difference between Nurse Anesthetist and anesthesiologist - page 8

is a anesthesiologist the same as a nurse anesthetist? Just wondering although I am not yet even a pre-nursing student because in my life I have had four surgeries and may, in the near future,... Read More

  1. by   subee
    Quote from cmyoung18
    I have to agree with you, and you make the most sense. You work to live not live to work. I myself think CRNA's are fully capable of doing what they do, if they were do you think the state and government would let them work and do it? no. There is nothing wrong with the salary being paid, and not all anesthesiologist do it for the money, yes it has some to do with it but like you said you work to live and if you can help people at the same time, then why not

    CRNA and anesthesiologist both deserve their position. This year I'm actually starting my 4 years of undergrad to become an anesthesiologist.
    Just curious (really!): Why do you think, at your tender age, that you want to be an anesthesiologist? What is the lure for someone who has not even started college? What is the attraction and why do you think that you are suitable for the job and the job is suitable for you?
  2. by   Future-Male-RN
    I keep reading posts that seem to imply that it is wrong to be in this field if money is a good part of the factor. I feel that that is very unfair! No one works for free and if you are going to give your time and money (schooling tuition) they why not get the most out of it. Just because someone is in it for the money does not mean that are void of empathy. I know that if I do something regardless of enjoying it or not, I want the best compensation I can receive and there is nothing wrong with that.

    What I could almost guarantee, with all certainty, is that the ones here looking down on us, because we would enjoy the money that is allocated for such a position like this, would not walk into HR and tell them that they would take a RNs salary instead of the $XXX,XXX the title cost with.

  3. by   subee
    I don't think people are implying that you lacking in empathy if you become a CRNA purely for monetary reasons. No one should do ANYTHING in life just for the money. The point is that you can spend three years of your life in school and spend the rest of your life doing something you despise doing - just because its a good paycheck. Once you spend the years in school, its really hard to walk away from all that investment in money and having a life. Believe me, you EARN every dollar in anesthesia. It is incredibly stressful, most corporations are just as dysfunctional as the floor you came from and after taxes you're not rich. Its a wonderful profession for adrenaline addicts = keeps you on your toes.
  4. by   Future-Male-RN
    Quote from subee
    its a wonderful profession for adrenaline addicts = keeps you on your toes.

  5. by   leilrodgers
    I know there are differences between the two obviously, that's common sense. What I want to know is if the Anesthesiologist oversees the procedures, is he also there at the time the Nurse Anesthetist is overseeing the procedure or does he give the numbers to follow to the Nurse Anesthetist and leave the procedure? If the Nurse Anesthetist oversees the patient from beginning to end why have both? My opinion is the Dr. sets the amount of anasthesia to be used and turns the actual monitoring to the Nurse Anesthetist. Am I right?
  6. by   lyela
    Quote from DocHolliday
    Originally Posted by apaisRN
    I mentioned to a surgical resident that I was going to CRNA school. She said "That's a GREAT job, if anything goes wrong you just call the attending!"

    She hit the nail right on the head.

    Look, let's be honest here....
    Honest, yeah right!? What does the same surgical resident do when something goes wrong..... puts their tail between their legs and begs forgiveness from the attending. Honest is in short supply in these types of peeing contests. Hypocrisy and arrogance- we have plenty of.
  7. by   subee
    The person in the room, whether MD or CRNA is making any adjustment in the anesthetics. Generally, the MD stays until you drop the tube and then leaves. Then the CRNA conducts the anesthetic as needed. Every patient is different, surgeons are different, stressors are different. No one can "prescribe" an anesthetic and walk away. Why have both? Because it makes the most logical and economic sense for any health care system to provide the properly educated caregiver for the particular patient. Anesthesia, for the most part, isn't rocket science. There's no logical reason for anethesiologists to be at the bedside for bread and butter procedures (about 90% of the time).