CRNA vs MSN/MBA...Specific info if possible???

  1. i'll be graduating (bsn) soon and i am wondering what would be a better decision for graduate study crna school or obtaining a joint msn/mba degree? does anyone know of anyone with a msn/mba? what type of position do they hold? how much experience is typically needed to ascend the ranks with these credentials? is it possible to get a high paying (80-90k) admin position fresh out of school with the msn/mba?
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  3. by   LLLLiiiFFEsaveer
    CRNA!
  4. by   CrufflerJJ
    Quote from redbird2012
    i'll be graduating (bsn) soon and i am wondering what would be a better decision for graduate study crna school or obtaining a joint msn/mba degree?
    you might consider working for a while, then deciding your future career path after weighing the pros/cons.

    crna is a totally different "ball of wax" than msn/mba. a msn/mba dual major would give you the basic tools to do some sort of administrative position in a hospital network, or possibly head up your own company. it all depends on what you want to do.

    work for a while and decide your true passion - then move forward.
  5. by   rubyrn36
    Quote from redbird2012
    i'll be graduating (bsn) soon and i am wondering what would be a better decision for graduate study crna school or obtaining a joint msn/mba degree? does anyone know of anyone with a msn/mba? what type of position do they hold? how much experience is typically needed to ascend the ranks with these credentials? is it possible to get a high paying (80-90k) admin position fresh out of school with the msn/mba?

    is it just about the money for you...
    then run the other direction because crna will not be for you!
  6. by   MedSurgeMess
    Also, CRNA is very hard to get into, most schools require a minimum of 2 yrs working in ICU/CCU setting....check into the school, and previously mentioned, work a while to determine what really gets your passions stirred in nursing.
  7. by   traumaRUs
    I was initially in a combined MSN/MBA but after a few business classes decided it wasn't for me. In my area, the MSN/MBA nurses are in management positions. I wanted a more hands on career so chose CNS.

    As someone else said, these are two very different routes - better to work a little bit before you decide. Good luck on your decision.
  8. by   bama357
    I agree with much of what is on there. The CRNA route is the more difficult, but the pay is far better. New grad CRNA in almost any location will be over 120k. Experience, hard work, and not being afraid to work solo will easily get you to the 200k mark.

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