How many years does it take to be a registered nurse? Also: Registered Nurse vs. Nurse Anesthetist?
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. show more 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.
Pros and Cons.
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. show more 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.
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.