Patient contact preference

Specialties CRNA


Do any of you who are CRNA's miss the kind of patient contact you had as a floor nurse? If so why?

Or do you prefer the kind delivered as a CRNA?

My assumpation is that as a floor nurse may have some more time to bond depending on the specialty but the is CRNA focused on staving off the immediate threat of patient death were Morpheus and Thanatos are playing in the same play ground.

Again thank you for your responses,



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Salus - there is nothing to miss - you have one on one patient care for an entire case - you assure them going in and you assure them waking up - honestly - there is nothing better.


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I love what I am learning in the OR. Anesthesia is so cool.

But I do miss that continuity-of-care thing from my critical care days. Probably always will. I really enjoyed getting to know family, watching patients progress, and finding out "how it all ends" for patients.

I've actually been criticized for spending too much time chatting with patients prior to and after procedures. Theoretically, it could lag the OR if I don't learn to increase my turnover times. But, on the other hand, it has been shown that a good rapport with your patients decreases the chance of a negative experience and litigation. So, my extra attention will continue. I am a nurse, after all!


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i probably should clarify - i almost exclusively have done for me - the continued care of pt's was never there (accept the ones i hated to see every dang day for their pain meds...LOL) - so this to me is a more trusting and one on one relationship...and i love it..

good post althein.


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Thank you very much for the responses.

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