Annie in Shirley, New York said: Thank you for the information it was very helpful. I was interested in becoming a Nurse anesthetist but everyone keeps telling me that any kind of nursing position is horrible.
There are basically two tracks to becoming an anesthetist. (1) being a cerified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA) or (2) being a Anesthesia Assistant (AA).
Both do the same work, but the nurse can practice in more states (which is just dumb politics going on there with that). Typically a RN is required to have at a minimum 1 year (usually more) of critical care experience before applying to CRNA school. The CRNA can work in a bit more autonomous setting compared to the AA; basically it's a non issue.
the AA program has nothing to do with nursing, and is generally a two year graduate degree program. The upside is that you bypass all the BS associated with floor nursing and being treated like a "nurse".
You do the prereqs, get admitted to AA school, pay $80k tuition; end of story.
The military uses CRNAs not AAs. Someone should sue. :)
Go for it. If you like the idea of patient care but want more of a medical vs. nursing job, then do what you have to do to become a CRNA... Who knows, you might fall in love with traditional nursing along the way however unlikely if you're set on anesthesia. ;)
If you want a two year graduate program and something more medical-like, without having to be a nurse, look at the AA option, AND also Physician Assistant (I'd opt for nurse practitioner over PA), or Pathology Assistant if you're into autopsies and grossing.
Shrug off the naysayers.
Wishing you the best- go get'm tiger!