Hey RedCell and others reading this thread........after getting through the "Report of the AANA Task Force on Doctoral Preparation of Nurse Anesthetists" (which, by the way, had entirely too small of a sample size.....so take it with fair sized grain of salt), i am starting to understand more point of views on the subject. I think it is very important to understand where everyone is coming from on the subject, including but not limited to the crna schools, the -ologists, the currently practicing crnas with no masters as well as those with masters degrees (concerning being grandfathered in), current crna students, new grads (concerning going back to school) and me, of course.
I would recommend the read to everyone here. It has some interesting points. A couple of things that i read i would like to point out.
This comments is completely asinine and will only cause more of a rift between nurses and docs....the comment went something like this: CRNA school is like doing medical school and residency in 2 years.
Now, i know it is only one comment, but it is comments like these that can sour the relationships between entire anesthesia groups.
Personally, i think that there should be stratification regarding pay and or benefits for crnas with any sort of post masters degree.....seems like good old capitalism will bring us that way anyhow.