What led you guys to choose to do anesthesia? What is your background? Here is my story:
I got my BA Biology from UNC-CH intending to go on to become a veterinarian, but found the nursing aspect more appealing to me. I had been working in vet field since I was 15! So, I then moved to Clearwater FL to got SPC to get my AS Veterinary Technology in order to become licensed as a vet tech. After graduating there moved to Fort Lauderdale area (where I had grown up till I was 8) where I got a job in a specialty animal hospital in the surgery department basically working as an anesthetist (and radiologist, picc nurse, wound care nurse, lab tech, or nurse, etc) for cats/dogs for 3 years and fell in love with anesthesia (and acquired a few cats :-P). I was using all of the same drugs/equipment for same type surgeries (laparoscopic, orthopedic, neuro, cardio, soft tissue, etc) as they do on humans. So, when the economy tanked and moral dropped at work, I had an epiphony that I could be doing anesthesia on people as a CRNA with more opportunities, money, and with a more depth of knowledge in anesthesia through school. SO, went to UM for the the accelerated 1 year BSN, did 1 year on tele, then moved into ICU. After 11 months I applied at FIU and GOT IN!!! This has been a dream in the making for over 3 years when I made the decision to transition to human nursing. Granted it has not been an easy journey getting here but I of all people know that life is not easy and it takes determination to make things happen! Anesthesia is what I love and I cannot wait to start doing it again and learning more about it :-)
What are your stories?