CRNA or NP?

  1. Im a new nurse, have 1 year critical care experience and BSN degree.

    Im confused whether I will continue my education to become CRNA or NP.

    Both are 2 yrs program.

    Pls help me..

    I have no idea how to become NP.. nor CRNA..

    Whats pros and cons.
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    About heavensent88_RN

    Joined: Sep '08; Posts: 85; Likes: 19
    Registered Nurse; from PI
    Specialty: CCU

    8 Comments

  3. by   Katie5
    Reasearch a bit. Look it up, have some info/foundation on them. See which one you're leaning to more. Then come back and ask indepth questions based on what you know...or seek to know.
  4. by   Mukfay
    Would you be more interested in caring for people who are sedated for surgery, or would you rather be a general practitioner or specialist of some kind? I would say that about sums it up. CRNA's probably make more money, but it's hard to tell what will happen with the new healthcare law, and you should go with what you think you'd enjoy anyway since either will provide you with a living wage and then some.

    Regards,
    Mukfay
  5. by   Mavrick
    Why do you feel the need to choose either one? How will having an advanced degree help you?
  6. by   wtbcrna
    Quote from heavensent88_RN
    Im a new nurse, have 1 year critical care experience and BSN degree.

    Im confused whether I will continue my education to become CRNA or NP.

    Both are 2 yrs program.

    Pls help me..

    I have no idea how to become NP.. nor CRNA..

    Whats pros and cons.
    I would try shadowing a CRNA and a NP for a few days each to see which one you would like to do. You should try these two links fro more information. As far as salary goes for CRNAs the AANA and most CRNAs don't believe there is going to be any drastic change to the overall salaries of CRNAs.

    http://www.aana.com/
    http://www.aanp.org/AANPCMS2
  7. by   Mukfay
    Quote from wtbcrna
    I would try shadowing a CRNA and a NP for a few days each to see which one you would like to do. You should try these two links fro more information. As far as salary goes for CRNAs the AANA and most CRNAs don't believe there is going to be any drastic change to the overall salaries of CRNAs.

    http://www.aana.com/
    http://www.aanp.org/AANPCMS2

    Is this story inaccurate then?
    Anesthesia Provider Pay to Drop 60%
  8. by   Ruby Vee
    if you don't know which one you want to do, don't do either. what's wrong with continuing to work in the icu until you develop a definite preference for something -- and it might just be for the icu!
  9. by   wtbcrna
    Quote from Mukfay
    Is this story inaccurate then?
    Anesthesia Provider Pay to Drop 60%
    Yep, and I have commented on that thread numerous times.
  10. by   RN1980
    Quote from heavensent88_RN
    Im a new nurse, have 1 year critical care experience and BSN degree.

    Im confused whether I will continue my education to become CRNA or NP.

    Both are 2 yrs program.

    Pls help me..

    I have no idea how to become NP.. nor CRNA..

    Whats pros and cons.
    you got to be freaking kidding me, seriously....i got a better idea, well i better not.

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