CRNA anything like nursing? - page 2

I was wondering if being a CRNA is anything like being a hospital nurse. The reason is I currently hate my RN job after only 6 months. I graduated from an RN program last May and am working... Read More

  1. by   dfk
    passgasser,

    HILARIOUS ~
    you are spot on ...
    some of these posts are so far out there, i wonder if they even have any clue as to what CRNA (SRNA for that matter) is and does..
    i've clearly found who i want taking care of my out of body experience should it arise... yea right !
  2. by   natrgrrl
    Whatnext--remember that there is a difference between the job and the profession. If it's not the required part of your job that you dislike, then maybe it's coworkers, lack of respect, policies, office politics or some other factor that will change if you change to a different department or different employer.
    But...if you don't like nursing, then don't continue your nursing education. That seems like it would be a waste of time and money.

    Maybe you should be pursuing MD, not CRNA.
  3. by   whatnext
    Thanks for your replies. I didn't mean to start any quarrels. I guess I pretty much knew the answer to my question before I posted--I've been doing
    research these last few years about CRNAs. I know the jobs are very different. I'm not looking for an easy job, nor am I just looking for a big salary (I won't lie though, that is an attractive perk). I am willing to work hard and dedicate myself to learning. I just wanted to know if anyone else felt this way before becoming a CRNA.

    I've been talking to some of the other nurses on the unit and they feel the same way about our unit and think certain changes would be helpful. We are the only unit in the hospital that draws our own blood for labs (lab draws it for everyone else), which can take up a lot of time when all 4 pts need labs throughout the night and in the morning, esp when they are hard sticks. We hardly ever have a tech either, which would help give us a little more time instead of giving baths (not that I mind doing them or don't think they're an important part of care) and getting snacks, etc. I'm trying to make the most of my time there and take home something new each shift. I've had some really crazy shifts lately, but I guess that's life. I much prefer the nursing side of health care as opposed to MDs, I feel like we're more holistic, spend more time with the pt, etc.
    Last edit by whatnext on Jan 17, '07
  4. by   deepz
    Quote from whatnext
    .......I much prefer the nursing side of health care as opposed to MDs, I feel like we're more holistic, spend more time with the pt, etc.
    And how!!

    http://www.gaspasser.com/unique.html



    deepz
  5. by   dfk
    Quote from whatnext
    We are the only unit in the hospital that draws our own blood for labs (lab draws it for everyone else), which can take up a lot of time when all 4 pts need labs throughout the night and in the morning, esp when they are hard sticks...
    just a small note to this... the SICU i came from did the same thing.. we were the only unit to not get lab to draw bloods.. their rationale was either many of our pts had arterial lines or "it's always been like that"... well, we put up a stink and told management that we deserved phlebotomy too... it did take a little time, but we won.. so, perhaps it can be justified on your end to let management know this... little things like this can really add up thru out the night
  6. by   jene2000
    ur right!am a third year nursing student in italy and am looking for a crna school allready!
  7. by   cozmo_blozmo
    I am a senior SRNA graduating in May 07 and can tell you the physical work of being a CRNA is a whole heck of a lot less than as a RN. I get my lunch everyday, plus at least 3-4 breaks per shift. No pain in the rear families to deal with and the pain in the rear patients are going to sleep. Anyone who thinks the physical demands of being a CRNa are harder than an RN need some organizational skills in their life.



    Quote from skipaway
    Cozmo_blozmo, I'd like to see you defend this statement. Are you a CRNA?
  8. by   jewelcutt
    Must be nice to get lunch and 3-4 breaks per shift. As a student I used to get lunch, and hopefully a morning break if my case wasn't just starting or ending. I also remember plenty of 12-16 hours days that were supposed to be 8. I find the work comparable to when I was an RN. The busy times and quick turnovers in the OR are comparable to the admits in the ICU physically to me.
  9. by   ann945n
    Quote from cozmo_blozmo
    CRNA is 1000 times better than nursing. Better hours, better pay, real autonomy and none of the complaining families or patients like on the floor. Work 1/10th as hard and be a million times happier with the job.
    *sigh* sounds like my dream job.... cant wait to get there someday
  10. by   CRNAGAL
    Cosmo is exaggerating a bit. Being a CRNA is hard work. There can be long hours, not every facility has shift work. When its busy and we are short I may not get a break, or take my break on the fly between cases. The job can be very high stress. Yes positioning patients, starting lines, hanging blood, checking sugars, act's, is a flurry of activity and very physical. Even sitting in an 8 hour case is exhausting. And now, instead of annoying family members, you get surgeons who can be a$$^*&*@ and you are stuck with them in the OR until the case is finished! CRNA's don't earn their money by sitting on a stool doing absolutely nothing.

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