Hey all! I am looking to shadow a CRNA in the field in either Oregon or Washington. I am from Portland Oregon and don't really know the best way to accomplish this. I am a BSN student, and before I get jumped on for shadowing above my pay grade, let me explain my situation. I need to shadow a CRNA sooner rather than later not because I am going to attempt to enter CRNA school before I do 3-5 years in the ICU but because I need to make a choice between CRNA and FNP by the time I complete my BSN. I originally reentered school with a goal of FNP to supplement my chiropractic degree. After observing some CRNA's in clinical, I am now examining this as an option. I can either stick to the original plan and head to FNP school when I graduate or start looking for ICU work (or something that will lead to it). It all hinges on if I think CRNA is right for me, for which I need to do some shadowing. I would really appreciate any help and thanks for all the great info on this site.
Feb 26, '12
Shadowing is really important for both of those career choices. Take advantage of being a nursing student and see if your school can set up the shadowing for you. I shadowed after I was already an RN and it was really hard to find a hospital that would let me. I contacted my prospective anesthesia schools and they actually set me up with a shadowing experience. I still had to basically sneak into the OR before anyone would give me the time of day.
Feb 27, '12
I'd look up and call some local anesthesia practices that utilize CRNAs and ask to shadow one. That's how I did it here. AANW is one group based in the Portland area that utilizes CRNAs.