I have to make a decision. I changed my major many years ago from pharmacy to nursing to do CRNA. CRNA school has been the goal for close to 10 years. My wife was all for it, but has grown tired. We now have 4 kids. She does not like the idea of me being gone so much during crna school. I can appreciate that. (side note I have my ADN, BSN, CCRN) I have started my MSN in management and am applying to managerial jobs. Our hope is that this will be more conducive to a family life. I also have an interview for CRNA school coming up.
CRNA school will be very intense for about 2.5 years (I am not applying to doctoral programs). After that I will have call, etc, but it will be a good income, many seem to have excellent vacation, and the hours can be somewhat flexible depending on the type of CRNA job that I take. I have shadowed CRNA's and would love the job. I have done 3.5 years of ICU.
With management, I would be a good manager. I have had several charge nurses tell me that I should apply for a charge position to get my foot in the door. The charge positions at this hospital attend interviews, do evaluations, and have other managerial responsibilities and no patient assignments. After I finish my MSN in a year I figure I will do an MBA, and maybe a doctorate. In the long run management will be more schooling.
I would like input.
1. How many hours you work as a manager (at work and how much you bring home).
2. Would you choose to be a manager now that you have done the job or would you do something different?
3. Any suggestions?
There is more to the story, but I basically would like to hear peoples thoughts on the pros and cons of management vs. crna.