How many years does it take to be a registered nurse? Also: Registered Nurse vs. Nurse Anesthetist?

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December 12, 2019 / By Merilyn
Question: "How many years does it take to be a registered nurse?" Just flat out say the number is fine. Or what degrees in college you need to get, what you need to master in - anything like that? "Also: Registered Nurse vs. Nurse Anesthetist?" Years of college. Average salary. Pros and Cons. Thanks a bunch (: About me with this whole nurse situation: I'm looking to get be a nurse. So far I had planned to become just a plain registered nurse. Recently I'm researching more on that and I found more and more websites that are getting me confused. I didn't think that the proccess of getting to be a registered nurse would take over 4-5 years of college. Some sites on the net are saying up to 8 years, etc. I think that the average salary for a registered nurse - which is around 60,000 a year - is fine. But I had just found out about Nurse Anesthetists. I realize that being a Nurse Anesthetist may take at least 7 years of college, but comparing to a Registered Nurse (continued) is it worth it to take however many years of college it takes to be a registered nurse rather than a Nurse Anethetist? Like - does the years of college even out with the salary? Meaning, for example. If it took 4 years of college to be an RN and they make about 60K per year, and 8 years of college they would make about 120,000K per year. Then that means it would pretty much even out. If this makes no sense to you at all, then it's fine, I don't really expect anyone to understand (don't mind me, I'm more of a crazy weirdo thinker, sorry). Also, I don't think I will be able to afford 7 years of college, so, I just want to know if it's worth paying for just being an RN. Another thing, I do realize that many people say it depends on where you live and where you work in the hospital as an RN to determine your salary. But I just want to know the AVERAGE payment please.
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Leonore Leonore | 5 days ago
There are three programs which prepare students for the RN licensure exam (NCLEX-RN) Associate degree- this is at community colleges and is a 2 year nursing curriculum, with usually a year of prerequisite courses in science and other foundation courses. While at some schools it is possible to complete this program in 2 years, it is most common, since the schools are preferring to see the grades in the prerequisite courses prior to starting the RN program, that students take 3 years to complete. Diploma programs. These are run through hospitals, though there are very few remaining in the US. They are commonly now associated with community colleges and offer the associates degree upon completion, and have the same prerequisite classes. These are designed to be completed in 3 years. Bachelor of Science in Nursing - this degree is conferred by 4 year colleges and universities, it is 2 years of foundation and prerequisite courses and a 2 year nursing curriculum. It is designed to be completed in 4 years. Each of these RNs will make a similar salary when starting in an entry level position, though since some health care facilities pay a differential or slightly higher pay rate for the BSN the BSN, RNs make $2500-$3500 per year more on average statistically. BSN nurses also are more likely to advance into higher levels of nursing supervision and administration. The current national average salary for RNs is around $64,000/yr, but that includes RNs with more time in the position and those working shifts which receive a differential. To be a nurse anesthetist (CRNA) reguires a Master of Science in Nursing. most schools require a BSN as part of the admission requirements, but some also accept ADNs with a BS in another science field. Additionally, they require 2 years experience in an intensive care setting, and ACLS certification, some schools require PALS certification. Admission to CRNA programs is very competitive, and usually a 3.8 overall average is required to be competitive, even if the school requirements are lower. Advanced practice nurses, such as CRNAs and Nurse Practitioners often make twice the salary of an RN in the same area. CRNAs usually make more than NPs. The total time required for the advanced practice nursing programs is 2 years in graduate school (or in some cases from 20 to 28 months) though when you factor in the 2 years of work experience as an RN, it does take about 8 years from the start of college to completion of the goal. However, you do have some time during that period when you are working and making a living. Many RNs are happy as staff RNs, others want to work in non-traditional roles, such as legal nurse consultants, some like administration. Others prefer to move into advanced practice roles where they are able to make more independent decisions, prescibe medications, diagnose and treat health conditions. The decision is yours, though you can set a goal now, it might change once you are in school. When I started out in school, I planned to be a CRNA. It was the only reason I went to nursing school. Then I found I liked being an OR nurse. Later I became an administrator. Then I advanced into practicing as a Nurse Practitioner, and now I do research teach and work as an NP clinically part of the time to maintain my knowledge. Your goals, and desires change as you go through life.
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Leonore Originally Answered: What would be a better career to have: A Registered Nurse, A Nurse Anesthetist, or A Pharmacist?
As a good friend of mine says ,"It all depends." Where does your passion steer you? ANY job can be boring and any job hold your excitement. The largest variable in what happens is your own efforts. Any of the three professions you have listed are good choices. Depending on your setting for practice, politics, autonomy they each could be Hell, Heaven, or somewhere in between. As a pharmacist or nurse you will have the most interaction with people. I am going to focus on pharmacists because that is what I know best since I am one and have been for the past 30 years. I have worked for myself for all of this time period and have done some pretty neat things. For the most part except in the beginning of my career have made a minimum of $200 K a year and many years much more so money really can be decent. That really shouldn't be your guiding light as which to choose. If it is then interaction with people will get lost. More important are some of the things I have had fun in doing. I will list a few: Had my own sterile products clean room to manufacture and compound hyperalimentations, antibiotics,uterine contraction blockade for high risk pregnancies, ememsis IV fluid replacement, intrathecal pain control, heparin for high risk pregnancies, chemotherapy for IV pumps. Serviced nursing homes with a total patient count as high as 1,000 beds with our own unit dose services. Quarterly drug regimen reviews for drug utilization and patient outcome improvements. Vaccinations, not only flu but the entire children's series of shots and adult vaccinations for pneumonia, tetanus,diptheria, herpes zoster, etc. Also the recording of this within the state database available to all physicians treating that patient. Authority to prescribe medications to patients under authority of a supervising physician (same as a nurse practitioner) Clozapine registry for reporting blood work and lab values to monitor its safety prior to dispensing this medication for schizophrenics. Interpretation of lab values to adjust medication strengths or change drugs due to results. The labs fax the results directly to the pharmacy in time for appointments set up with the patient to review or make changes accordingly. Anticoagulation services to adjust warfarin dosing bases on PTT and INR times. We get the results and change the medication and report the changes to the authorizing physician. I wrote my own pharmacy software to keep track of my patients, doctors, drugs, drug-drug interactions, insurance billing. Other pharmacies also use my software including public health departments. I also have an unusual delivery vehicle since for the high risk pregnancies my coverage area was Michigan,Northwest Ohio, Northeast Indiana..... a 4 seat airplane which I was reimbursed for the fun of flying and the expenses associated with each flight. I love the interaction with my patients. One just now stopped by to bring in a fruit basket. Earlier today another with a gingerbread cake. Not that they needed something done today other than to say thanks for caring and to show their appreciation. The point of this is to show you that your responsibilities and fun have a lot to do with you. If you get a chance then go see what the job can entail by visiting a practice site of all three professions. In your selection, ask around who has a professional practice they would recommend for using their skills above and beyond the average. A good place to ask this question is at universities that offer the specialty in their curriculum. I want you to see what the possibilities are not just the average place to work. Then remember that your input is the key to make it something really special if you desire to do so. I think though that you will find that each profession can either be mundane or diverse and extremely interesting. Another option could also be combining either nursing or pharmacy with a degree in Public Health. That also opens up many new doors you might not have even thought about.

