I know there's a lot of nurses in here. Please tell me from what you know or heard. How much money someone with any of these degrees make????
Who makes more and how about the job opportuities. I don't know what to go for when I graduate.
Sep 4, '07
I'm assuming you arent a nurse yet, am I correct? I added RN schooling into each of my responses below since that is where you will need to start..
A MD obviously makes the most, but they also sacrifice most of their time to their program, residencies, and studying. Its 4 years pre med, then med school, then residency, then practicing on their own.
As for a CRNA, realize that its a full time program. You would also need to get your RN first, then return to school for 2 years to become a CRNA. You will most likely need 1-2 years experience in an ICU type setting. Yes, they make good money, but its also very time consuming.
For your MSN, you'll have to have your RN followed by 1-2 years experience, followed by 2+ years of schooling (full time). This Route also allows you to become a nurse practitioner, which has flexible hours as boomer has stated. Its still nursing, but advanced practice. You have more autonomy and work with a Dr in this position such as in a Dr's office, clinic, or in the hospital setting.
A PHD in nursing will mostly allow you to teach, or assume a higher role as a nurse in a hospital/nursing home/rehab center such as Director, or Dean of nursing.
Good luck in whatever you choose!
Last edit by TexasPediRN on Sep 4, '07