Quote from vinnysca
I recently got accepted to NA school and will be starting this August. I am also a Nurse Practitioner as well. Although I am a Family Nurse Practitioner, most of my training was focused in the acute care setting. I have been a nurse since 1996 and have a combined ICU and ER background. I was also hired into the ER as an NP 2 years ago where I worked as a staff nurse.
If anyone had the chance or opportunity to become an NP, and then be a CRNA, I would highly recommend it. I know that it seems that it is too much...but, I truely believe that there will be a niche for this "dual" role (being a APRN/CRNA combo), especially in rural areas in high need for a Mid-level provider and a CRNA.
Just my .02 cents.
Just something to think about... conflicts in rolls in regard to standards, eg: prescriptive authority. I believe as an FNP, you need protocals, and the approved formulary? to work with? CRNAs have bypassed Prescriptive authority by choice as it would require a "collaborating MD" the type of person we like to avoid. While the concept is interesting, I think there are some things that should be looked at carefully.
My wife is an FNP with Rx authority, but I have always enjoyed the freedom of not having a list or collaborating MD to look out for,
I have gotten around the issue a few times when our hospital pharmacist has transferred an order I wrote in Hospital, to a community drugstore, enabling the patient to "pick up " the meds needed..
Just a lookout..