Do you miss the pace of ICU?

  1. For all you CRNA's...do you miss the pace of ICU? I love staying so busy that 5 or 6 hours have passed before I even get a chance to glance at a clock. They know to give me the sickest patients with the most lines, drips, vent, etc because I want to stay running from the time I walk through the door until I leave. How does the OR compare?
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  2. 4 Comments

  3. by   PTU2SLP
    I think you should shadow a CRNA at a major medical/trauma center. You'll find what you need.
  4. by   justif99
    I don't miss it at all. You can find the excitement if you want it. My days in the OR seem to go by much faster than they ever did in the ICU...especially since I work a lot less and make a lot more.
    Justin
  5. by   ali anesthesia
    Just compare how much burn out there is in ICU and anesthesia. Being a CRNA is more of a career than most other types of nursing. How many older ICU nurses do you find? Most CRNAs consider anesthesia as a life time career.

    Just my thoughts.

    Happy to be in anesthesia, love the work, good reimbursement, nothing beats the opportunity to be independent and make my own decisions regarding patient care.
  6. by   japaho41
    Quote from ali anesthesia
    Just compare how much burn out there is in ICU and anesthesia. Being a CRNA is more of a career than most other types of nursing. How many older ICU nurses do you find? Most CRNAs consider anesthesia as a life time career.

    Just my thoughts.

    Happy to be in anesthesia, love the work, good reimbursement, nothing beats the opportunity to be independent and make my own decisions regarding patient care.
    Good Point!
    I would like to add to you comment on comparing the burn out in the ICU. You will find on occassion nurses that have been in the ICU 20+ yrs and some of which have lost the desire to be in the ICU about 10 yrs ago. Can be difficult to work with those types that just don't want to be there anymore but are afraid to try something new.

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