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For CRNA (nurse anesthetist): How do you balance work/life/family?? Is it worth it?

Posted in Working Mothers on 29th December 2010

For CRNA (nurse anesthetist): How do you balance work/life/family?? Is it worth it?
Hi there,

I’m a radiologic technologist with my BS in health sciences and considering going back to school to get my Accel. BSN with a goal of becoming a CRNA. I have alwasy considered nursing as a career, was actually accepted to a BSN program out of high school, but decided to take another route and get my radiography degree (2 year AS program). I am almost 23, female, no kids, and figure I would finish my MSN CRNA degree by the time I’m about 30 (start 15 month ABSN May 2010-Aug. 2011, 1-2 years ICU exp., 28 month MSN degree). I was fairly shocked with the job market for radiographers when I graduated school (only 1 person out my graduating class of 20 got a full time job!). I have been working per diem for the past two years since I graduated (from my AS) and transferred to get my BS degree full-time. Now that I’m done with my BS degree, I still can’t find FT employment (I need health insurance!), and am really disappointed with the hourly wage in my state (new hires only start at $ 16/hour!) when the cost of living and taxes in my state are very high! I have been taking a few night classes in computers/networking while working per diem, thinking I might be able to get into PACS/RIS administration or other dept. network systems admin. in the hospital (or any business), but still not too sure about the employment reliability in the computer/IT area either…

I love working with people, caring for others, but was always a little “nervous” about all the procedures/responsibilities nurses have (although we do our share of fun as rad techs, too). I know I could do if I put my mind to it… I had a fairly easy time in college with good grades (3.85 graduating BS GPA, and I took pre-med science courses like Bio, Chem, Physics, etc). I realize the commitment and challenges of nursing school and the CRNA program and fully respect anyone who goes through it! I like the idea of becoming a CRNA, more autonomy, you pick your place of work and hours, better pay, more specialized, etc. The only thing I am concerned about is how women (and men) out there balance family life and work life. I am in no hurry, by any means, to get married and have a family, but by the time I graduate CNRA school, I may thinking of that. I don’t plan on having a huge family or being a stay at home mom for life or anything like that… I just want options and don’t want my career to completely rule my life. How do you guys balance your career and other aspects of your life? I want a family first, then my career, not the other way around! Is CRNA the career for me? Or is it a full-time, life changing comittment? I realize one must love their job and always be focused on continuing education and what is best for the patient… but I also want a job that I can leave at the hospital and come home to my family and still have “other interests.” No offense to anyone, I don’t want to be an MD or work 80 hours a week (I have huge respect for those who can do that). I just want a stable, rewarding career that will allow my family and I to live confortably and happily. I know it may be somewhat stressful of a career (as there is stress in ANY job), but don’t want it to affect my entire life (is there a high “burn out” rate like there is in some other nursing specialties?) I would also like the opportunity to maybe work part-time if I have kids…

What are you opinions? How do you balance work and home life? Would any of you do anything different (if you could go back)? Is CRNA a good “mothers” career? Is it worth all the time and training you put in? Thank you for your time and opinions…

Best answer(s):

Answer by formerly_bob
One of my friends is a CRNA and the reason she became one was to reduce the number of hours worked (and increase her salary). She works at an out-patient surgical center, and all of the surgeries are usually finished by noon or earlier. She is done when the last patient wakes up, which typically ranges from as early as 11:00 am to around 3:00 pm. There is no second shift, so there are occasional days when things are behind schedule and she might not get home until 5:30 pm. She works 4 days per week, and averages just under 8 hours per shift.

Some considerations: no weekends, no late shifts, occasionally on call, variable hours, usually work in pool of nurses that can cover for each other.