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The lesser known aspects really depend on what type of setting you work in and what type of cases you do where you work. Large academic centers, small rural hospitals, surgery centers, endo centers, etc can all provide a very different career experience. I'm part of a group of 4 CRNAs and one MDA who cover two rural hospitals. It's a lot of responsibility and a lot of call but is rewarding financially and otherwise (I literally just got home from being called in to intubate and line up a very sick patent in the ICU). A girl that used to be part of our group wanted more time off and a more predictable schedule so she went back to The Big House and works Tue-Wed-Thur each week and that's it, no call or anything. Another guy that I used to work with is a 0.6 FTE at The Big House doing OB 7 nights straight and then has two weeks off in between those stints, during that time he picks up days at a few different outpatient centers (endo and eyes, mostly) or goes on vacation. Another guy I know is part of a small all-CRNA pain practice that travels around a few state region spending a few days at a time at different rural hospitals doing interventional pain procedures.On the topic of classes. @Carlos Danger and @E tank. Yall got any info worth considering or that you think is valuable for someone debating the CRNA route? I know the surface level concept, but I want to know the lesser known aspects of what yall do (good and bad) that you think people should know.
I'm leaning towards PA right now, but what I do know about a CRNA encompasses what's probably my favorite part of being a Paramedic.
One thing that I think most people aren't aware of is that anesthesia is, unfortunately, very political. That doesn't need to affect your day to day, of course; that depends on you and the culture where you practice. Another thing is that doing anesthesia isn't necessarily just sitting on a stool in an OR all day; there is a lot of opportunity to learn some cool skills and practice with a lot of autonomy and make a really, really good income and have a lot of flexibility in your schedule, especially if you don't mind living and practicing in more rural areas.