Quote from gluck
This thread has me wondering how important the choice of school will be in finding a work.
Actually, I probably already know what my first job will be, but what about down the road ... if I'm from a lesser ranked school, is that going to reflect badly?
'lesser ranked' by who? The US News & World rankings don't mean anything to the employers (they are just to sell the US News & World magazine, the methods used to come up with the rankings are not useful) What is meaningful is the type of clinical experience you get while in school.For example, if you can show employers that you have solid experience in regional techniques that will mean something if that is what they are looking for. Some ACT groups may not value it, or may actually see it as a negative if they perceive you may rock the boat. But in general the more clinical experience the better, and more and more employers are looking for someone who can think for themselves. One thing I would specifically stear away from is a program where the SRNAs don't push their own drugs, and/or need to ask before they administer any drugs. That type of background will be very difficult to overcome and move into an indepdent practice, it makes you 'need' a MDA. It also is a quick way to determine that the attitude toward CRNAs is to severely limit their practice.
Programs do get reputations with employers, usually through the type of people they have graduated in the past. A program that is selective will have a high percentage of quality people out there representing them. A program that takes 50-100 people a year will have some good and some bad, if a particular employers happens to get a couple of people they consider 'bad' then that can play a role in future hires. Another employer in the same area might have a great opinion of the same program. A well established program with a smaller class size, and one that is a little more selective ie more than 1 year experience, no exceptions to the GPA or other admissions requirements might be a better bet.
Think of every CRNA, MDA and surgeon that you work with as a potential future reference. The unofficial references are the most powerful. Does that mean you have to 'suck up' and never stand up for yourself to a surgeon, no. But doing suduko, or other silly stuff is noticed by the surgeon.