Military CRNA Programs - page 4

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Hi, I just have a basic question. I was wondering if there are any Military Nurses who are in a CRNA program. I know the Army has 2 one in Ft. Sam Houston, TX and in Walter Reed, DC. Navy has one in Bethesda MD (close to... Read More


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    Hello -- just registered to this forum because it looked like a great place to get information other than the school websites, from real people involved. Any advice / information would be greatly appreciated!

    I am 23 years old, graduated from the University of Florida's BSN program in May 2009, and currently working at the NF/SG VA here in Gainesville, FL. I have wanted to pursue a career as a Nurse Anesthetist for years now and have been excited about the USAGPAN program at Fort Sam Houston ever since I first heard about it. The VA has an Emplyee Incentive Scholarship Program (EISP) that I've been told helps substantially with costs of tuition and books. Anyone heard of this program and have any comments about it, like how much it actually helps cover compared to the total cost?? What is the total cost??

    I have finally reached the time for applying for the class that will begin in June of 2011 and am trying to get the ball rolling ASAP! Since I am a VA employee, and plan to continue to work for the VA after graduation (as opposed to be active Army or military), my questions are more directed towards that part of the program. I have asked many people and also did hear that they only accept about 4 VA nurses for each class but to hear that they only receive about 10 applications is very encouraging! I wonder how accurate that is??

    Currently I am working in the MICU and by the time I (hopefully) will be beginning the USAGPAN program will have 2 years of ICU experience. One of the topics I'm hoping for some feedback about is what people think about beginning this program with just 2 years ICU experience. Will that be enough time for me to be comfortable and successfully complete the program? I know the minimal requirement is 1 year, but I'm also very aware of the word minimum! Anyone completed the program or currently enrolled with students with 2 or less years of ICU experience?? Thoughts??

    Has any one applied to this program, not been accepted, and applied again for the following year? I've considered doing that if I am not accepted the first time...just wondering if any one else has done that or considered it...?

    I'm sure I will have many many more questions throughout this process, but these are just my preliminary ones....THANKS again for any and all responses!
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    You might want to google "nurse anesthesia" and go to the military forum. There are different threads on VA students in the USAGPAN program. Currently, we have 4 students and I think there are 4 starting in June '10.

    My two cents, .....I didn't realize" how little ICU experience I had", until I had > 5yrs experience under my belt. But thats just me.
    Just remember.....you will be running your codes, you will be the airway expert. Be sure your nursing skills are secure.......

    current USAGPAN student,
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    Quote from olderthandirt2
    You might want to google "nurse anesthesia" and go to the military forum. There are different threads on VA students in the USAGPAN program. Currently, we have 4 students and I think there are 4 starting in June '10.

    My two cents, .....I didn't realize" how little ICU experience I had", until I had > 5yrs experience under my belt. But thats just me.
    Just remember.....you will be running your codes, you will be the airway expert. Be sure your nursing skills are secure.......

    current USAGPAN student,
    Hi olderthandirt2,

    I find your responses really informative. I am still a few years away from CRNA school, but I am exploring my options. I was wondering if you could elaborate on how bad the students that failed out did. Everyone who is accepted into the program is the best out of the acceptance pool. I assume all these people are smart and hard working individuals. If the army offers support and remediation how do people fail out? This would be a big fear of mine in entering the Army nurse anesthetist program. I think of myself as a hardworking, intelligent fellow, but I am sure all the students who didn't make it through the program thought highly of themselves as well. Thanks for your time.

    Baxter31
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    Hey olderthandirt2. I just have a few questions for you about the program. I am in the AF and work in the PACU. They will except this for the program, but I am just wondering how far behind everyone else I will be...please message me if you don't mind. Thanks!
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    Dear VA RN

    I have 15 yrs of ICU experience and GPA 3.5. How high should my GRE be to gain admisson.

    Thank you
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    How is your experience in the Military CRNA school. I am a VA RN and looking forward to applying. How can I plan my transition ?


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