I am a male RN, graduating from a RN program in a month. I intend to go right into a rn to bsn program this fall. My wife is currently getting her NP and then working towards her DNP at a top 10 school nationally. I mention that because I hope to go to the same school for whichever patch I choose. The reason I am curious about some opinions on this is because I want to go after my masters. I want to achieve all I can and I want to do a job that I am well paid for. I see all these posts talking about an over saturation of CRNAS and about NPs being underpaid. I personally do not know about the pay for NPs and my wife is not finished yet to see what offers will be. honestly want to succeed in whatever I do and right now I am not leaning one way or another. I like both career choices for what they are, and have actually spent time with both(a perk of being married to an OR nurse in a hospital). I just don't want to pay 10s of thousands of dollars for a school name and a degree and be disappointed with the salary at all. I would not want to be an NP or a CRNA and make 40 dollars an hour and be in debt up to my eyeballs. I sometimes feel the safest bet is be an RN and work in an OR in my area and work up the ladder making 40 dollars an hour that way. I think the biggest worry is the DEBT to WORTH issue for me... Which career is most worth the time and money and not going to be over crowded or underpaid for the effort I know I put into everything.