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I have 10 years of medical experience between being a CNA and a respiratory therapist. I graduated this may with my BSN and immediately started working in my hospital's ICU in June. I love working there and I have started looking into ways to become more involved in the unit,etc. I have also looked into CRNA school,which was my end game goal. The bad thing is, I have a bad back. I am 29 years old and I have had 2 back surgeries and working on a 3rd (possibily a fusion). My question is, if for some reason my back doesn't allow me to keep working bedside, what else can I do? I have looked into legal nurse consulting, but there isn't a big need for it around here. CRNA is the dream, but I only have 6 months of ICU experience so I can't apply yet.  Any suggestions?? 

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Have you considered becoming a nurse practitioner? It's more paper work than it is patient care. You act in the role of a provider. You can prescribe medications to patients etc. You're still a nurse and not an MD. 

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I have been looking into that. I didn’t really want to (my area is saturated since we have an university here) but my work is offering $2500 to pay towards tuition for a masters degree. I love paperwork and helping people

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Would moving to a different area be an option? Also, consider getting the DNP (it's a doctorate which I hear will replace the NP- which is a masters degree). Also, consider psychiatry. It pays more and there isn't as much heavy lifting (if any) when you work as an RN.

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I have looked in the psych route, since it’s offered at the university here, and it is an option for me. Moving would be iffy but we did it would be TN or FL. I think the school here offers a DNP, I will look into that too. What all can you do with a DNP?

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