Hello.. In the near future I plan to go to college and get my BSN. But at the very end of my education, I plan to be a CRNA because I am so fascinated by anesthesia, and also because of all of the other "benefits" of being a CRNA. My question is.. and I know nobody knows the answer for sure.. But now that the CRNA profession is becoming so well known ($$$ issues), is it safe to say that the CRNA salaries are going to continue to stay as high as they are now? I want to be a CRNA... And I could tell you 9 other people that I know PERSONALLY who want to be CRNA's also, basically just because of the $$$.
Do you see salaries decreasing in future years? I am just wondering, because if things go as planned, I should be a CRNA in around 7 years, and I dont know if there is going to be as great a need for them then as there is now.
Any thoughts? Thanks.
Apr 30, '03
I think it would be very wise for anyone thinking about the profession to first go shadow a crna and a ICU RN; I think this fad of becoming a crna just for the money will phase out. First you have to become a RN which at the undergrad level is a very painful experience, I don't know of any RN's who said they enjoyed it, you just endure it. And from what I have heard of crna school just multiply the stress and sacrifice. Not to mention in between undergrad. and crna school you have to do at least one year of critical care as a nurse, although the average seems to be 3-5 for most who eventually get in crna school. Big commitment, and when most confront this reality they will find an easier way to make a living. I don't think most people who are not already nurses, who are talking about becoming a crna, have a clue to the difficulty and length of time required to become one. So do yourself a favor and check it out before jumping into it. And I also don't think people outside of nursing realize all the scut work that is involved with being a RN until and if you get in crna school. You have to do plenty of dirty work i.e., clean plenty of crap and body fluids, you are also not always trerated as a college educated professional. The irony of it is until you get in a crna program you will probably be frustrated with bedside nursing, it offers plenty of responsibiltiy but hardly any autonomy and did I mention you usually work your ass of as a bedside nurse with bad working conditions to booth. I am not trying to be negative but I think we who are already nurses owe it to be honest about the challenges to becoming a crna and the crap you must put up with as a bedside RN until you become a CRNA. Good luck and I wish you the best. And part of the reason I am big on stressing all aspects of becoming a crna is because I got into nursing to become one and it has taken a long time to finally get to the point were I may be starting crna school, I have been a RN for 5 years and can not say I have really enjoyed being a nurse, I have loved the learning experience of working in an academic setting, but cleaning **** and have to wait on patients and doctors gets old after awhile. If I had to do it again I would have tried to get into med school, although is a harder and longer goal you are at least treated like a professional from day one and are taught to be in charge and make decisions, you will not experience anything like that until you get into crna school.
Last edit by MICU RN on Apr 30, '03
Apr 10, '04
Don't surveys show that nurses who make the most money (i.e. CRNA's, and other advanced practice nurses) also have the most job satisfaction?
As far as whether CRNA salaries will remain high, you might want to watch the AA issue. I believe someone mentioned on the AA thread that CRNA salaries have dropped in Georgia where there is an AA school and, consequently, more AA's working in that state.
Last edit by Sheri257 on Apr 10, '04