I want to go to medical school for sure, but I'm not sure what I want to be for sure. I was going to be an Anesthesiologist, but after seeing how much they had to pay for malpractice insurance-the numbers scared me away.
*** That is silly. First if you go to medical school you will be exposed to many different types of medical specialities. It is very likely that you will find one that you love and will pursue that. Many doctors I know ended up in a speciality they never dreamed they would be in before med school.
Second anesthesiologists (MDAs) don't usually pay their malpractice insurance. It is provided for them as a benifit of employment. They make a LOT of money. All the MDA's who work in my hospital have super nice homes & cars, boats, houses in Florida etc.
So I started researching medical careers, and nursing seems appealing to me. I think I want to either be a RN or a CRNA, but I would MUCH prefer to be a CRNA. The problem is, is that I live in Indiana, and from what I have heard, there are absolutely no CRNA's out here because the Anesthesiologist's hate them (which to me seems totally ridiculous)...
*** OK couple things. One, what you heard about there being no CRNAs in Indiana is silly and untrue. Go here and see CRNA job listings for CRNAs in Indiana: GasWork.com - Search - CRNA Jobs
Second CRNAs are cash cows for MDAs and in every hospital I have ever worked in they all worked well together.
Third you can't be an RN or a CRNA. CRNA stands for "certified REGISTERED NURSE anestitist". In order to be a CRNA you must first be an RN. You will also need a bachelors degree (doesn't need to be in nursing) or a masters degree, good grades and a minimum or one year of ICU experience as an RN. Two or more years of ICU experience will help you get admitted.
Could I go to school in Cincinnati, or somewhere else close, and then come back and be hired here?
*** Yes of course.
If that fails, then I would like to be an RN or something else with higher pay. My concern is, is the pay. I've seen that it averages 40-50k. Do you get paid more with more experience? What is the starting salary?
*** Yes RNs typical get paid more for experience. How much they start out depends on where you decide to work. Pay rates vary widely across the country. Highest pay is west coast, northers east coast. Lowest pay is the south then midwest. I have heard of new RNs starting pay from $18/hour up to $40/hour. If you decide to work in a higher paying area $60-$100K/year is pretty likely. Often the higher paying areas are also higher cost of living aeas, but not always.
And what schools would you recommend?
*** Best would be a state university BSN program. Avoid the high cost for profit schools. You will be better off to just get your BSN right away. New grads are having a hard time finding jobs and many hospitals are prefering to higher new grads who have a BSN. You might have a little easier time landing a job as a new grads with a BSN vs an associates degree.
I've also read that if you attain a bachelor's degree, you can get paid around 6k more per year. Is that also true?
*** Not really. The majority of places pay the same for any RN reguardless of their degree. Some places do pay more for a BSN but it is usually very little. The value of the BSN is in getting a job as a new grad.