Thanks WeeBaby. I am a 1st year BSN student and have been spending alot of time considering where I'll land - or where I would like to land - when I graduate. My mind wanders often to the CRNA track...but the truth is, and I was just sharing this with my wife, that I was drawn to nursing originally because it would allow me to really exercise the care-taker role that is so natural to me and a part of my personality that tends to try and come out in whatever setting I find myself in.
I have spent a little time shadowing a CRNA, and I do understand that they do have some degree of relationship with patients and their families. But it is not the same degree of ongoing relationship capacity that is found in the NICU, for instance, where you have the patient and their family for a longer period to provide holistic care to. Although it's not quite 'the buzz' in the same way that being a CRNA is, I am getting back to my roots and remembering why I started this whole thing in the first place. And folks like you help me remember that.