So, I am 23 years old, and graduated with a bachelors in a liberal arts field. This past year I've been taking prereqs for an alternate entry NON APN program that I've been really excited about but will take 2.5-3 years to complete. I have a lot of doctors in my family but due to a lot of crap that I went through in my childhood being a doctor never seemed appealing to me--seemed like a corrupt profession almost. I realize that everything has its pros and cons, and that nursing is not always a cakewalk either. I've started to feel anxious about my acceptance which I'll hear about in a month or two. If I get accepted, I can spend the last year or two of the program working part time as a nurse to help pay for the program.
So here's where my question comes in....I think that eventually I want to be a NP but not until I realize what type of NP I want to be. Right now I think I would lean towards FNP or Acute Care NP. CRNA is also crossing my mind but I don't expect to know if that's what I want to do at this point.
I volunteer in a PACU and I love it. That's part of the reason CRNA is crossing my mind.
So anyway, if I get into this program, I can apply my final year to be a pediatric nurse practitioner. I think that's great, but I'd prefer FNP because then you can treat both children and adults. I would need 2 years full time of experience before I could apply to FNP, which is fine, I don't mind going back after getting some experience, in fact, I might want to get more experience as a nurse before going back. But all in all this totals to about 4 years of schooling minimum. I could probably enter med school by the time I'm 25 if I wanted to, making me an M.D. BEFORE I could actually be a Family Nurse Practitioner. I know there would be a residency but I'm not extremely concerned about that. I would probably want to be a pediatrician or general practitioner.
So what I'm worried about is that before I could ever be a FNP, this whole DNP thing will take over. And from what I've looked at online, you can't even apply for the DNP until you're an APN already.
So we're talking 2.5-3 years for my MSN, at least 2 years of nursing experience, and possibly having a hard time finding a DNP program if they're phasing out the MSN because I don't have an APN certification already? On top of it, it looks like I'll have to get a 2nd master's degree if I want to be a CRNA.
So never being an APN? Should I just go to Medical School? I'm SO confused. I feel like I'd rather be a NP than a doctor, but doctors get paid more and it seems like it would almost be EASIER to go be a doctor at this point. Anyone still following me?