Hi all! I've read a few other threads similar to my question, but figured I'd ask directly. I'm graduating in 4 weeks from an ADN program. I LOVE the ICU, the advanced procedures and critical thinking, as well as fast paced and rapidly changing environment are right up my alley. I have excellent time management and my clinical skills are strong, and I have no doubt that I could excel in the ICU.
My ultimate goal is to become a CRNA. However, I do love the ICU as well, and am by no means in a hurry to get my experience and get into CRNA school ASAP. I feel that getting the most out of my ICU experience and being proficient in those advanced skills will make me stronger as a CRNA. The time frame I'm thinking is 5-8 years.
SO, my question is- should I say on my resume/cover letter/personal statements that I want to be a CRNA eventually? I understand that a lot of students just want to get their year of ICU experience and get into NA school. I have had CRNA under my long-term objective on my resume because I think it shows direction and that I'm a high achiever. BUT, I don't want to hurt my chances at getting interviews by nurse managers thinking that they'll invest the time and $$ to train me, and then I'll leave for school immediately. I guess I'm torn between leaving the CRNA goal on my resume, and stating that it's my "10 year plan", and just leaving it off completely. I don't want to lie either about my future goals.
May 15, '11
You'll hear different opinions on this as there was just recently a thread on this topic.
My personal opinion is to leave it out. I think it's great that you have a 10 year goal to become a CRNA. However, as you already pointed out, a facility is going to invest a lot of time and money to train you for the unit. I personally think someone may skip over you with the thought that you will up and leave when you get your experience, even though that may not be your intention. I would change it to a long term goal of getting your Masters degree, but not list anything specific.
May 15, '11
Not if you want to get hired.
May 18, '11
Absolutely not. It's the most annoying thing to train a CTICU nurse who then up and leaves just as they become useful.
May 20, '11
I agree with everyone else, no one wants to know your 10 year goal anyway really, it usually involves leaving the floor where they need you.
May 23, '11
Thanks so much for everyone's input! I've updated my resume' and cover letter template accordingly. =) Hopefully I'll be joining all you critical care nurses soon!
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