Jordon Jordon
You can be an RN with as little as a 2 year Associate's Degree, but there are pre-requisite courses which every school requires, so in all it may take 3 years. A Bachelor's degree in Nursing is a 4 year program (if you attend full-time). As a regular staff nurse in a hospital, a new graduate will earn about $25-$35 per hour depending on where you live. A BSN grad will not make that much more - only about $1 per hour. The BSN grads are more qualified for administrative and management positions though, so that's where you'd make more money with the higher degree. To be a nurse anesthetist you need a BSN and then go on to a master's program in nurse anesthesia, which is 2-3 more years. You do NOT need a doctorate degree as the first answer stated. Starting salaries for CRNAs are over $100k in all areas of the country. They make the most money, but it is the hardest area to get into. Very competative - you need high GPA and volunteer work and work experience in a critical care environment (ICU) or they will not accept you to their programs. They only want superstars.
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Georgene Georgene
For the best answers, search on this site https://shorturl.im/axbwd To become an Anesthetist, you would already know that you would first have to become a Doctor THEN train in anesthesiology. I've forgotten how long all up it takes. 14 years from start to finish? As your already a nurse then a anesthetist would be obtainable and I personally think exciting and a great career move.
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Della Della
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Della Originally Answered: Can someone help me get an inside opinion on becoming a Registered Nurse or Nurse Practitioner?
I became an RN slightly "later" in life, going to college for the first time just before turning 30, after raising my kids and working in crappy retail and customer service types of positions. I had no medical experience and started from scratch, like you. I started with my ADN, mostly for financial reasons and because it was easier to get into my ADN program at that moment in time. I found a way to do the test-out option for CNA licensure in my state and didn't even take the CNA class, just self-studied and went in and took the test. Never worked as a CNA either, only got that because it was required by the ADN RN program before you could start. I took about a year's worth of general education / prerequisite courses before I started the RN program, which is about average for most people going for an ADN. If you go for BSN, you take about 1.5-2 years of gen eds and prereqs before you can apply to the nursing program. It's a separate application process to get into any nursing program. You must first apply to the school as a general / undeclared student or a pre-nursing student, then once you fulfill the prereqs and other requirements (minimum GPA, etc.) then you can apply to the nursing program / major. It's competitive, so be prepared. Many students apply that do not get admitted the first time. Continue to work on other general ed courses which would fulfill your degree requirements in the meantime and bring your GPA up higher and apply again. Eventually you will get in. It's critical to know the school's admissions process and how they determine who gets in. So talk to an academic adviser and ask them questions like how many students apply vs. how many get admitted to the nursing program, what is the average GPA of admitted students, is there a wait list and if so are you guaranteed a spot the next admission session, how do they rank their applicants or is it a lottery system once you meet the minimum requirements, etc. You can take a lot of gen ed / prereqs for less money at a community college and then transfer to whatever school offers your BSN, but when you transfer, make sure well ahead of time that your schools have transfer agreements or can verify that the common courses like English, Biology, Chemistry, Anatomy & Physiology, etc. will transfer equally so you don't waste your time repeating courses. Once you finish your degree, you take the NCLEX exam to earn your RN license. Get a job, work for awhile and see where your interests lie before deciding on an NP program and specialty focus, like Adult or Family or Psychiatric or Pediatric, etc. For now, minimum education for NP is a Masters, and despite rumors of the changeover to a minimum of a Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) in 2015, this is not the case and there is no date set in stone - but it is coming eventually. As an NP you're more of a primary provider, like a doctor, seeing patients, writing prescriptions (in most states), making referrals to specialists, diagnosing and treating illnesses and minor injuries. You can make a decent amount of money, although many regular RNs who work in hospitals can make nearly the same as an NP once you get some seniority and work a little overtime. So you should decide where your interests lie and base your decision off that, and not on money aspects.

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