This is becoming boring

  1. I'm 3 years into this Anesthesia profession, and I couldn't ask for a better gig; however, I'm bored. I currently work in a hospital with great people and stupendous benefits. Unfortunately, I really hate sitting behind the curtain for hours on end. I really enjoy the ASC setting, endo in particular. Things are fast paced. The day is over quickly. People are nicer. I get to talk to patients a bit more.
    I have to do something different even though I'm scared. I cannot waste away here. Sometimes I wonder if I should have become an NP. Hey, it's never too late.
    Anyone left a good job because of boredom. How did it go? Was the grass greener? Thanks for your feedback.
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  3. by   m1lkofamnesia
    Find a job in a free-standing GI center if you enjoy endo!
  4. by   Bluebolt
    As a student when I find out I'm assigned to GI Lab I regard it as almost a punishment. Lidocaine, propofol... just keep the line cloudy with propofol...chin lift. Ah, it's over. . wash, rinse, repeat. Of course, sometimes things go sideways but the majority of the time it's very very dull and doesn't engage any of the cool exciting parts of anesthesia.

    If you want to see patients and want to combine that with anesthesia do a pain fellowship and join a pain practice in a state that's legislatively friendly. You can always keep up a PRN job at an endo center if you like it.

    I know some CRNAs who also got their CRNP license and do a couple days a week in the OR and a couple days a week rounding on patients in the ICU. They also can admit patients if they need to after surgery and follow up with them later to manage care. You may find that more fulfilling so you can have the best of both worlds. I was told it takes about a year after CRNA school to get your NP license.
    Last edit by Bluebolt on Mar 6
  5. by   wtbcrna
    Take some vacation and try a locums position, a humanitarian rotation, try a different practice type, or go do a solo gig for a week. There are many different things to do in anesthesia but at the end of the day no matter where you are it's eventually going to become routine.
  6. by   BigPappaCRNA
    If you are doing it right (and it sounds like you are), CRNA can be a very boring job. The vast majority of the time, the case is not hard, the patient is not on deaths door, and everything is quite routine. The vast, vast majority of the time, what we do is easy, but we go through school to be able to handle the .05% of the time when it isn't.
  7. by   javadown2
    I don't know...it's hard to give advice for someone that appears to have already found their greener pasture by doing what you do now. I sometimes complain about my job but then realize from past experiences that the grass isn't always greener on the other side...and you have pretty much proven this fact because many many nurses want to make more money by getting more education and higher paid nursing jobs...and to what end...I'm bored now what? Be happy, enjoy life, get a hobby. If you want to do something different do it, but realize that it may not be "greener" on the other side!
  8. by   buspar
    Was the grass greener? I personal think everyone has different experience. I know a few NPs are not happy with their jobs, they decided to be a CNRA. They love it . One of my friends who was a CRNA, did not like it. He decided to go back school and be a FNP. He now works in a Student Health Center in one of the Cal Sate Universities in California. He wished that he would have not gone to CRNA School.

    "I really enjoy the ASC setting, endo in particular" <-- this ! this makes you happy. You should apply to the job that you enjoy working.
  9. by   Tacomaboy3
    Quote from Juanito
    I'm 3 years into this Anesthesia profession, and I couldn't ask for a better gig; however, I'm bored. I currently work in a hospital with great people and stupendous benefits. Unfortunately, I really hate sitting behind the curtain for hours on end. I really enjoy the ASC setting, endo in particular. Things are fast paced. The day is over quickly. People are nicer. I get to talk to patients a bit more.
    I have to do something different even though I'm scared. I cannot waste away here. Sometimes I wonder if I should have become an NP. Hey, it's never too late.
    Anyone left a good job because of boredom. How did it go? Was the grass greener? Thanks for your feedback.
    #firstworldproblems
  10. by   rhinoroc
    Considering the possibility that all of the problems and questions people post on here are first world problems, there's probably no need to post such a comment. It's just rude, annoying, and not helpful.
  11. by   Tacomaboy3
    Quote from rhinoroc
    It's just rude, annoying, and not helpful.
    I respectfully disagree. I think#firstworldproblems puts the situation in a different perspective, something that I think could be helpful. I get the OP is bored and may not find his/her job meaningful or challenging anymore, but he/she is also passively complaining about making well over a 6-figure income. I would think 99% of people would kill for that kind of money. The only other advice is simplistic: change your career path if you're unhappy or try to find more meaning in your current work.
  12. by   javadown2
    I agree and your right it does seem kinda petty that people complain about having such a great job and the worst part about it is that your "bored". I'm not putting him down either, because I've been in the same situation with my last career, I just got bored and decided to move on. But you know what..this is what is great about America/Freedom...do what you please and try to pursue the elusive thing that makes you happy. I had a reality check when I met my wife (from the Philippines) and I've seen first hand what the nurses endure while working for peanuts in the Philippines, we really should be more grateful (and I am!) for what we have!
  13. by   offlabel
    3 years isn't a long time at all and saying anesthesia is boring in the same breath as saying you like Endo anesthesia is kind of like saying baseball is boring but you like watching paint dry. Not trying to be cheeky but there is a whole world of anesthesia out there that doesn't involve ASA 1 and 2 outpatient procedures that is very rewarding for CRNAs and not the least bit boring. Maybe time to start networking?

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