hello, I just wanted to get some thoughts from RNs and CRNAs. I am a lawyer now working part time. I have small kids. I could either work part time with a family member as a lawyer and try to build up my own area of practice or go get an ABSN degree and then try for CRNA school.
I'm trying to decide if it is worth it. My goal is to work part time so i can be with my kids as much as possible, but also make a good living so i can support them financially.
If I stuck with the lawyer route, i've got a lot of autonomy and control over my schedule. I have read that nurses can do flexible work arrangements but difficult to get those jobs. I'm concerned about the sacrifice i would be making for almost 4 more years of schooling if i go the CRNA route and the possibility of then being in a position of making good money but not being able to work part time for a number of years as a new grad.
I could probably make about the same as an RN doing law, but definitely not as much as CRNA.
Just wondering what those of you who do RN and CRNA think about working hours, conditions, quality of life issues.
Hi, I just wanted to note that it would be a lot longer than 4 years to become a practicing CRNA. You would need to take about 2 full time semesters of prereqs, apply to a 4 year (Bachelor of Science in Nursing) program, not a 2 year program, and then complete nursing school. If you complete nursing school, you wouldn't be able to just get right into a CRNA program. Most grad programs require 1-2 years of full time work in a critical care setting (Intensive Care Unit). So at this point you are already looking at a commitment of around 6 years....say you get accepted into a CRNA program, then you would be looking at another 2 years of full time, intense schooling...most programs don't even allow you to work.
To put it bluntly, you should probably stick with being a lawyer, especially if your main goal is to spend more time with your children. Nursing school is hard, rigorous, ridiculously time consuming, and demanding.
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