Coming from a young LVN, my understanding that your in a program, trying to become a advance practice nurse practicioner? and thinking about becoming a certified registered nurse anesthestits, (hope I spelled that right). If you like putting people to sleep than do that, it's extremely acute care as you know, your a cheaper labor force than a MD anestheologist, possibly more work, from insurance companies I assume, though you might be putting doctors out of a job. Though you might just want to maybe consider going to medical school. And in my clinical experiences, I met two masters degree RN's one was a Nurse Practicioner, and one just had a masters degree, I honestly don't see the difference between a ADN, BSN and MSN, unless you have the upper degrees so you can try and move into management. But it depends on your work place, who's butt you kiss etc. If you have a masters definetly become advanced practice, and make sure you get prescriptive authority or ability. But if Obamacare is implemented the healthcare industry is going to be hurting, and with the already nursing shortage, doctor shortage. I'd pray about it and see what God says, and your family as well, if you have one, if not definetly go for it, so when you do have one you can easily afford better everything for your children. I think in the end you just have to look at what you want to do, and your absolutely right about the versatility of a nurse practicioner, as opposed to a CRNA.