by Dalton Sanders
(Van Buren, MO, USA)
I am currently a nursing student working on obtaining my RN. After which, I will earn my BSN; then I plan to become a CRNA.
I do not agree with the change from the MSNA to the DNP. CRNA’s are not considered to be doctors; neither are NP’s. I believe that CRNA’s can properly and adequately administer anesthesia without having a Doctorate.
If they are going to require that NP and CRNAs be required to have a doctorate, then they should do away with CRNA and NP degrees completely because if they are required to obtain a doctorate, then they should be a doctor. If a doctorate is required for a CRNA then they should just be called an anesthesiologist. Same thing goes for a NP; if that NP chooses to be a Pediatric NP and they are required to get a Doctorate, they should be called a pediatrician.
It isn’t fair to those who work hard and go to school to become a CRNA or a NP for them to be required to have a doctorate. The point of becoming a CRNA or a NP is because you don’t wanna go to med school and become a Doctor. If they make this change, then the amount of people going to school to become NP and CRNA’s is going to bottom out, because they can just go to med school and actually become a MD or DO. Unless once a CRNA or a NP earns their DNP, they can be referred to as an anesthesiologist or a Pediatrician or a family doctor, and actually be licensed as a doctor, its a stupid decision.
Comments for My opinion to the CRNA change to DNP
Jul 30, 2013
Once again I have to shake my head… NEW
I really try to sympathize with students like you who absolutely have no clue about what they are talking about. Once you have more education under your belt and understand the way that health care is going then maybe you can speak to doctoral preparation. Take my advice and do more research next time before you post something that shows your complete ignorance… Excuse me… I just have to shake my head for 5 to 10 minutes in total disappointment
May 02, 2013
Try and Understand NEW
This post is very ignorant in my mind. Doctors or MDs go to Medical School. A doctoral degree for CRNAs and NPs is much different; they are not claiming to be an MD and choose not to. If you want those credentials then just go to medical school. Being a CRNA means they have been a nurse working in direct contact with patients in an ICU setting and learning from the bedside. So one can actually have a life for a few years before going back to school (unlike MDA). I am currently an SRNA in the last few months of my program. You must be an SRNA or CRNA to understand where the profession is heading. Extending ones education is becoming a standard in all careers not just healthcare. It is the way of the world, it allows us to continue our education and be even more qualified for a very elite profession. Many CRNAs work in settings where they are the only ones administering anesthesia to patients. This requires one to be fully knowledgeable and aware of their practice. More education didn’t hurt anyone I completely agree, and much more research and understanding must go into a post like this.
Nov 11, 2012
Upcoming CRNA NEW
This post is for the nursing student called “upcoming CRNA.” The title infers that you are a registered nurse. It is against the law to call yourself a nurse when you do not have a liscense. You should not use the name “upcoming CRNA” until you have earned the credentials.
Jun 09, 2012
While I do understand where your opinion is coming from, I only partially agree. I do agree that forcing a doctorate on CRNA’s or upcoming CRNA’s is wrong but for a different reason.
Here in the USA, the people actually running the show do not want the competition that CRNA’s give to MD’s, even if there is an actual patient need for CRNA’s. Why do you think it is so difficult to get into a program? I don’t eat ideas such as it’s about the funding for the programs considering the cost of the program to the student! Don’t allow any MD to tell you that you’re less than they are.
I’m going to do everything I can in my power to get my doctorate in anesthesia. I believe the more education and training one can obtain, the better. I can’t wait to be a “doctor” and I will ask to called one because that is what I will be!
Feb 15, 2012
Learn about the fact NEW
Your comment makes no sense what so ever. Please research the facts first. Read watchful care. When has more education ever been a negative impact on patent care outcomes. I can tell by your statement you are not a nurse yet or falsely claiming to be a nursing student. You don’t seem to understand the background and future direction of the profession.