that trained prior to a masters degree requirement.) Both anesthesiologist and CRNAs are very educated and capable of delivering quality anesthesia care. The main difference in my opinion is that CRNAs bring compassion and a human touch into the anesthesia setting.
    I think it depends on your provider...I have seen some CRNAs who bring no human touch to the OR and others that bring a bunch...there are anesthesiologists who bring compassion and human touch and others who bring nothing muych negativity. The big differnce.anesthesiologists are doctors, CRNAs are nurses...both are capable.
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    Quote from sonessrna
    I think it depends on your provider...I have seen some CRNAs who bring no human touch to the OR and others that bring a bunch...there are anesthesiologists who bring compassion and human touch and others who bring nothing muych negativity. The big differnce.anesthesiologists are doctors, CRNAs are nurses...both are capable.
    I agree both types can be compansionate or non-compasionate , but all in all CRNAs has a whole are more attentive to the patients emotional needs and are more comforting. That is a huge part of what a nurse brings into any area of healthcare.
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    About $300,000 per year.
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    One is for patient care..the other is obviously in it for the money

    Quote from Laughing Gas
    About $300,000 per year.
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    Last edit by Ventjock on Feb 12, '08 : Reason: ignorant
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    Quote from ramiro_ac
    Medschool 4 yrs bach, 4 years med school, 3 minimum anesth residency
    The correct math would be: 4 yrs bach, 4 yrs med school, 1 yr internship, 3 yrs anes. residency = 12 years . Then add another year 1 to 2 years if a fellowship is done.

    (also shows how much crap is show in med school is never used)
    Actually, that a lot of that crap is what anesthesiologists need for areas of critical care medicine, pain medicine, and research. Critical care and pain medicine are both within the scope of anesthesiologists and are also areas that they can obtain subspecialty certifications through fellowships.
    Last edit by AWDC on May 8, '05
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    I asked the same question about a year ago, and got a lot of responses. Here is the thread. In general, be keen to who is posting a response to your question, as the web is anonymous and opinions are varied.

    http://allnurses.com/forums/showthread.php?t=61459
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    Quote from ramiro_ac
    the docs? i dont think so, other specialities make around that range...lemme turn it around now...how many nurses make $90K minimum starting????

    and dont include travelers or agency.

    yeah i could throw that same argument back to you. to the OP the diff is um...

    Medschool 4 yrs bach, 4 years med school, 3 minimum anesth residency

    CRNA 4 yrs BSN, 2 yrs MSN-CRNA....say 2 yrs exp ICU min

    thats 11yrs vs 6 yrs
    while CRNA school is incredibly difficult, mds have to go through mcats, usmle step I, II, and III and take written and oral exams at the end of their residencies. one has gone through probably the hardest schooling while the other has had 2 yrs of hard schooling.

    somehow CRNA's tho are capable providers! (also shows how much crap is show in med school is never used)
    Well, if the docs aren[t in it for the money why do I see posts on SDN that ask questions referring to how much money can be made in gas, which residencies are the easiest with the most money, how gas is better paid than some other specialties? In addition, I frequently hear physicians talking about their houses,cars, etc...sometimes CRNAs as well...but the comment ab out
    $300,000 just solidivfied my opinions that many MDAs are in it for the money.


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