Former OR nurse here— I’ve always found that CRNAs are 100% competent to safely intubate and/or manage the sedated/anesthetized patient. Just because a higher level of training exists doesn’t mean it’s required to practice safely within a well-defined scope. I support the practice of having a designated anesthesiologist supervisor — it’s great to have a collaborative team — but it would be so excessive to require him/her to remain in the same room at all times. Talk about role redundancy!
For myself? Stay out of the hospital! I’m a generally anxious person, and acute care stressed me out. I work as a nurse educator for a primary care practice now, and am much happier not worrying about who is going to code or stroke out next!
Contemporary nursing is a job or career just like any other work. It’s manual labor in a lot of ways. The entry level wages are comparatively good because it’s tough work... but you don’t have to be a saint to do it!