I'm an RN of 32 years old with 6 years of experience. I'm motivated and looking to further my education and marketability as a nurse. As I'm pondering my decision, obviously one must look at the fallout of Obamacare will have on the future of an advanced nursing degree. That as a foundation, my questions are as follows:
1) Which advanced nursing degree would be wise to pursue knowing the Obamacare is just around the corner? I know you should choose a career path that best caters to your passion and strength.....but I'm just just seriously curious overall on what everyone's opinions are!!!
2) CRNA versus Nurse Practitioner - Which Nursing Professional (in your opinion) will benefit more (and get a greater Return on Investment) with their advanced degree? I know these 2 positions vastly differ in many ways...but my sense is one would be in more demand than the other. Based on my research, this is what I'm sensing:
1) Nurse Practitioners will be in greater demand
because of the many doctors may getting out of the profession...causing a greater demand for Nurse Practitioners. More demand...equals more job security and pay.
2) CRNA's will be in less demand
(and maybe get less of a Return on Investment) with this advanced degree than an Nurse Practitioner. The medical field seems to be going to the more "home health care" and the extreme causes related to Hospitals may force hospitals to have less budget to pay for CRNA's. Yes...I know that there will always people needing surgeries ect. But with many people going for CRNA's....the market could be much more saturated then the Nurse Practitioner
3) Masters in Science in Nursing (MSN)
- Not sure how Obamacare will effect this but would appreciate anybodies input if a MSN is a better degree to pursue than an NP or CRNA. To me, common sense tells you, that getting a NP or CRNA would be better. In closing,
thanks for letting me share all this as I'm a person that thinks as I type. In terms of a potential decision, I've learned that some of the best choices you make are the ones you didn't make. After thinking things through a little bit more, perhaps (just perhaps) Obamacare will lesson the salaries of these Advanced Nursing Degrees and people won't get a good return on investment with their degrees.
That said....perhaps its best to just be content where I'm at