Quote from hoplite07
EmTrauma is planning on applying for next fall. At that point he/she will have about 2.5 years ICU experience. Sure more is great, but that fulfills requirements. For all we know EmTrauma has excellent grades and can handle tough science courses. I agree that experience is important but the question isn't really "should I pursue CRNA now or not?" It's "what drew you to be a CRNA and do you love it?"
The OP is putting the cart ahead of the horse IMO, and if you have been looking at admission requirements and stats of accepted applicants, having the minimum requirements doesn't cut it in reputable schools
. Yes they say that 3.0 and 1 year is needed to apply but the reality is probably closer to 5 years, although there are exceptions, and if you are saying that more clinical experience isn't going to help someone, then that is ridiculous. Making rookie mistakes is going to cost someone their life, the goal is to be a competent, well rounded anesthesia provider, not a way to get in and out of school fast.
ou are assuming that this person has great grades in tough science courses, maybe he/she does, but the fact is many nursing schools only require basic bio and chem (not science major level) so unless he/she has taken a course like organic chem, biochem, physics or cell physiology they would have no idea. I have taken all of these advanced courses over the past few years and they made the pre-nursing requirements look like a cake walk. Think you don't need them? Look at the curriculum for CRNA programs, many have a physics and chem componant for anesthesia course.
EMtrauma if you really want to go for it, you should. Make yourself a competitive applicant by scoring high on the GRE, take an advanced science class like biochem or cell physiology at the very least, and try to gain further experience by floating or take an agency job outside of your home unit.
If you like the crashing/unstable patient aspect of it, ACNP is also a good choice. We use them in the ICU I work at, and they handle that stuff on a daily basis as well.