As a new CRNA, I still have scut work, but it mostly involves doing pre-op assessments and post-op rounds. My days are still crazy busy, but there is much less secretarial work, waitressing, and appeasing people (except for the surgeons!!). Some days can be quite long and boring, when I am stuck in a long case like a lap gastric bypass where the lights are off and I am getting sleepy and just dying to get up and walk around or talk to someone. Other days I am in the ENT room and I barely have time to finish my paperwork before we are on to the next case. On those days I run to drop my patient off in PACU, see the next patient and start the IV so the surgeon isn't kept waiting. Yes, there is still paperwork, and if it isn't right, some administrative person will come after me to fill in a surgical end time or procedure on the anesthesia record, but I am not filling out a million braden assessments or restraint documentations! If I feel the patient needs some metoprolol I give it-- no hunting down an intern for an order. I feel that being a CRNA is a lot less emotionally draining as well-- I no longer have to deal with family members who have a loved one dying on a vent and 3 pressors making the tough decision to withdrawl care. That being said, some surgeons can be very difficult to work with, and there are a lot of very different strong personalities in the OR, so it takes a certain assertiveness and skill to deal with this.