So where to begin? I am a 25 year old working in a 15 bed general ICU. I have my BSN and have been trying to decide where to go from here. I was set on travel nursing for a year and then applying for CRNA. After shadowing a few of the CRNAs here at the hospital, I realize that while the money would be wonderful, the job was just boring. I once again started looking for other opitions. Last year my fiance was diagnosed with Stage Four Rhabdomyosarcoma with mets to the lungs. His prognosis is poor. We have started to see a severe decline in his overall health lately. Because of this I have decided it most important for me to stay in the area. We have a CRNP program close by that I could commute to. I have been shadowing a hospitalist and enjoy the work he does. (for the most part.) My question is do I jump the gun and enter into CRNP or wait and see if my goals change. I know if I take the CRNP route I want to do acute care and work in the hospital!!! I'm asking for some insite into the world of CRNP in Alabama. Things such as: are you doing the job you thought you would be doing? Are you getting to see and treat patients, or merely rounding and dictating for the MD? Are you hands on? (CVL placement, intubation, Chest tube insertion, sutures?) Are you happy with your job? Are you content with your salary? What are areas you tend to compain about? Any positives/negatives you wish to share?
Thanks guys! Just looking for some input from those who know!