Psych NP to CRNA

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    Hi,

    This may be a stupid question. I have a MSN and am board certified as a Psychiatric/Mental Health NP and practicing the last 5 years. If I wanted to become a CRNA now, would I be able to do a post-master's or DNP as a CRNA with all the coursework and clinical work that entails, or would I have to go be an RN in an ICU/ED for 2 years, then apply for a new Master's/Doctorate, etc?

    Just curious. Thanks for any info. I have sent some emails to schools asking about this too.
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    You need at least one year of critical care experience to qualify for nurse anesthesia school.
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    Quote from wtbcrna
    You need at least one year of critical care experience to qualify for nurse anesthesia school.
    This.

    No way around it.
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    If its any consolation im sure that you would easily get right into school after a year. Your biggest issue is going to be to convince your ICU unit to let you work there knowing that you will be leaving soon.
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    Cool, only one year. That might be interesting. Thanks!
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    You can if you have a recent ICU experience even as an NP. I am just starting CRNA as post master's to bridge to DNP. My MSN was in ACNP and working in the ICU.


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