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 came out of nurse anesthesia school with over $100K in student loan debt. I don’t have any credit card debt and I rent. I recently stumbled across the personal finance blogosphere (e.g., Mr. Money Mustache, MadFientist, Financial Samurai, and many more) and have since been hooked since.
This site was originally developed as a guide for prospective individuals interested in pursuing nurse anesthesia as a career. However, I noticed that there is a dearth of personal finance blogs geared specifically towards the new grad CRNA. Before nurse anesthesia school, I never really thought about retirement. Sure, I saved some money in a 403(b), but could never really discern the difference between a 403(b), 457(b), or 401(k). Furthermore, I had no clue as to what kind of investment products I should be allocating my money into. As a result, I decided to detail my experience getting into school, what life was like getting through school, and what life has been like while being out of school (with a particular emphasis on managing one’s finances as a new grad).
Throughout this site, I’ll be sharing tips/advice to those interested in pursuing nurse anesthesia along with providing an in-depth, but very basic discussion on managing finances. I honestly have no idea if my approach is the correct one, but through my research, I’ve been able to gather some information that will hopefully set me on a course where I will be financially independent (sooner rather than later).
Hopefully you’ll find some of this information useful.