Our nursing "call to candidates" for grad schools starting next year came out yesterday. Oddly enough, there were only 7 funded nurse anesthesia slots (compared to the 25 for the last two years). I asked my chief nurse what's going on? She stated that they were recruiting more MDAs so that they can head CCATT (crit care air transport teams--consists of a crit care MD, ICU nurse, and a RT tech).
Personally, I think that their solution to an unbeatable chronic shortage of CRNAs is to just cut slots so that we are "fat" all of a sudden. The actual slots go from 170-something to 120-something (sorry, I left the exact numbers on my desk at work).
We are fixing to send 25% of our anesthesia folks to Iraq (half are CRNAs cause the MDAs are "on profile" due to injury, asthma, pregnancy, etc.). I'm not seeing where we are headed?? Anybody out there have any insight?
If any of you are thinking about joining the AF for eventual CRNA school, look very carefully...competition all of a sudden got real stiff. Funny, I had a CRNA tell a room full of folks just last month that "if you are breathing you can get accepted." (Last year they had to have a second selection process with the 3.0GPA/1000/1500GRE waivered...and they still only ended up with 23 total out of 25 slots!
Here are the real numbers for those who are interested:
Application Procedures for Graduate Education
Nursing Practice Specialties
Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS)
Critical Care (3 Funded)
Perinatal (Obstetric) (1 Unfunded)
Emergency/Trauma (2 Funded)
Medical-Surgical (Adult Health) (2 Funded)
Perioperative (3 Funded)
Neonatal Intensive Care (1 Funded)
Pediatric (1 Unfunded)
Geriatric (1 Unfunded)
Nursing Education (MS) (1 Unfunded)
Nurse Anesthesia (7 Funded/1 Unfunded) Nurse Practitioner Programs Women's Health Care Nurse Practitioner Masters Degree (3 Funded)
Women' Health Care Nurse Practitioner Post Masters Certificate (2 Funded)
Family Nurse Practitioner (4 Funded)
Nurse Midwifery (7 Funded)
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (4 Funded)
Community Health Nursing (5 Funded)
Masters in Health Administration/Army Baylor Program (1 Funded/1 Unfunded))
Combined Masters in Business Administration/Masters in Nursing (2 Funded)
[font='Times New Roman']PhD Nursing Science (1 Funded)
Jun 12, '04
Last edit by alansmith52 on Jun 13, '04
: Reason: sobriety