Thanks you all for your advice. I think I'm leaning towards an accelerated BSN school (maybe Pitt?) after I finish out my BS undergrad. My advisors have told me that most of my credits won't be accepted by the PSU nursing school, and that it would be a ridiculous switch since I have too many upper-level classes on my transcript already (yes, as a sophomore I already have some upper-levels). Then I guess I'll work my 1 year as an RN, apply for NA schools, and go from there. Here's how I've calculated it out (feel free to point out discrepencies in my timing): I'll graduate with my BS in neurobiology at age 22, spend 3 terms (avg) in an accelerated BSN program and take the exam for my RN - now we're at age 23.5 - 24, work for 1 year before applying (age 24.5-25), spend two years in NA school (assuming acception) - leaving me at my desired career at age 27. That's still three years shorter than going to medical school to become an anesthesiologist, nowhere near the debt incurred due to tuition (and malpractice insurance
, no doubt), and would allow me to have a family life.
Which brings me to why I am choosing this career. It seems that some of you think that I haven't researched this career as a CRNA, but that is far from the facts. I have been researching this career for the past few years, and at first I was focused on an MD. However, after comparing the pro's and con's I've decided that and MD is not what I really wanted...I want to have more of a family life (I'm getting married in May, yes...this May), I don't want the financial burden of medical school, or the overwhelming hours that an MD has.
So say I'm successful at the accelerated BSN program. What are some great areas to practice in as an RN (especially considering that I want to apply as soon as I can to NA school)? You guys have been amazing at responding with such great advice. Thanks to all of you!