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Kelly asked in HealthOther - Health · 9 years ago

Nurse anesthetists please read!?

Hi! I'm looking at this career path but would like to know a bit more about it. Please answer some or all of these questions and feel free to add more info!

What does your schedule look like on a weekly and daily basis?

What are some pros and cons of this job?

Where did you go to college? For how long? (and any other details/advice about schooling)

How does this compare to being an anesthesiologist?

What are some common problems in your work?

Is it mostly math based?

Thank you!!!!

3 Answers

  • 9 years ago
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    No nurse anesthetist can tell you how their job compares to that of an anesthesiologist, unless they go to medical school and become one. They don't know what they don't know. Nurse anesthetists do not have enough education to even apply to medical school, and a fully trained CRNA has done fewer cases than a first year anesthesia resident. There is a HUGE difference.

    We, as anesthesiologists, frequently bail them out of trouble. They also get lunch breaks and go home on time, while the physicians stay to finish the cases.

    Some of them are excellent, and keep the supervising physician informed, and take direction when necessary. Others think they know it all, and can be dangerous.

    I no longer supervise nurses, but do all my own cases. I think the care I give is much better than that which most nurses can deliver.

    I can also answer the math part. You need to know basic math, but giving anesthesia is far more complicated than just calculating dosages. If that was the case, any monkey could do it. It's a combination of clinical judgement, and a knowledge of the pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of the drugs we use.

    Source(s): I'm an anesthesiologist.
  • 9 years ago

    To find out information about the profession, go to and even better, <>. has hundreds of threads about the entire process.

    Ignore what the anesthesiologist says. He is denying the facts that nurse anesthetists can safely administer anesthesia and have done so for many years.

    BTW, I love being a nurse anesthetist. It is absolutely the best profession there is. Continuing learning, one on one patient care, part of an amazing professional organization.

    Yes, you do have to be proficient in math.

  • guiga
    Lv 4
    5 years ago

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