Not to mention the loans, ack! Go NP/CRNP. By the time you get there, the terminal degree will be the DnP anyways, which should satisfy the level of practice you are looking for. I think what you mean is that bedside nursing might be "too much" for you? :redlight: For god's sake, please don't tell any floor nurse to their face that bedside nursing isn't enough (read: good enough)! I know you mean well, but people take comments like that as an affront when you are describing their profession.
I have a BS in Bio and still didn't have all of the credits needed to get into nursing or med school, so I had to take a few classes at a CC to plan to get accepted to either. I ended up accepting admission into an ADN program even though I have a BS, and will go from there to DnP after several years on the job experience as an RN(that is, if I can get a job- have you heard the new grad horror stories?!). I'm attending the "Suck it Up" school of Nursing. Yeah, I could be an MD by now (the ripe age of 31), but would I be happy? Would I ever see my son/boyfriend/family?
There seems to be preconceptions and judgement implied in your language- nurses not getting into med school, minors being "a joke", bedside nursing not being "enough". As time ages you and whittles away at the thousands of possibilities that are open to us when we are young, we see that there are no "better thans" or "worse thans", just "good enoughs". Ex: I used to look down on single mothers until I chose to leave my son's abusive father. So what is good enough for you, but more importantly, what is best for your family/future family?