This is my first time joining, and boy, what a wonderful forum for nurses!!! :hatparty:
I am planning to become a CRNA. I have been a nurse since 1996, and I have over 6 yrs of ICU/ER nursing experience combined. I am also an NP in a busy urban emergency dept. in Los Angeles. Since becoming an NP in 2002, I haven't been picking up ICU/ER shifts as an RN. I may occasionally pick up 1-2 ICU or ER shifts a month.
- Will this work against me when I apply to CRNA school? Do most require RECENT ICU/Critical Care nursing experience within the year of applying?
- Would some schools even take in consideration, my past critical care nursing experience in ICU and ER?
- Do schools look down upon NP applicants? I dunno...anyone out there who's an NP too, who is applying?
I plan to move back EAST in June, so that I can attend CRNA school (if I get accepted) in 2005. It's just too expensive to live in California!
I am also planning to (and, why I didn't do this years ago...?) take a CCRN refresher course as well as the GRE prior to leaving LA.
Gosh, I'm rambling on and on...I better stop. ANY ADVICE TO KEEP MY MOTIVATION UP WILL HELP.
Thanks to ya'll.