I think it is a great idea. From reading all your FAQ's , you obviously are on top of the ICU stuff, far exceeding the vast majority of ICU nurses in your knowledge, understanding, ability, and experiences.
I thought you were a doctor when I first started reading your ICU FAQ's.
I personally have worked SICU, MICU, CCU, adult Burns, and Neuro ICU.... so I think I can make that assessment. I think I'm pretty good, but when I read your FAQ's , I was really impressed. !
Lots of things I thought I understood, you can discuss in detail, the why's and what for's , etc.
In other words, You can write the ICU book.
That said, If I were you, I would go for it. It will open major doors for you in the next 10-15 years. The salaries are waaaaaaay up there.........
I'm hearing starting at $125,000 and traveling contracts at $150,000. (Plus sign-on bonuses and overtime. $200,000 a year is not unusual.....when you factor in on-call and OT )
And, as you get older, I think it might be easier physically.
As far as the surgeons go, when I have had the opportunity to observe surgeons in action, the anesthesiology person is always indispensable to the surgeon as the medically "equal" person who shoots the breeze with the surgeon to keep him grounded when things tense up....hence, the football , kobe, fishing, O.J., type conversations....
There is a male nurse on this BB who has been a crna for years...have you checked out the crna forum? I can't remember his name. I'm sure he would give you the pro's & con's perspective.
I'd do it. Good Luck in whatever you do. I still enjoy your FAQ's and have copies of each. You've definitely been a real asset here.
How about approaching your hospital to pay for your schooling? That is not unusual at all. HCA pays nurses to go to crna school in exchange for a couple of years committment....which is good...stay and get a couple years experience prior to moving on. the smaller hospitals pay the best, I think.....the small towns....100,000 population type towns.