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.