Few questions from a young one.

  1. hello,
    i am a 20 y.o., male student who has just been accepted to a local, 1 1/2 year rn program. after becoming a rn, i plan to continue my education to become a crna. i am very excited about the life ahead of me, and i just have a few rather embarrassing and stupid questions to ask. hopefully some crnas will give me a couple answers.

    1. is there anything that one could have done to prohibit themselves from becoming a crna?(ie- convictions, drugs, etc.)

    i am mainly wondering if there is anyway to test, or if they even care, if you have ever tried any drugs?


    i know i sound like a young druggy, but i'm not. i have been in college for the past two years, and i now have a 3.5 gpa. i start the rn program in january of 05, and will be half way to my bachelors by then. i was just stupid in high school, and goofed off too much, and now i am wondering if my past will affect my future career.



    also, if there are any recomendations, i am more than greatfull to hear them.
    Last edit by Busy20yo on Apr 3, '04
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  3. by   TaylorMade,R.N.
    hello and welcome to the board. i sense a little nervousnes in your questions and would like to clear some things up for you right away. first of all if you have had a convicitons in your past this could very well prevent you from even becoming an rn. please check with your state board of nursing and with your local police department to see what is on your personal backgroud record. depending on the type of conviction (if you have one-*felony*) it may be in your best interests to pursue another career choice, because a felony conviction will not even allow you to sit for the rn boards. you could very well do well in school and graduate, but never be allowed to take boards to practice as an rn. now on the other hand assuming that you have no felony convictions and just had a little experimental drug use in the past, also assuming that you are not currently using or in drug rehab you will only have to take and pass the normal drug screen and stay clean from here on out through the rest of your professional nursing career. hope this provides you with the answers that you were looking for. best of luck.




    Quote from busy20yo
    hello,
    i am a 20 y.o., male student who has just been accepted to a local, 1 1/2 year rn program. after becoming a rn, i plan to continue my education to become a crna. i am very excited about the life ahead of me, and i just have a few rather embarrassing and stupid questions to ask. hopefully some crnas will give me a couple answers.

    1. is there anything that one could have done to prohibit themselves from becoming a crna?(ie- convictions, drugs, etc.)

    i am mainly wondering if there is anyway to test, or if they even care, if you have ever tried any drugs?


    i know i sound like a young druggy, but i?m not. i have been in college for the past two years, and i now have a 3.5 gpa. i start the rn program in january of 05, and will be half way to my bachelors by then. i was just stupid in high school, and goofed off too much, and now i am wondering if my past will affect my future career.



    also, if there are any recomendations, i am more than greatfull to hear them.
  4. by   smiling_ru
    Quote from busy20yo
    hello,
    i am a 20 y.o., male student who has just been accepted to a local, 1 1/2 year rn program. after becoming a rn, i plan to continue my education to become a crna. i am very excited about the life ahead of me, and i just have a few rather embarrassing and stupid questions to ask. hopefully some crnas will give me a couple answers.

    1. is there anything that one could have done to prohibit themselves from becoming a crna?(ie- convictions, drugs, etc.)

    i am mainly wondering if there is anyway to test, or if they even care, if you have ever tried any drugs?


    i know i sound like a young druggy, but i'm not. i have been in college for the past two years, and i now have a 3.5 gpa. i start the rn program in january of 05, and will be half way to my bachelors by then. i was just stupid in high school, and goofed off too much, and now i am wondering if my past will affect my future career.



    also, if there are any recomendations, i am more than greatfull to hear them.
    the only thing i would add to the previous post is that if the problems occurred when you were a juvenile you can have your record expunged and it will not come back to bite you.
  5. by   jrvb
    When you start clinical I would avoid hanging out in the med room for any prolonged period of time. Just kidding! However if you have no felony convictions I would definately not bring it up to anyone on an admissions committee.
  6. by   Busy20yo
    ok. thanks a lot guys/gals. No I don't have ANY convictions, and i've never really been in trouble at all. Never been addicted to anything either. I was just stupid and slightly experimental in H.S.

    I figured that since this job involves controlled substances, and the responsibility of having someone else's life in your hands, the requirments might be very strict. I know for SOME government jobs you must pass a lie detector test saying you've NEVER done ANY drugs. I didn't think it would be this way to become a CRNA, but i figured i'd double/triple check to make sure i am not going to be wasting the next 6 yrs. on a hopless cause.

    Thank you VERY much for answering such retarded questions.
  7. by   TaylorMade,R.N.
    I think that you need to rethink your 6 yr plan for become a CRNA. On average undergraduate school is 4-5 yrs, passing boards and getting a minimal of 1-2 yrs extensive ICU experience and then completing the average 24-36 month CRNA program. This equates to about 7.5-9 yrs before becoming a CRNA. Just make sure you know what you are in for and I hope that it's not just for the MONEY???? Best of luck!




    Quote from Busy20yo
    ok. thanks a lot guys/gals. No I don't have ANY convictions, and i've never really been in trouble at all. Never been addicted to anything either. I was just stupid and slightly experimental in H.S.

    I figured that since this job involves controlled substances, and the responsibility of having someone else's life in your hands, the requirments might be very strict. I know for SOME government jobs you must pass a lie detector test saying you've NEVER done ANY drugs. I didn't think it would be this way to become a CRNA, but i figured i'd double/triple check to make sure i am not going to be wasting the next 6 yrs. on a hopless cause.

    Thank you VERY much for answering such retarded questions.

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