I hate when people accuse my pursuit to becoming a CRNA as solely dependent on the money. My general reasons.
1. I love the human body, I love controlling it, altering it, doing everything that I can to help make it better. Becoming a critical part of the surgical team would satisfy this desire.
2. I love learning. I hate sitting at work everyday knowing that there is a lot that I dont know. I know that my potential has not been reached, I know my understanding of my patients are not complete.
3. I love being hands on,.. I like seeing the benefit of my intervention. Whether this be titrating sedation and paralytics to get the best abg outcome or giving a real good enema (a really really good one, lol) and providing relief for a patient and preventing obstructions... I just love it!
4. When I walk into the OR or the SICU,.. it just feels right. I can't explain it.
5. The higher pay compensation is just a bonus... and it is nice to think that one day my family and I could be less financially stressed. But,.. If you look at my history,.. If you look at all the classes that I've taken and had to pay out of pocket for (thousands of dollars ppl), all the times I come into work unpaid to sit and listen to this educational program or etc,.. the time I spend reviewing research and then presenting it to my fellow employees .. I think you'll see that I do this because I love it not because of the money.
I think you have to appreciate bedside nursing first, appreciate the person as a whole, be able to help them medically and truly comfort them when they are at their most annoying before you can be entrusted to "give it your all" when they can't complain and you won't be seeing them and their family the next day.
good luck to everyone!!