Pros (in no special order)
1. Individualizing anesthesia care to each patient
2. Independent practice--no doctors, no nursing supervisors, no hospital administrators telling me what to do.
3. Ability to have my own business
4. Pre and post anesthesia patient evaluations
5. Excellent income
6. Great professional organization--AANA
7. Many type of work situations to select
8. Necessity for constantly updating and evaluating practice.
9. Outstanding peers--there is no better group in all of medicine than CRNAs
10. Strong educational programs (however, we need a little less nursing theory and more science)
Cons (no special order)
1. High cost of malpractice insurance
2. Long hours sitting in one spot
3. Fights with anesthesiologists - related to money and power
4. No one knows who we are
5. Cold operating rooms and loud music -- my idea of anesthesia hell.
6. Those terrible rare moments of things like, unable to ventilate, unable to intubate.
7. Patients who are not honest about medications and history.
8. Surgeons who aren't very good (I don't work with any now, but have in the past)
9. OR personnel who think they know more about anesthesia than I do.
I could probably think of more, but in my opinion, the pros outweigh the cons. Understand that I have been doing this for many, many years and my answers would be different than one who does OB or works in a trauma center.