I’m a CRNA.
Having a DNP does not mean you get to call yourself “Doctor” in a medical setting. My sister has her PhD and would not call herself doctor in a medical setting. PharmD’s do not call themselves doctor. If you want the title then go to medical school or get your DNP or PhD and work at a university.
Even with a DNP I would introduce myself the same way, “Hi, I’m James. I’m with anesthesia”. If they call me doctor I correct them and explain who I am. Otherwise I leave it at that.
As for respect, good CRNA’s get respect bad ones do not, same as anesthesiologists.
For those who think it will make it too expensive, you can get all the money you’ll need for school, living expenses, etc. through student loans. Is it expensive? Yes. But now I make 5x what I did as a nurse. You’ll be able to afford it.
This would also weed out the people who were not committed fully. I have been a preceptor for many students. Most were bright and hard working. Some were idiots. That was probably more the fault of the admission process.
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