Hey everybody. I am currently a BSN student, and will be graduating in April. I already know that I would like to pursue a MSN degree, I am just not sure which specialty to go into. My mom is a nurse who works under an anesthesiologist, so she deals with CRNA's also on a daily basis. She really pushes me to go that route. I have job shadowed several CRNAs, and I did find the work very interesting. However, I can't help but think I may also enjoy becoming a NP. I love science, and I am very good at it. In fact, those were the classes I enjoyed during nursing school, I didn't enjoy much of the nursing theory classes and the other "fluff" (as I refer to it) that went along with the nursing program. I often find myself more interested in the disease processes of my patients, rather than the nursing tasks I am performing. I'm always curious as to what going on in their body, and why the practitioners chose certain treatment options. This makes me lean more towards NP. I am afraid I would get bored being an NP however. In my area, most NP's work in primary care settings, and although I do consder myself a compassionate person, I really want to help the people who are very sick and really need the help, rather than listen to complaints. I think I may get bored with that. I have also heard that NP school also includes a lot of the "fluff," and that CRNA school has a more intense science curriculum. My favorite clinical in nursing school was med/surg thus far, and I think I will enjoy high acuity. Labor and delivery was neat for a couple of days, but it bored me. I hated psych, peds was all right (I don't mind working with kids, but didn't get to experience anythin exciting during that clinical, just a bunch of asthma and RSV), and I also did a quarter on a cardiology unit which was okay.
So I guess considering all of the above, what sounds right for me? I realize I need to work a couple of years before going in either direction, I am just so confused right now as to what seems like it would be a good fit. Or is there another option that I am not considering?
Any opinions would be appreciated.