Welcome

I am a certified registered nurse anesthetist employed at an academic medical center in a major metropolitan city. I also work in numerous private practice settings.

In 2014, I graduated from a nurse anesthesia program with over $130K in student loan debt. I don’t have any credit card debt. I rent. I’m a classic HENRY: high earner, not rich yet (tongue in cheek).

So, what kind of site is this? To be honest, I can’t define it. This site was originally developed to serve as a guide for prospective individuals interested in pursuing nurse anesthesia as a career due to the fact that I remember having a very difficult time finding information about how to get into a program aside from a handful of nursing discussion forums that one accidentally comes across during their search.

Additionally, I’ve noticed that there have been a dearth of blogs aimed at providing tips to the new grad CRNA on managing their personal finances. I’ll be honest. As an RN, I never really thought about retirement. Sure, I saved some money in a 403(b), but I could never really discern the difference between a 403(b), 457(b), or 401(k). Terms like asset allocation and diversification meant nothing to me.

I also had an interest in private practice but had a difficult time finding someone who worked in private or knew someone who worked in that arena. Additionally, it’s not like anyone readily shares information about what it’s like to work in a private practice setting. For whatever reason, CRNAs (at least in my neck of the woods) are very secretive about working outside jobs. Go figure.

Well, that’s all about to change because this blog details my experience of getting into school, what my life was like during school, and what my life has been like as CRNA. This site is basically an accumulation of information I’ve gathered over the years and hopefully you’ll find some of this information useful. In no way, shape, or form am I an authority on any of the topics I’m writing about. I’m a CRNA. My only job is to provide a safe anesthetic to a patient. Everything else is just filler, but I’m going to do my damnedest to share what kind of filler I’ve discovered. If you happen to notice some factual errors, then I encourage you to call me out because at the end of the day, there’s too much information in this world for one to act like he/she knows everything.

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7 thoughts on “Welcome

  1. Thank you for putting yourself out there for us to all learn from your experiences. Iā€™m a future SRNA, prepping my apps for attempt #2 to get in. Gave in and now studying for the GRE so I have more options available. Hoping to learn something valuable from your blog.

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  2. I honestly have just combing through your website for about a half hour or so. I am a new grad nurse with aspirations of going to CRNA school. Keep making content, I love the advice and tips. With the softer financial guidance outlooks for 2019-2020, will you continue to invest in stocks at the same ratios or will you allocate more money to cash & RE investments? It is interesting to hear your take.

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    1. Hi! Thanks for reading and I appreciate the compliments. In answer to your question re: my finances, yes indeed I intend to continue allocating my assets in equities mainly because I’ve got 20-30 years (hopefully 20) of work ahead of me. Quite frankly, I’m not concerned if my retirement portfolio or even my brokerage portfolio goes to hell. #1) I’m not a financial guru nor do I believe I can outsmart the market. #2) I subscribe to the efficient market hypothesis. Because of that, it circles me back to #1. At the end of the day, if I don’t believe I can outsmart the market (which I can’t because my full time job is anesthetizing people as opposed to being a financial trader), then I’m going to focus on index funds that mimic the stock market. Over a long term horizon, it’s basically a given you’ll average 6-8% annual growth on your investments, which is fine by me. #3) I’m in the beginning stages of owning rental property. I currently own a duplex that is zoned for 6 units, so my focus over the next few years is to develop that property and hopefully move on to other RE projects. I guess we’ll see where this path takes me.

      Congratulations on starting as a new grad! That’s exciting! My only piece of advice is stay open to the possibilities with advancing your career. Anesthesia is okay. It’s really not what you think it to be. Make sure that the next jump in graduate school is in a field you’re passionate about and that you’re interested in learning about. Additionally, I’d also make sure your personal life (though that’s not always in our control) is in order before you begin a 3 year journey of getting a clinical doctorate. It’s taxing on you and the people around you. It’s always taxing on the wallet! Financing graduate school is no joke and any new CRNA can attest to the sticker shock of the amount they have to pay back in student loans when they start working. These are all factors (practical matters) that should cross your mind before you take the plunge….Good luck!

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  3. That is a sound plan and good advice for me. It also sounds like you found a property with lots of potential growth.

    Thank you for your response as well.

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  4. Love your site. Just found it today and have read just about everything you have written. I just finished my first quarter of a DNP-CRNA program in Southern California and found what you had to say very relevant and helpful. I’d love to chat with you more about our experience, especially with the student loans and business-side of things, as I progress in the program. I’m also curious to hear where you are working. Best of luck!

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    1. Thanks for the feedback! Congrats on completing your first quarter. I imagine you must be at USC. There’s a possibility that we may cross paths when you begin your clinical rotation. šŸ™‚

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