CRNA Advising

  1. I have heard from various posts on this site that it is best not to let the professors, etc., in RN school know that you plan on becoming a CRNA. Why is this? It seems to me that by informing your advisors what your final goal is, they would be able to help you in planning what classes to take while in RN school, etc. Where I am wrong?
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  2. 3 Comments

  3. by   lgcv
    A lot of nurses, especially the ones in education feel that nurse anesthesia is no longer nursing in it's purest form. Or some such BS.
  4. by   nilepoc
    You are not wrong per say, but there is a certain faction of the nursing academics that feel it is not right to go on and specialize in anesthesia. I had many instructors that were willing to help me out on my road to becomming and anesthetist. I had just as many if not more that thought i should not becomee a nurse in the first place if that was my goal.

    I think what we are all alluding to is that you should be careful who you make your allies, and who knows your intentions. I actually had instructors that wanted to deny me clinical experiences, based on my previously stated goal. Others though helped me write my paper and get it published. This same instructor (who was married to an anesthesiologist, and was and editor of the journal i published in) introduced me to many anesthesia providers, and allowed me to experience my first real live intubations (two of them) while still in school. Nursing instructors will help you, but some will hurt you.

    Good luck.

    Craig
  5. by   TexasCRNA
    Tell your ol'battle ax nursing instructors that first you want to work med surg for the next ten years and be just like them some day. Then go on to tell them how nursing is the best profession and highest calling there is and not last ,study really hard on those nursing diagnoses for they will really help figure things out.

    Seriously,
    The best thing to do while you are starting out dont say a word till you you get to know people first. Its sad to say but there are many nurses who love to see you fail. Remember its said that the nursing profession has a reputation of eating its young. There is a valid reason why there is a nursing shortage and one of the reasons is the later. Go out of your own way to meet crnas for they will be glad to talk to you if your interested in a crna goal. Dont wait for things to happen you make them happen get out there and meet the people you want to become. Gowkout

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