As a previous post eluded, there are many jobs out there with shift work. However, a lot of jobs require call as well. This does not mean you will necessarily be working more. But you do have to be cautious as to what call positions will entail. I even know some CRNAs that work shift work and also take call. Taking call position where you are in a "leaving order", usually results in your being able to leave based on when you 'where' on call or when you 'will' be on call, will usually allow you to be 'cut' [go home] when rooms start coming down. These sort of models often will have pre-call, post-call, and sometimes 'day of call' days off. I work in this type of paradigm. The disadvantage is never knowing exactly what time you will be getting off. However, as you become more familiar with the OR norms and customary times to leave in a specific leaving spot, you can usually guess when you might be getting out. The key to this type of model if not being short staffed of CRNAs. This will result in longer hours. At my facility, the docs and CRNAs are in the same 'leaving order.' This means that when the numbers of rooms down hits my spot on the list a doc or CRNA will relieve me to go home. It creates equity in our group. The leaving order is sacred. Right now I work around 38 to 40 a week, including my worked call hours.
The reality is, there are more ways to schedule anesthesia services than can be counted. In my area, there about 10 facilities all employing CRNAs. I don't think you can find two identical systems. Although, many will share common traits, the method or manner in which equity is achieved varies widely. One of the main reasons why CRNAs change jobs in the first two years is related to their understanding of what kind of schedule they want, to meet their varying needs, and the experience they gain over time that leads to a better understanding of how to attain it. It is very difficult to understand many of the systems out there while in school or just out. I hope this help--as complicated as it might sound.
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I'm thinking of specializing as a CRNA eventually and I'm curious as to what the normal schedule is for one. Monday-Friday? or Weekends and weird hours? I had originally planned on becoming a doctor but chose nursing for the heavier emphasis on human interaction and less demanding schedule in school/work. I wanted to have a life and a family. Being a CRNA seems extremely interesting and involves all the aspects of medicine that I was interested in but i'm worried it will be equally time consuming. Can you guys please give me some input?