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Where did your desire to become CRNA start?

  1. 0 Just wondering how many of you started off from the beginning to become what you are. Who decided later? I'm awaiting acceptance to an ADN program now but I decided at 30yrs. old that I wanted to go into to anethstesia. Anyone willing to share their story or lend any pitfall avoidance insight?
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  3. Visit  Fumanchuesday profile page
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    When I considered CRNA as a profession, I was probably 22 years old and in the middle of a Healthcare Management bachelors degree. I only had about a year and a 1/2 left, so I decided to finish and apply to an accelerated 2nd degree nursing program. I graduated this December and applied to nursing school in January. I was accepted and start next month. CRNA school is still a long way down the road, but I know it is what I want to do. I did an internship and shadowed a CRNA last fall and I really enjoyed it. Good luck to you, and if you havent already, I would suggest that you shadow a CRNA to get a better perspective of the field that interests you (Anesthesia).
    Last edit by Fumanchuesday on Jul 21, '11
  4. Visit  jeskam profile page
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    Thanks for sharing, I think that would be a great idea.
  5. Visit  jadx2011 profile page
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    I worked with CRNAs at the office I used to work at. There were a group of 7 different CRNAs and they all came from different backgrounds. I was able to become friends with some of them and asked them millions of questions about being a CRNA. 2 of them worked at Rush University as instructors for their CRNA programs. I am just starting the nursing program ( I start this fall) and can not wait to finish and continue on to become a CRNA. I never even knew what a CRNA was prior to meeting the ones that I worked with.
  6. Visit  crr1987 profile page
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    Im a 5th grade teacher about to start my 3rd year of teaching and first year of nursing school at the weekend program through TWU. I want to be a CRNA beacuse of a few reasons.
    1. Autonomy
    2. Prestige
    3. Job outlook
    4. Salary

    I know that entrance to CRNA programs is highly competitive and i'm looking into an ACNP program as a back up.
  7. Visit  wtbcrna profile page
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    Quote from crr1987
    Im a 5th grade teacher about to start my 3rd year of teaching and first year of nursing school at the weekend program through TWU. I want to be a CRNA beacuse of a few reasons.
    1. Autonomy
    2. Prestige
    3. Job outlook
    4. Salary

    I know that entrance to CRNA programs is highly competitive and i'm looking into an ACNP program as a back up.
    Prestige?.... It sounds exciting and maybe prestigious from the outside lookin in, but being a CRNA is a far cry from being prestigious. Just my opinion...
  8. Visit  crr1987 profile page
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    Yes prestige, APNs are roles to be proud of!!
  9. Visit  jeskam profile page
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    Forgive my ignorance but what ACNP or ANP?
    Last edit by jeskam on Aug 3, '11 : Reason: sp
  10. Visit  traumaRUs profile page
    #8 0
    ACNP - acute care nurse practitioner
    ANP - adult nurse practitioner
  11. Visit  jeskam profile page
    #9 0
    Thanks, I thought I had all the acronyms down at this point!
  12. Visit  wtbcrna profile page
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    Quote from crr1987
    Yes prestige, APNs are roles to be proud of!!
    Lol...I am proud to be a CRNA, but being prestigious is not the same. It doesn't matter how I feel about it though, but how you will defend/describe those reasons on your application/interview for NA school. I am pretty sure that I won't be the only CRNA to hone on that one phrase. Just hopefully helpful advice.....
  13. Visit  crr1987 profile page
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    Advice much appreciated, prestige is not something I would discuss in an interview for sure!
  14. Visit  lunarjuice profile page
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    I took a health occupations class as a sophomore in high school. That's where I learned about anesthesia. It sounded so cool... so that's what I set out to do. Went to nursing school a year after I graduated high school, and graduated with my BSN 3.5 years later. Worked for 9 years in the ICU/CCU/SICU/MICU/trauma/neuro ICU's and was a flight nurse for 2 years (a lot of those simultaneously) before I decided that I wasn't getting any younger and I'd better make this goal of mine happen. I went back to school in 2008, and graduated in 2010. I'd never do it again, but it's the best decision I've ever made!!

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