advice for future CRNA

  1. Hello,

    I will begin school in fall to become an RN. I'm just having a hard time to decide if I should go from a ADN to a BSN or directly to a BSN. Financially the ADN route looks much better for me since I will have to live on student loan just to get by and have 2 kids. But my main concern is I will get lazy to back to school right away, delaying my time to become a CRNA. Also, once I try to get my BSN, the courses may be harder because the ADN courses are not as detailed as the pre-requisites for BSN. For example, the ADN does not require math or Chemisty and I would take Anatomy and Physiology as one class where with BSN I would take it as 2 seperate classes.

    Also, could someone recommend a good Nurse Anesthesia school in the south? After I become an RN I intend on moving to a town with a good Anesthesia school. I live in Oklahoma where there is absolutely none.

    TIA,
    Cynthia
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  2. 8 Comments

  3. by   meandragonbrett
    Cynthia,
    University of Alamaba @ Birmingham, and The University of Tennesse-Memphis *Where i'm planning on going* are two good schools in the south.
  4. by   AL bug
    Cynthia, I am from Huntsville, AL. I would recommend UAB, UT-Chatanooga, I am at CAMC in WV. UAB is starting a clinical site in Huntsville. I love it there and wish I were there, but couln't take the chance and I got accepted first here.
  5. by   alansmith52
    I did my ADN then ADN to BSN and have never taken out a student loan. plus wife and kid another on the way.
    matt
  6. by   AL bug
    I had no student loans from undergrad, but some people in my class have $40,000 undergrad +grad now
  7. by   Cynthiann
    I have no choice but to get student loans unless I want to file bankruptcy. With $1500 worth of bill every month and only $1000 coming in. Actually, I almost decided to wait a few years to go to school to pay off some bills first but decided I wanted to go to school now, I'd rather struggle now. And me working while in school is not an option for me because daycare would cost more than I could make so it would be pointless.

    AL bug,

    I don't know anything about Huntsville, why do you love it so much? Can you describe the kind of town it is to me? How is the cost of living? I want to move some place that is not much more expensive than OKC.

    I was wanting to move to Florida (where a grew up) but realized the cost of living is much higher but the pay isn't.
  8. by   Qwiigley
    Dear Cyn;
    I would definately go directly to the BSN route. It really is the better education and when you apply to CRNA schools, they look at your undergrad work extensively. I went to a really good undergrad school here in California, had good grades and still it was difficult to get accepted. In our program this year, 240 applications and they accepted only 30 people. Good Luck!
  9. by   bubba
    Cynthiann
    A few good CRNA schools near Oklahoma are:
    Texas Wesleyan in Fort Worth, Tx
    Newman in Wichata, Kansas and
    SMSU School of Anesthesia in Springfield, Mo
    Hope this was helpful
  10. by   kmchugh
    Cynthiann

    Since you already know you want to be a CRNA, I would go ahead and take the BSN route, if you can swing it. It is possible (but not necessarily easy) to complete a BSN in about 3 to 3 1/2 years. The bottom line, whether it takes you 3, 4, or 5 years, you won't find yourself in the position of having to finish up your bachelor's degree whiile juggling work and two kids.

    As for CRNA schools, you don't say where in Oklahoma you are, but as a graduate of Newman University, I can recommend it for both academic and financial reasons.

    Kevin McHugh

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