A lot of universities offer an FNP or ACNP certificate for nurses with MSNs already. Would something like this
be an option? It doesn't specify you already have to be an NP already.
Again, I absolutely love everything I've experienced during my shadows, and I really want to make this my career. I just don't want to get stuck in a rut I can't (or want to) get out of. However, I think I'm experiencing that right now in the ED. I still absolutely love the fast pace and variety, but I was just thinking about how it really is the same thing day in and day out. Chest pain, abdominal pain, shortness of breath, sepsis, altered LOC, sore throat, back pain, blah blah. Even though there's a variety of complaints, the workups are all the same. Emergency medicine is, IMO, ~80% Algorhythms, 10% consultation, and 10% or less of bedside procedures. "If this, do that"... "If chest pain, ASA, Trop Q6h x3, CK, EKG and place in obs". "If abdominal pain, CBC, CMP, Lipase, CT/US, consult GI/Uro/Gen surgery". Docs spend 5 minutes getting an H&P, walk out and order some tests. Wait for results then consult consult consult! Occasionally they're at the bedside intubating, throwing in central lines (rare except one doc we have who will look for any excuse to do one), or doing a FAST exam. Other than that, it's all computer work.
Sorry for the tangent, I guess all I'm saying is I don't want to get stuck in something I may or may not love in 5, 10, 20 years. The investment in CRNA school is too great (assuming I can even get in), which is why I'm so carefully considering every side of things.