It's National CRNA Week! This week, the Year of the Nurse stories are contributed by nurse anesthetists. Learn more about recognition and events for National CRNA Week from the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists' website.
Describe your professional Role in Nursing.
My career as a registered nurse and a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist has spanned three decades and I can honestly say that I have had absolutely no regrets on the career path chosen. Nursing provides unlimited potential to pursue a professional career in many areas such as clinical care, research, technology, administration, and education just to name a few. The ever changing landscape of modern health care has only increased the opportunities for nurses to actively engage in shaping future health care policy and how patient care will be delivered.
Nursing provides the platform to develop excellent collaboration, problem solving, decision making, and interpersonal communication skills which are essential attributes of a successful leader. The term “the sky’s the limit” defines the magnitude of opportunities inherently available to those who choose a career in nursing.
If I seem passionate about nursing it is only because I have personally experienced so many amazing opportunities that are directly related to becoming a nurse and pursuing my current career as a CRNA. I truly believe that as clinicians we must become lifelong learners and agents of change. Although education requires a degree of sacrifice the benefits far outweigh the initial investment of finances and time.
These are exciting times for all nurses and significant pending changes within the profession of nursing highlights the importance of being actively involved with relevant professional organizations, political activism, continuing education, and professional development within your health care organization.
On a final and most important note, not only do we get the benefits of a highly respected career we also are awarded the opportunity to provide collaborative and highly skilled care for patients who are suffering and in need of the empathetic and compassionate care that represents the essence of nursing.
John Craker, CRNA, works at University Hospitals Health System