Published Mar 11, 2003
Hello. I'm new to this forum. I've been reading all the different postings and have found all of what has been said very helpful. I currently work on a general Medical floor at a Major Hospital in Tulsa, OK. I've been an RN on this floor for 1 1/2 years now, and the unbelievable stress and pressure of having 8-12 patients each night is really starting to get to me. I'm becoming more and more miserable every day. Recently, I've been looking for a change, and becoming a CRNA was something I was interested in doing while still in nursing school, but since I found out there was no program here in Oklahoma and it was not feasible for us to move due to my husband's job, I dropped the idea without giving it another thought. besides, I was comfortable on the Medical floor at the time, and was (am) making fairly good money. I now know the type of nursing I'm doing now is not something I can handle for 40 more years of my life (I'm 25 years old currently). I started thinking about becoming a CRNA again, and talked to my husband about moving to Houston. He said as long as he could get a good computer job there, it wouldn't be a problem! I was so excited and the more research I did, the more excited I became. I still need to shadow a CRNA, but I feel really good about my decision. Primarily, I guess my question is this: I've heard all the good things about being a CRNA, but what negatives are there? Also, is there anyone out there any where that regretted their decision to become a CRNA and why? How stressful is the job, and how would it rank to the major stress I have now at work? I really like the idea of taking care of 1 patient at a time and having the autonomy that CRNAs do. Of course the pay isn't bad, either, but believe it or not, that's not the primary reason I want to do it. I like growing and learning more and being the top of my game. I don't feel like I am fulfilling that need now, as I am not able to give the best care due to staffing issues, increased workload, etc. It bothers me to settle for less than the best. Thanks for any advice anyone can give me. I appreciate it. Sorry this is so long! :)
Check into TCU, they will have a clinical site in tulsa this comming fall. You would only have to be in Ft. Worth for one semester.
I'm hoping that wherever I get accepted (preferably Houston or Fort Worth) I can stay. If I'm going to have to move my husband and I to Houston to attend school even for 1 semester, I'd like to stay there if possible. By that time, he would have gotten a good job in Houston, and I'd hate to say "Honey, sorry, but we have to pack up and move again." Any ideas? Don't get me wrong. I'll move if I have to, but I'd prefer to settle wherever I have to move to in the first place. You know what I mean? We own our own house right now in Tulsa, and we'll have to sell it and move because my husband can't make all the payments and pay all the bills on his income alone. It takes both our incomes now. Since I don't plan on working while in school, we're going to have to cut down on our expenses anyway. Also, I don't understand something. Why are people so excited about distant clinical sites? I understand it would be nice to have one in your home town like you mentioned, but you still have to move to the college site for at least 1-2 semesters for the didactic portion. To me, that would be almost impossible for the following reasons: We'd have to move to Texas for 1-2 semesters and then uproot again and move back to Oklahoma after jobs have been acquired, etc. Seems like such a hassel. Is there something I'm missing?? Maybe I don't understand. Thank you for your help, fence!
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