I need honest advice about getting into CRNA school

  1. I am going to be 22 years old next month. I have been a nurse for 4 years now. 1 year in OB where we have epidurals, do our own C-sections and tubals and recover those patients after anethesia, 2 years ER, 1 and 1/2 year 2 12 hours days per week in a level one CCU. I have ACLS, PALS, and NRP. I am preparing to take my CCRN this summer. My GPA is 3.5 (nursing classes 3.8). I know you are wondering, how is she 22 and a nurse 4 years? I graduated high school (not GED) when I was 16, graduated nursing school when I was 18, the rest is history. I finish my BSN this December and I am taking O-chemistry this fall. I have completed all of while being the mother of 4 boys, two before I ever graduated from high school. Paying for school is not a concern. Does anyone out there with some experience in this think I will get in, what can I do about bettering mu chances?
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  3. by   msummar_smc
    Quote from luster7576
    I am going to be 22 years old next month. I have been a nurse for 4 years now. 1 year in OB where we have epidurals, do our own C-sections and tubals and recover those patients after anethesia, 2 years ER, 1 and 1/2 year 2 12 hours days per week in a level one CCU. I have ACLS, PALS, and NRP. I am preparing to take my CCRN this summer. My GPA is 3.5 (nursing classes 3.8). I know you are wondering, how is she 22 and a nurse 4 years? I graduated high school (not GED) when I was 16, graduated nursing school when I was 18, the rest is history. I finish my BSN this December and I am taking O-chemistry this fall. I have completed all of while being the mother of 4 boys, two before I ever graduated from high school. Paying for school is not a concern. Does anyone out there with some experience in this think I will get in, what can I do about bettering mu chances?
    You don't need my advice ... I need advice from you. You are definitely fast on your way. Study for the GRE and do well on it.
  4. by   Kiwi
    I feel lowly now. 4 kids and 4 years of nursing and your only 22. wow.

    If there are any schools in particular you're interested in, go shadow them and speak to an academic advisor. Your stats look good.
  5. by   UCDSICURN
    Ditto what msummar said. Doing all that with four children, wow! is all I can say. Seriously, my hat is off to ya. The only thing that would concern me, if it even applies, is having support network set up for you and your boys, well in advance so that you'll succeed. Graduate work, especially CRNA school is way more time intensive and demanding than undergraduate work.

    If you haven't already, read Craig's (Nilepoc's) blogger. It'll give you a good idea of what to expect. http://www.nilepoc.com

    I don't think you'll have any problems getting in. You'll truly stick out in the minds of the interviewers but be prepared to answer the above question regarding how you're going to manage graduate work and family.

    Hope this helps...

    Donn C.
  6. by   luster7576
    Let me add that if I get into either of the schools that I want to get into, We are going to move in with my parents who live 30 minutes from one school and 1 hour from another, we will have no bills to pay there, 3 bedrooms to ourselves and full time childcare for my youngest 2 at my mother's job, the elementary school is walking distance for the older 2, and my mother is crazy about the idea, eager to babysit or do whatever she can to help!
  7. by   tcrn
    Dang! I wish I was YOU!!! I think that any school would be impressed by your resume'. I however, do not think they will ask or have any business asking about your family situation. It is simply not their concern end of story. It is obvious that you can do it! Think hard, about your kids. Maybe it would be best to wait till they are all in school or what ever mile stone you choose. Good luck!
  8. by   UCDSICURN
    I didn't mean to sound like they are going to grill you about your family situation. I meant it in the context of her using her situation of overcoming big odds to be a strong performer. If she uses it for her letter for instance, then isn't it fair game? Anyhow it doesn't matter, she has a nice support network and will obviously do fine.

    Donn C.
  9. by   pokey sn
    Luster what wonderful ambition you have! I join the others in saying I'm envious You won't have any problems. I think the admissions board will be impressed by your drive and determination not to mention your intelligence. Good luck in all that you do! Let us know how it all turns out.
    You GO Girl
  10. by   tcrn
    I think it is all good... I would just stick to the facts that they are interested in like grades and experience. I think that being the mom of 4 is terrific... I just wonder how a panel would see it with ump-teen other applicatants with great interviews. In my eyes minimal is best... I know of someone who lives to this day wondering if letting out too much about the family kept her out. In this case I do not think anything could keep this girl from getting her goals!~
    Quote from UCDSICURN
    I didn't mean to sound like they are going to grill you about your family situation. I meant it in the context of her using her situation of overcoming big odds to be a strong performer. If she uses it for her letter for instance, then isn't it fair game? Anyhow it doesn't matter, she has a nice support network and will obviously do fine.

    Donn C.
  11. by   TraumaNurse
    Wow! I'm impressed! I think you will have no problem getting into school and you seem to have the determination and means to do very well! My advice, kick butt on the GRE and have a good interview and your in! Good luck.
    By the way, what schools are you applying to?
  12. by   luster7576
    Quote from TraumaNurse
    Wow! I'm impressed! I think you will have no problem getting into school and you seem to have the determination and means to do very well! My advice, kick butt on the GRE and have a good interview and your in! Good luck.
    By the way, what schools are you applying to?
    I am planning on applying to University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis Tennessee and Arkansas State University.
  13. by   vtwincrna
    I have edited this message because it was a personal attack on another user and was offensive.
    Last edit by TraumaNurse on Apr 28, '04 : Reason: Message was an offensive personal attack to another poster
  14. by   luster7576
    Quote from vtwincrna
    Quote removed due to attack like nature. * Nilepoc *
    Sorry to tell you but it is the truth. I do not neglect my kids. At one point in time when I was going through nursing school I did not see them as often as I wanted to but never neglected. As far as my husband is concerned, he is very supportive but I have not always had him around. We have been married for 4 years and my oldest child is 8, you do the math (if you can). I know there are simple minded people out their such as your self. I can not help it that when I became pregnant I decided to make sure I did something with my life and from the way you sound, you are the type of person that if placed in the same situation would drop out of school and end up on welfare. Sorry if I have more self respect than that!:angryfire
    Last edit by nilepoc on Apr 30, '04

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