SRNA to FNP

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    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 weeks of making a decision to switch tracks, I have decided to become a family nurse practitioner. My classmates think I'm insane for making the switch but I honestly know that I have to be happy with my career.

    It is my understanding that the job market for FNPs is greater today than it is for ACNPs. Is this correct? The starting salary range for CRNAs where I am in school is around $135k. I understand for FNPs it is around $80k? Is this a good average starting point?

    Today I turned off my anesthesia machine and tomorrow I start learning the ropes of the FNP. Thank goodness the majority of credit hours will transfer over with the exception of my anesthesia classes.
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    Honestly I would finish your CRNA then do a post masters certificate for FNP. Most schools only accept a max of 6 credits for transfer for a masters so you will be repeating classes. If you are half way done I would finish. You could proably do a PMC in 1-1.5 years compard to 2-3 for a FNP so the time would be roughly equal if you finish your CRNA.

    Also a CRNA/FNP does open doors for pain management or even ICU down the road incase you want to go that route.

    Yes FNP salaries can be 80-90k a year depending on where you work.

    Jeremy
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    I understand your reasons, but I urge you to finish crna and do a post masters as stated above. This willopen alot of doors and if you want you canmake some nice side money doing locum tenens as a crna to supplement your income. You could also pay for you PMC by working some during school.
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    Oh and those are accurate salaries. Why are you curious about them if it's not about the money?
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    It was about the money. Today I made a list of what I liked about anesthesia....I only came up with one answer...the money it pays.

    I did fine in my classes 3.96 GPA in anestheisa school and received As in clinicals. Did fine with A lines, central lines, spinals, epidurals, regional blocks, intubating/induction/maintenance/emergence. I just didn't like the stress that goes on in the operating room. I hate that I spent $50k to get to this point but it is what it is. I admire those who desire to push through and become a CRNA. Just wasn't for me. An expensive mistake for sure.
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    It was about the money. Today I made a list of what I liked about anesthesia....I only came up with one answer...the money it pays.

    I did fine in my classes 3.96 GPA in anestheisa school and received As in clinicals. Did fine with A lines, central lines, spinals, epidurals, regional blocks, intubating/induction/maintenance/emergence. I just didn't like the stress that goes on in the operating room. I hate that I spent $50k to get to this point but it is what it is. I admire those who desire to push through and become a CRNA. Just wasn't for me. An expensive mistake for sure.
    This is SO why I did not become a CRNA. A close family member is an anesthesiologist and he told me multiple times I was making a mistake. No I wasn't! I love to sit down with my patients and talk a bit. I love knowing what they do for a living and I enjoy following up multiple times and having a real provider relationship with them. I hate a world of crashing patients, multiple lines, drips and putting out fires all.day.long. It just isn't how I'm wired.

    I say do what you want right now. Life is too short to finish doing something you hate.
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    I say do what you want right now. Life is too short to finish doing something you hate.[/quote]

    I'm not a very religious person but I will say AMEN to that!
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    Sounds like you've already made the decision???? Are you going to the same school for your FNP? I would see if you could get a dual degree awarded or do the PMC as stated. I'm not sure if you would be able to take the FNP national exam after going through just NA school??? I would suggest finishing your anesthesia program. Have you thought about working in a surgical center?
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    Quote from FNP2B1
    I just didn't like the stress that goes on in the operating room. I hate that I spent $50k to get to this point.
    *** How is it that you did not realize that before you spent 50K and did all the work to get into and half way through CRNA school? didn't you learn all about stress when you where working as an ICU nurse? If you know it's not for you then don't do it and do what it is you really want to do.
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    I got into anesthesia school, and started. I didn't get as far as you though, only 2 classes in. I always wanted to be a CRNA, I worked 10 years in the OR as a tech, left went into the ICU after graduating with my BSN. When I went back to the OR as an RN...I realized that I HATE the OR now! I hate my job! I decided I didn't want to be a CRNA. I belonged in the world of NP. I got so much slack from every one it was amazing! People thought I was completely nuts. But, I had to do what was right for me and my family. I think it depends on what you want and what area you want to work in. ACNP is great for critical care, especially if you have experience with lines. I think it depends on what area you live in as far as where more jobs are too. Do some soul searching. I'm now in the BSN to DNP program, (ACNP) and I love it. Yes, I think 80K is about right for most NP positions... why people give you slack for asking is stupid. Of course you need to make sure that you weigh all your options....


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