Value in dual CRNA/NP certification?

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Hi everyone! I am currently an ICU nurse planning to go to CRNA school. I've wanted to be a CRNA since I discovered the career path in nursing school. That being said, I recently discovered the non-surgical pain management specialty within the CRNA field and I am VERY interested. I know that this is a newer field and very few CRNAs are certified, but it is something I'm very passionate about. I'd love to eventually work in pain management to offer treatment for chronic pain outside of narcotics/"pill mills". Which ultimately brings me to my question, would there be any value in going on to get my NP license after CRNA school? I am thinking that NPs have more of a prescriptive authority so I would be able to work in a clinic and help prescribe/administer pain management treatments. That being said, I am not sure how long/how much it would cost to get an NP license post-DNP, CRNA. Additionally, I still don't want to give up traditional hospital/surgical anesthesia right away, so I'd likely be working in pain management on the side while primarily working in a hospital setting for a while. Eventually, I plan to focus on pain management full-time, but I want to be well-rounded in anesthesia and have the experience of working in a hospital CRNA capacity for a while before completely specializing...

Please let me know any opinions/considerations for this path! Has anyone gotten dual certified as a CRNA/NP? How do you utilize your certifications/scope of practice?

Thanks so much.


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I'd be interested to read the comments. I am neither a CRNA nor a NP. Getting another degree/certification for something on the side seems to be a huge investment for something that wouldn't be your main focus. 

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I think a FNP would be a waste of time.  The DNP will give you time to concentrate on pain mgt.  There is a one year post grad program in Tennessee 

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