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by Topher53 | 3,174 Views | 20 Comments

After having completed a BSN program. How long until one becomes a crna? 2 years? Please and thank you!... Read More


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    Thanks for all the insight! My mother is a nurse, and I've shadowed her before. I like the prestige that comes with the title "Doctor" but the patient care that comes with nursing trumps that I think. I feel like I would get burned out mentally during the MD route, which Is another deterrence. That's why I've chosen the nursing route.
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    You can change your mind to different specialties in nursing along the way, too. More flexibility in some ways.
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    Quote from Rd2CRNA
    But an MD would give you much less of a life for a long time and much more student loan debt. CRNA's love their jobs, get paid great (more than some MD's) and don't have to work long hours like anesthesiologists.
    This is nonsense. CRNAs do everything that anesthesiologists do. CRNAs pull the same hours, the same amount of call etc. Only in some ACT practices will see CRNAs not pulling call while the MDAs do.
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    Quote from wtbcrna

    This is nonsense. CRNAs do everything that anesthesiologists do. CRNAs pull the same hours, the same amount of call etc. Only in some ACT practices will see CRNAs not pulling call while the MDAs do.
    It depends where you practice. Some CRNAs that I've known worked set hours M-F, no call, and were off weekends. It was just one of the perks of working with that practice.
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    Quote from wtbcrna
    This is nonsense. CRNAs do everything that anesthesiologists do. CRNAs pull the same hours, the same amount of call etc. Only in some ACT practices will see CRNAs not pulling call while the MDAs do.
    Yes, I know that CRNA's do everything that anesthesiologists do. And most of the CRNA's that I work with choose to pull 24 hour call. Almost all of the CRNA's that I work with choose their weekly schedule. I don't believe the doctors have this option.
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    Quote from Rd2CRNA
    Yes, I know that CRNA's do everything that anesthesiologists do. And most of the CRNA's that I work with choose to pull 24 hour call. Almost all of the CRNA's that I work with choose their weekly schedule. I don't believe the doctors have this option.
    That is just something hospital specific you are talking about and can not be compared to all of work done by CRNA and MDAs.
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    When applying to a CRNA program, do they only look at grades received during nursing school?
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    Someone I graduated with/used to work with just entered a CRNA program. We graduated in 2007 from our BSN program... she spent 3 years on the floor before she could get into ICU and then a year and a half in ICU before being accepted into the CRNA program.

    Assuming you could get a job in ICU as a new grad, there's still no way I could imagine that you could be done with a CRNA program 2 years after finishing your BSN.
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    Quote from Topher53
    When applying to a CRNA program, do they only look at grades received during nursing school?
    They will look at grades received in your college career. Your nursing courses and especially science classes will be looked at most closely.
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    I was afraid that was the answer. Thanks for the insight!


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