My name is Josephine and this is going to be my first post on this board.
I have a BS in Biochem and was accepted to Columbia's master program for non-nursing BS/BA holders. My first choice of specialty is Nurse Anesthesia. Unfortunately, I was put on wait list but was allowed to pick any other specialty.
So, I am trying to decide if I should go for another specialty (e.g. Acute Care Nurse Practitioner), or should I somehow get into a CRNA program (wait and reapply, defer 2nd phase and work for a year then apply to other schools
, or apply for post-master cert. after this program).
I would love to know why you decided to become a CRNA, and what job satifcations you can get from working as a CRNA that other careers cannot offer. I know CRNA makes good money, but I don't want money alone to determine what I want to do.
I would also like to listen to your honest opinion on any down side of being a CRNA.
Thanks in advance for your reply.
Apr 5, '04
I think it is a very good idea that all crna's schools require at least one year of critical care as a RN; not just because you will need at least some background in being around sick people, but also you get a chance to see if critical care is for you. Believe it or not some people find it very stressful and once realizing that would never want the stress that comes with anesthesia managemnet. Most nurses who apply to anesthesia school have worked in critical care areas enough to know if they can or want to handle that kind of stress. However, I have met a couple of medical residents who were in anesthesia and switched and everyone of them cited the stress level was too high. Why is that? I think because most as medical students did not get enough exposure to really sick patients, much less have those types of patient's lives in their hands. So what I am getting at is I don't think it would be good to just jump right into anesthesia school with no critical care exposure. I aslo don't personally agree with the three year BSN/NP programs, however I have met one who graduated from one program and she seems to be doing well. However, I don't quite understand how they can teach a person how to be a bedside nurse and practice medicine in as little as 3 years. It takes at least 4 years of medical school and a three year residency to practice internal medicine or family medicine.
And please don't take my comments as being directed at you in a negative way, I am just giving you my humble opion concerning these issues. I wish the best and hope you do try become a crna it can be a very rewarding career.
Last edit by MICU RN on Apr 5, '04
Apr 7, '04
Quote from Cherish
Georgetown does have a program like that. So yes it is TRUE that you can be in a CRNA program without having been a nurse first. As long as you have a Bachelors they then train you to get a BSN. Which takes about a year. Then its 2-2 1/2 yrs to get the Masters to become a CRNA.
Wow. And I thought things all of these one year accelerated BSN programs were nuts. Now you can acquire an acclerated BSN and, essentially, an acclerated CRNA, where you don't even have to be a nurse or work in ICU first? All in just three years?
Sorry to be blunt, but this is wrong. I assumed these standards were established for a reason. I'm committed to following them, even if it takes me another five to ten years. But if somebody else doesn't have to well, quite frankly, that's irritating, to say the least.
Do they want me to follow the established standards, or not? Do they want me to obtain the appropriate education and experience, or not? Because if other people are allowed to take shortcuts, well, I will seriously question whether I should invest the time and money into this profession.
Last edit by Sheri257 on Apr 7, '04