Although I am a student who has not yet begun my "real" nursing career, I can't help but plan ahead prematurely. This summer I worked in a special summer program where I worked as a nurse aide on med/surg but also was rotated to other units: ER, wound care, ICU, PACU, OR and OB.
Well I really found my rotation to the OR fascinating however the role of the nurses on this particular unit was not too thrilling (no ofense) nor was the surgery ... what interested me was what the anesthesiologist was doing. So, I am very interested in pursuing the CRNA path to get back into the OR.
Okay, long story short, I live in San Diego and just cannot relocate because hubby's job is here. So, I was wondering if any of you students attending Fullerton commute to campus/clinical? I looked it up on Mapquest.com and it looks like about a 2hr commute from Oceanside (if we move). Is this long commute feasible with the time commitment of the CRNA program? Do most of you live in the Los Angeles area?
The reason I'm planning so early is because I'm trying to make decisions - I'll be doing a nurse externship next summer and need to choose btwn ICU, ER, med/surg and OB. If becoming a CRNA is a feasible plan, then I will definitely need to start my ICU experience asap. I am already aware of all the other things needed in preparation for the program (grades, BSN, ICU experience, GRE scores, etc.), the only thing that I see as a real problem now is location/commute.
Well thanks for any and all input/advice.