I know that CRNA schools look highly on the CCRN. Being realistic, how far into a person's ICU experience would they be best prepared for everything that getting a CCRN entails?
Currently I have worked over a year in the ICU setting (mostly MICU). I hope to be accepted to a CRNA program for fall of 2005. (keeping my fingers crossed).
One last thing, I'm getting married this May and was wondering how, perhaps the married SRNA's are doing. I'm freaked out that I won't have time to devote to my wife while in CRNA school.
Please feel free to give tons of advice to this newbie.
Mar 13, '04
1. CCRN. It's going to take effort on your part to get ready for the CCRN if your one year of experience is limited to MICU. Have a look at the exam blueprint on the AACN website. Many nurses have successfully passed it with limited experience in a specialty ICU, though. There are volumes of study materials available. If you have the time and motivation, why not?! Go for it!
2. Love and marriage. Anyone who thinks that a CRNA program is not going to impact their relationships is, at best, in for a rude awakening. It's incredibly time-consuming and often stressful. To call it a roller-coaster ride is an understatement! You have to make choices and priorities, which family may not always understand. I made the decision long ago that my happy marriage is the most important part of my life. I do not study all the time. I have an active life outside of school. I'm making adjustments to do it (up by 0500 every day, and I'm using my school loans for housework help), and I am not at the top of my class. But you know what? I am progressing well and my sanity and marriage are intact. I'm meeting my own goals and having a pretty good time doing it! Your time with your spouse will be limited - period. This may be an issue if your partner does not have interests separate from you. It's tough to be the one "left at home" when your partner is always off and running, especially for new relationships that do not have the benefit of time and experience.
3. Money. I know a couple of nurses whose sole motivation for attaining their CRNA was income (and, arguably, a dislike of bedside nursing). All it took was a few months in clinical for them to realize that money isn't enough when you're not a fit for the job you're doing. Recently, I had two sphincter-tightening episodes in the OR that could have resulted in dire patient outcomes if my preceptors didn't know exactly what they were doing. You're dang right CRNAs make decent money. And if you're not behind the drapes, well, you just don't know how much they deserve it.
Last edit by Athlein1 on Mar 13, '04
Mar 13, '04
I think maybe the distinction between "job" and "profession" might help explain my opinion. A person can spend 8 hours a day at something they hate, and strive to be excellent because that is how they provide for their family.
But I think it is very difficult to carry that same level of enthusiasm into a profession, something that you carry with you all the time, you can't leave it at work when you punch the time clock.
I think the ideal situation is for us all to have a passion for what we do. That fire in the belly will keep you going more than any amount of money. Sure, it is idealistic. I am sure there are plenty of people in anesthesia that don't really have a passion for it. But the ones who are really good, the ones that I would want at the head of the table if my family needs surgery, they have a passion for the profession that no amount of money can buy.
I use the same criteria to pick a physician. Yes, I believe you can tell the ones who are motivated by a genuine love of medicine. It shows, the same way it shows in anesthesia care.
Maybe I am assuming about some people's motives. But I know of more than one instance in which a MD has shared these feelings with me. That he regretted his investment in medicine, but was too far in to back out. Was pressured into it by family and others who needed his financial support. These are unhappy people.
Your sport analogy is a good one. There are players who love the game, but there are ones who love the money and fame. We can all tell the difference, which ones are more entertaining?
Sure, we all have to be realistic about money. I have a much better lifestlye than if I had to pay the bills on a basket weavers salary. I don't donate my paycheck to charity. I think it is fine to be motivated by money. But it is not enough-it is about balance.
About the CCRN-no the admissions committee won't know you failed unless you tell them. That was my point.(well, actually the more important point, is that if you don't pass the CCRN exam, you aren't ready for anesthesia school!) You may not believe it, but I have heard of that very thing happening.
Last edit by loisane on Mar 15, '04