Any Navy CRNA's out there? - page 3
Would it in your opinion be better to lt the Navy pay for CRNA school, or would you say it is better to just take the loans?... Read More
May 4, '11 by JG2900Tommy, I'm not Johanna, but I used to work with her, and I am currently going through the process of applying for the Navy's CRNA program at UHUHS. I am also prior enlisted (I left as a CTI3). So here's how it works. As Johanna says, once you get to your first duty station, you'll be placed where you're most needed - for me, it was Mother Baby Unit, but I have seen others assigned to Psych, MedSurg, even Labor and Delivery. You'll spend your first 12-18 months there getting your nursing skills up to speed and learning time management. After that, if you're lucky and have advocated for yourself, you can usually get transferred to the area you prefer to work, whether it's ICU, PACU, ED, whatever.
Prerequisites for Nurse Anesthesia are: Statistics (if you haven't taken it as part of your undergrad - I think you have to have taken it within 5 years of applying for USUHS), college level biochemistry (also within five years), a minimum of 1000 combined on the GRE, acceptance to USUHS, and three letters of recommendation (one of them must be from a Navy CRNA). You must have at least a 3.0 GPA from your undergrad, and a minimum of one year experience (although two is preferred) in acute nursing care.
The people who I have known who have gotten commissioned after having civilian nursing experience have gotten some credit for their nursing experience in terms of rank - one person I knew only had 6 months experience working as an RN (with her BSN - this is important), but the Navy allowed her to promote to O2 after 18 months instead of the 2 years it takes someone with no experience. However, if you work as an RN with an ADN, the Navy does not give you credit for that time.
Hope this helps.