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Lol, I can't argue over something neither of us have much experience with: being a pharmacist.

Anesthesia is stressful. Life is stressful.

wtbcrna, MSN, DNP, CRNA

Specializes in Anesthesia.

Lol, I can't argue over something neither of us have much experience with: being a pharmacist.

Anesthesia is stressful. Life is stressful.

No, but at least I have experience teaching pharmacy students during their clinical rotations. I got to learn a lot from those students. Their world is totally different than anesthesia.

subee, MSN, CRNA

Specializes in CRNA, Finally retired. Has 49 years experience.

Not say becoming a CRNA or a Nurse is easier than becoming a Pharmacist or anything. But I feel like going to pharmacy school in impossible for me now because my grades. Is getting into a nursing program (getting a BSN or MSN, i don't know which one) after a BS in a non-nursing major easier than getting into pharmacy school? What do you guys think? Based and would like to stay in Southern california.

If you want to stay in southern Cal., getting a nursing job is a big issue. Turnover is very low and I've read on this site that unemployment for new nursing grads in Ca. is 48%. CRNA jobs are also becoming scarcer - especially in desirable locations.

subee, MSN, CRNA

Specializes in CRNA, Finally retired. Has 49 years experience.

I believe it is all relative.

It may be a different type of stress, but stressful all the same. CEO's, CRNA's, PharmD's, Accountants and Realtors all have perceived work stresses, but to say one is less than other just because it is in a different environment doesn't mean one should downplay it. Sure, lives may not be in their hands, but a lot of money, people's jobs, and supporting a family are all stressors.

Oddly enough (and with a grain of salt) not a single healthcare profession made it into Forbes list of top 10 stressful jobs... most of the jobs held no live's in their hands (with the exception of airline pilots and fire fighters).

Yep. My worst memories are organ donations from young people and having a dead baby during C-section and having to just go on because we had two more "emergency" sections that had to be done right away. Can you handle having a young patient die on the table? One criminal managed to get a knife through the aorta and the vena cava. Bloodiest case ever did. You can't leave to pee. You can't go home at scheduled times because there's no one to relieve. Days go by with no break and lunch eaten out of your pocket. The production pressures can be so great that you live in constant fear of making a stupid mistake because you are soooo rushed and it's going to get worst! Anesthesia corporations want to make money. They're not interested in you having a nice life if it's going to cost them money. This is the reality. So if you think you can spend your life in that kind of environment, then go for it. I loved giving anesthesia but there are so many factors that take a lot of joy out of the work.

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I am in anesthesia.... I am aware...

subee, MSN, CRNA

Specializes in CRNA, Finally retired. Has 49 years experience.

Screen name: My comment was to the OP. Sorry if that wasn't clear to you.

Ah, ok. I was confused. Haha, sorry. :up: