Wondering what the future holds...
by, 09-06-2010 at 11:30 PM (3797 Views)
Interesting conversation the other day...
I was sitting with a couple of people from my group and we were discussing the future of anesthesia in general. It is always interesting to see the drastic difference in opinion from one person to another.
One fella was saying how we should work like DOGS now because 5 years from now we (CRNAs) will be making 90K a year at best and floor RNs will be lucky to make 40K.
Another fellow (one of our MDAs) was talking about how he thinks he wont have a job in 5 years because CRNAs will take over everything.
Still another guy said he feels it will all stay the same and while salaries will not increase they are not likely to go down. He called it a "cyclic event in anesthesia" after looking back at his 30 years in practice.
I tend to think a bit differently than all of them. In my opinion the future of healthcare will be driven by economically responsible and high quality safe anesthesia care. I think there will be room for both CRNAs and (albeit much less in the OR) MDAs. I generally feel that salaries will not change much either way. I think we have capped now and that the MDAs are on the way down. Overall, I think there will be a bolus of new CRNA jobs as we see more practices expand the use of CRNAs and opt out occur in all states in the next decade.
I do not see a doom and gloom future for us, I see it as bright and full of opportunity for those willing to take the leap. For those not willing, who are looking for jobs spinning knobs on a stool going home at 3 pm.... good luck.