I am currently working as an NP in a level 1 trauma ER (2 yrs now), and I will be starting NA school this August. One of the things that I did during the start of my career in nursing, was to work hard in getting my BSN, MSN and my NP certificate. All those years, I was working in the ICU and ER, all the while, still having the desire to become a CRNA someday. I finally had the chance to do this (financially) and do not even regret becoming an NP first. Not that I'm suggesting that you do both, but, in my own personal experience, it (being an NP) has made me a more well-rounded and conscientious clinician. In fact, after I become a CRNA, I will continue practicing as an NP. I think that there is a potential opportunity for a CRNA who is also an NP in the future. Especially in high-need, rural areas of the country.
I guess the point of my story is...it's never too late to pursue what truely feels right for you. It's important to reflect on your past nursing history. Is there a pattern there? Do you enjoy contacts with patients with lots of education as well as disease management? In that case, being an NP is for you. Or, do you like the challenge of complicated cases, OR setting, problem solving, etc? Then becoming a CRNA would be ideal for you. Or, do you like to become both, just like me?
Hope this helps. Most importantly...I HOPE IT MAKES SENSE!