Hi everyone! My name is Nelson and this is my story. I graduated with a CRNA degree this year and obtained my dream job at one of the top hospitals in New York City. I’m also a member of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists. Personally, I learned firsthand the struggles of life as a CRNA with what worked and what didn’t work as I started out my career as a Nurse after school, became a Travel Nurse, went to CRNA School, passed the CRNA exam and found a top CRNA job earning a high CRNA Salary in New York.
The battle of life is, in most cases, fought uphill; and to win it without a struggle were perhaps to win it without honor. If there were no difficulties there would be no success; if there were nothing to struggle for, there would be nothing to be achieved. – Samuel Smiles
The best career and life advice I received has mostly been through word of mouth. When I was looking for information, I end up spending hours scouring the web for the best sources. To be frank, I would not be where I am without the guidance of my mentors and co-workers.
Vision: To be the leading career platform for aspiring, student and practicing CRNAs and CAAs.
Mission: To provide practical, insightful, easy to understand articles and services to help readers achieve success in the most efficient way possible in the profession of Nurse anesthetists and anesthesia assistants.
CRNA School and Life as a CRNA
- It’s a minimum 7 year journey from starting your Bachelor’s degree in nursing to reaching graduation at your CRNA school
- CRNA Tuition is expensive
- Combination of classes, studying, clinical hours, call shifts and board prep are tortuous
- Complete lack of work life balance
- Relationships are impossible to maintain
- Applying to different jobs out of State and getting licensed through the Board of Nursing
Would I do it again? In a heartbeat!
Why I created everything CRNA
I am very passionate and supportive for the profession of nurse anesthetist. In May 2019, I had the honor to travel to Harrisburg with over 180 CRNAs and SRNAs to speak to state representatives and senators to gain support for legislation that would officially recognize CRNAs as what they are: advanced practice nurses fully capable of administering anesthesia in every setting. My vision for this blog is to be able to return that favor in creating the leading career platform for aspiring, student and practicing CRNAs and CAAs. Ultimately, I want to share information on all aspects of nurse anesthesia along with advice to help others on their own nurse anesthetist paths.
I was considering becoming an anesthesia assistant at one point as well so I’ll share my research on that and how I reached my personal decision of becoming a CRNA. I hope you, as the readers, will find the information useful and will comment & share your thoughts as well.
So that wraps up my story. Like myself, this blog is a work in progress. I plan on posting a couple times a week and will always be updating and editing articles so everything is current. I welcome everyone’s thoughts and feedback. CRNA is a team sport and the unit is only as strong as the medical professionals in it and their ability to work together.
Please comment, ask any questions and I will get back to you as soon as soon as possible. I can’t wait to hear your thoughts, feedback, and suggestions for future topics. ^^