I am currently an accelerated student and Johns Hopkins and have been accepted into the NP program, though I haven't specifically decided on an area of focus.
Thus far I'm most interested in ACNP and FNP; but recently I've began considering CRNA. However, JHU doesn't offer the CRNA option.
I am planning on moving back to the Pacific Northwest, preferably Washington to practice. However, I am extremely concerned about job outlook and salary. I would prefer it if people didn't tell me to do what I love in spite of salary because love doesn't pay the bills. Also, I chose nursing because of the limitless opportunities it offers.
I know I need at least 1 year of ICU experience to become a CRNA. However, I'm concerned if I chose to forgo my NP option here I may never be accepted into a CRNA program (I have a 3.9 in my science courses) because they are extremely competitive.
Upon recent investigation I've also noticed NP's don't seem to make much more than general RN's, especially RN's with a specialty focus. Is this true? If so I'm not sure I can justify the immense debt I would be undertaking for my masters just to earn $3 more an hour!
Thus, I'm most interested in gaining information about salary, job outlook, and information that relates to these subjects. All perspectives are appreciated.