SRNA to FNP - page 2

by FNP2B1

I am currently enrolled in anesthesia school and am halfway through my program. It has finally hit me that I don't want to do this for the rest of my career. The money would be great, but money isn't everything. After some long... Read More


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    My first semester of anesthesia school I knew I didn't enjoy it. I chalked it up to being fresh in the OR and the learning curve. The 2nd semester I felt comfortable doing ASA I and IIs, did them on my own but still didn't like the operating room environment. By semester 3, I was more comfortable doing big cases but still didn't like it. Deep down inside I was doing it for the money, not because I enjoyed anesthesia. I think the reason I stayed in the program for so long was because all of my classmates were telling me "You're nuts if you quit now" "You are halfway there, stick it out."

    Well....they were right I was halfway there. That was it. If you hate doing something it doesn't matter how much money you get paid to do it....you are going to be miserable. I didnt want the 2nd half of my career years to be like that.

    I will now graduate with a FNP next year and hopefully specialize in dermatology. I have always been intrigued with skin conditions. Anesthesia never intrigued me. It was a means to an end.

    To the prior poster.....yes....I dealt with lots of stress in a Level I Trauma/Burn ICU. The stress of anesthesia is 10 times greater than anything I saw in the ICU. It is hard to describe the environment unless you are there on a daily basis. I am comfortable with my decision to leave.
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    i appluad your realization of what you want to do and having the guts to do it, however i think i would have chickened out and stayed the course if so close to finishing the program even if i was misserable.
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    Never to late to do what you want. Extra education never hurt anyone, and I'm sure you will find it even lends itself useful as you pursue your NP. Personally, I am just finishing up my 1st year of BS-DNP in Acute Care. Several times I have wondered if I will be limiting my practice as an ACNP, in that I may not be able to work in an ER, urgent care, or primary care as many of the patients are peds and adolescent. My goal is to work in the hospital, however there is definitely no shortage where I am, and wonder if I will be able to find employment as an ACNP. I have decided to stick it out, and if I am unable to get the job I want after graduation, I will return to school for a FNP cert. Best of luck to you.
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    I think it is great to have self awareness and know what you want out of life. Many people are in positions and doing things that do not really make them happy. It's always good to find your passion and nuture it in a way that allows you to express it the way you want! Good luck! :-)
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    I was debating that (CRNA or ACNP) when I decided I wanted to return to school. I weighed my options for both careers, and I chose to pursue ACNP. Most of the future CRNA's I spoke said it was primarily for the money, which is fine if that is your goal. I wouldn't mind the money either, but it wasn't a strong motivator for me. I never liked the OR setting either; that's why I am an ICU and never an OR one.
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    FNP2B1 I understand how you feel. I'm currently an SRNA and I'm also halfway through my program. I'm struggling with the same decision you made. The more I think about doing this the rest of my life the unhappier I get. I've spent so many years working to reach this point that I can't believe how miserable I am now that I'm actually doing it.

    I'm also getting the "you're crazy" talks from anybody I mention it to. People keep telling me I've worked too hard to quit now when I only have a few months to go, but I'm so unhappy. Yesterday I really questioned what it was about the CRNA profession that I would really miss if I changed to NP and the only thing I could come up with is the money. Is the $$ really worth doing something that makes you feel so stressed all the time? I just don't think it is.

    Before you other people out there judge FNP2B1 saying that he/she should have known about the stress levels before going into this, or tell him/her that they should finish the CRNA program first...just realize that you can't even begin to comprehend the stress we've talking about here unless you've been through it.

    I've been looking into online NP programs for the last few days. When I find a good one I think I'm going to be right behind you FNP2B1.
    FNPGrad, FNP2B1, and carachel2 like this.
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    Do exactly what makes you happy. Nobody else knows that but you. I quit taking advice from CRNAs, SRNAs and my friends.....and listened to what my heart was telling me.

    I am happier now and have no regrets. I wish you the best in whatever decision you make. For what it is worth....there are other ways in nursing to make a CRNA income if that is what drives you. You just have to look around
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    Interesting thread. I graduated from my CRNA program in 2002 and just graduated my FNP program on May 15th. I never, ever hated anything as much as anesthesia. To PMFB-RN, stress has nothing to do with it - at all. I worked in SICU for 9 years prior to anesthesia school. I was "recruited" by the school (which is affiliated with the hospital) and convinced by everyone that it was the opportunity of a lifetime. Why they require ICU experience to get into school is beyond me. It is nothing like the ICU. It is the OR - cold, boring and lonely. Confined to a tiny space, stuck at the head of the bed for hours at a time. There were times I literally wanted to just run out of there screaming. If you can handle sitting in the exact same place for several hours at a time, with intermittent bursts of sheer terror and chaos, then anesthesia is for you. It pays well for a reason. It's total blood money.

    To SRNA to FNP, I would suggest that you stick it out and not quit. Nearly all of my credits were accepted by my FNP program. I only needed a couple of nursing classes b/c I already had patho, pharm, research, etc. Trust me, the year will fly by and you will already be an APRN when you enter an FNP program. It will be much better for you that way. Good Luck!
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    I have a ?? how did you manage your loan repayments. did that work out for you somehow. I am in the clinical phase of school and am on the verge of quitting. I'm a single mum and felt I was losing ground with the children. 16+ hour days were still not enuff for the facility I was at. Not sure how the student loans will overwhelm me. Do you have any advice?
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    When you leave school you can defer your loans for a year. I finished with my FNP and didn't make any payments for 12 months. At the end of 12 months you can apply to repay your loans via the "income based repayment plan" Obama passed a law where depending on your income you won't pay more than 10% of your net disposable income. I walked out with $60,000 in debt and pay a little over $400 a month. You can probably pay more or less as I chose a 25 year extended payment plan.

    On another note....I'm 3 years out since I wrote the original posting. I work as a FNP and enjoy it. I gross on average $135,000 a year in a low stress FNP job. I do work as an independent contractor. It was the right choice for me. I hope you make the right decision for you.
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