i get so tired of people talking down to others for wanting to be a certified registered nurse anesthetist.
*** i never heard of anyone talking down to a want to be crna. seemsevery body and their dog wants to go to anestesia school. i would esitmate that about 1 out of 2 of the new grads that apply to my hospital's critical care nurse residency admit to wanting to go to anestesia school. half of the rest want to go as well but know better than to tell people about it.
very easy to understand. pay vs level of responsibiliety for critical care, er and similar skilled nurses is way out of wack leading to consider it. crna can make decent money and best of all can have all the automomy they desire.
i want to be one and i don't care who have a problem with it.
*** i seriously suggest you reconsider. there are certain people who's problem with it can result in you not going. there are some icu nurse managers out there who are very supportive about it. however there are a lot more who are not. in my experience the second group far out numbers the first. nurse managers hate spending vast sums of money traing a new icu nurse only to lose them to crna school just when they are actualy becomeing useful to the unit (1-3 years). i know and have known icu nurse managers who will absolutly not hire anyone they suspect of want to be a crna. these same manager may even refuse to write the required reference letter, or write one so bad you wouldn't want anyone to see it. my last manager used to alwasy ask applicants to our critical care nurse residency program "where do you see yourself in 5 years?" specificaly to attempt to weed out crna wannabes. i know of cases where nurse managers have done internet and social media searches of an applicant looking for clues that they want to to anestesia school. also calling up nursing school
instructors and asking them if the applicant has ever expressed an interest in crna school.
there is a hospital not far from here and their icu nurse manager is so hostile she refuses to provide letters of reference for crna applicants from her unit. this has been a boon to the acute care manager of a smaller hospital close by. she lets if be known that if trained icu nurses want to come and work for her for 6 months or a year she will be happy to write a great reference letter to the anestesia school.
yes the money will be good, but it's also a dream of mines. there it is i said it. i do very well in school and i have the grades (well so far) to get into anesthesia school and i plan on doing it. instead of discouraging me cheer for me please and i will do the same for you.
*** hey i wish you the best of luck ( not that you will need very much as getting in seems pretty strait forward and relitivly easy). i have a ton of friends who are crnas or are currently in anestesia school. they have very high job satisfaction.