Hi There, I have been interested in becoming a CRNA for the past 10 years. In fact, this was one of the reasons I changed careers into nursing nine years ago. I had even shadowed crna and used every opprotunity to spend some time in the the OR to be sure of what I wanted to do. After my acelerated BSN program, I was encouraged by professors and family to apply for the NP program. At that time I protested, but everyone said, that doesn't stop you from becoming a crna. nevertheless, I applied on the deadline date and not only got accepted but got a full ride scholarship with extra stipends and grants. Then everyone's reaction was oh, you can't let that money go to waste, just do the APN program. I did it but was very divided internally as I felt I should have taken an ICU position instead. I completed the program 5 years ago and due to challenges not planned for including having to refuse a surgical ICU job in a big hospital due to being placed on bedrest with a very challenging pregnancy ( which I eventually lost) and then proceeding to have kids afterwards, with all the financial challenges I pretty much resigned to just practicing as an ANP.
However that desire to be a CRNA has never diminished. Instead it has increased, the more I have continued to work as an inpatient NP (hospitalist). Now I have decided to pursue my dreams. My biggest challenge has been getting an ICU RN job. I have even applied for IMU ( I have some experience in that) positions, but a part of me feels like since most of my recent clinical experiences have been as an APN, that is likely discouraging recruiters from considering my resume for an interview.
I need advice, on what steps I can take to land a RN ICU job. Please anyone who has gone through this transition, or gone through the application process or has any info is welcome to give their input.
FYI: Academically, I think I might be ok to apply with my GPA ( BSN-3.85, MSN- 3.77, ) A in all my science prereqs to apply.