First and foremost, yes yes... I know I need to graduate nursing school then get my BSN first. Got it (=
I WILL graduate. I am done being negative. I've begun to despise the "if I graduate" phrase. I'm not here to just get by... I am here to learn!
Now, I have heard various things about different nurses regarding NP and CRNA school.
I heard that NP can be part time.
I heard CRNA is not part time is full time and you cannot work.
I know different schools may offer different options as far part time and such but for the most part I have heard CRNA is full time because it is SO MUCH information.
Here's my background. I am a single guy, I am twenty years old. My only responsibility would be my mom, in my culture (Hispanic) you don't put your elders/superiors in nursing homes.
She is healthy though. She has HTN. She's amazingly healthy, apart from her nasty smoking habits. She's a massage therapist, and that.... that is a lot of physical work.
So she will be (God willing) 100% independent ... just living with me. I don't want her to work... but I do want her to maintain a hobby or fun-job. Arts & craft. Painting. Teaching massage therapy - idc whatever she wants to do... but I want her mind to be active.
anyways... my question is this... if CRNA is fulltime and you cannot work... how do guys do it? how did y'all do it? Save up money?
Could I work a less stressful job? Maybe within nursing?
Maybe a day surgery job 6am to 2p? Perhaps a dialysis job?
(I know I need ICU experience prior, I mean holding a job during).
As you can tell, I am mainly focused on CRNA... as I am aware there are part time NP programs.
Lastly, it may seem like I'm asking WAY in advanced but I'm realizing I DO want to advance my career after getting my hands dirty in as many areas of nursing as possible or even in one general area... tele... icu ect.
I notice myself always reading the hardcore pathophysiology in my med surg book... stuff we rarely get tested on.
Will I get to learn more physiology? chemistry? and it's clinical applications? I really love that stuff... like a lot (=
I really love being asked those tough questions in clinical. I love being challenged. I love understanding the big picture.
Back to the original question:
How did you it with regards to money? Obviously if you had spousal support than that doesn't apply to me, I don't plan on marriage so please don't even suggest it. LOL. I'm on my own, with no kids.
Also, are all these good reasons to go the CRNA route? I just really want to be challenged and I really want to learn some hardcore patho and apply it all to the clinical setting.
Is CRNA school less fluffy than nursing school? I'm willing to get through the fluff, I'm not gonna cry! I'll do what it takes. The fluff... the hardcore.. whatever.
Thank you so much!