I am currently a practicing CCRN working in a combined ICU (ie, we see it all, from GSWs, to CRRT, to CABGs, to Cranes). I've been working in this unit since I graduated with my BSN about 5 years ago. I initially came to this unit to garner an edge when applying to CRNA school, but I am no longer interested in becoming a nurse anesthetist. This is mainly due to the fact that your patients don't remember you, the 90% boring/10% panic rule, and you have to deal with surgeons on a daily basis. None of those sound appealing to me anymore. I actually went into nursing with the path to CRNA-dom in mind. So, I've hit a bump in the road.
I have recently started to consider law school. I thought to myself, "maybe I can get to a policy making level", and influence nursing as a whole, instead of only affecting my patients. I grabbed an LSAT book and plan to take the test this October (I will be signing up for the test this week, as August 30th is the deadline). This morning, after my shift, I decided to do a search about the subject and this is what I've found. *crickets*
I see a lot of JDs getting their RNs. This is worrisome to me, simply because people are turning down six figure positions to become a glorified grunt? This coming from a nurse that does get to make suggestions to the doctors (most nurses don't have that option). Granted, I do well for being a 5 year RN, but I'm not touching 6 figures, and I work night weekend option (one of the highest paid bedside positions, but not the most accomodating).
I really don't know what I want to do, honestly. I just know it's not what I'm doing, and I'm pretty sure it's not CRNA. The only options I really see for myself at this point are MD and JD. I have a sibling that's a doctor, and I really don't want to go through what they went through... 7 years of hell and a ton of student debt. At least law is 3 years of hell instead! Maybe I should suck it up and become a CRNA for the salary and the freedom?
At this point I'm just looking for some information from any RNs that have gotten their JD, and if they're happy they did. What types of careers they're in, and would they do it again if they had the choice. I'm interested in the positives and the negatives. Any information is appreciated. I need to figure it out soon, as I'm afraid I'll wind up in the psych wing if not.. (joke... kinda
Thanks for your thoughts in advance!
I've been looking at the exact same program-I thought about legal nurse consulting, but some of the certification programs seem wishy-washy to me, and Loyola is a great school and a great health system. I am looking at applying next spring, so let me know how it goes!
Last edit by NayRN on Mar 26, '12