ICU in community hospital or Stepdown in academic hospital - page 2

Hi to all ICU RN's/CRNA's, I'm a new grad with full-time immersion experience in the ICU and am hoping to become an ICU nurse, and possibly a CRNA one day. I know that I'll need to get... Read More

  1. by   SEWRN
    Congrats, pink4! Sounds like you got yourself a plan! If you feel confident enough though, maybe you can even start immediately in the ICU so that time counts for the requirements to apply for CRNA school =) Also just an FYI, by the time we apply to CRNA if we are to, the CRNA programs would be converted to DNP programs rather than MSN. Just something to think about as you mentally prepare yourself for that =)
  2. by   pink4
    I do feel like I'm confident enough but let's just say my ICU mentors really are pushing me to do the floor first... I really dont want to but they promise me it will make a world of a difference in time management and skill set.. So we will see!

    The university I'm looking at has a dnp program after the msn program but I sure would be happy to skip msn and go straight to dnp like some schools are already doing it!
  3. by   pink4
    I def know though as soon as I hit my 1 yr mark in ICU I will start applying! The worst they can say is to reapply next year!
    What schools you looking to apply SewRN? I'm in Houston, TX so I only have 2 options! Lol
  4. by   SEWRN
    haha pink4, i agree. once i hit my 1 yr mark, i'll start applying if i feel comfortable enough. by 2015, all msn programs must be converted to DNP so there won't be a master's crna program by then. i'm in illinois, so i'm fortunate to have 3 schools close enough =)
  5. by   pink4
    Yay!!!! Its the DNP status nationwide??? I was looking in aana.com and didn't see anything about that? Can you point me to an article or something that says exactly who this applies too?? oh I'm soooo excited!!!
  6. by   pink4
    Never mind I see now.. It states in 2015 the change needs to start, and be in full effect by 2025.. Hmm... Interesting!!!!
  7. by   SEWRN
    Hi pink4! Was just reading this thread as I'm possibly starting crna school next year. Wondering if you ended up applyingand what you're up to now!
  8. by   ghillbert
    Don't plan on CRNA when you start. That's a good way to annoy your colleagues. Plan on becoming the best stepdown/ICU nurse you can, and gaining skill in managing sick ICU patients. Go where the patients are the most acute. You need AT LEAST a year (but preferably more) of acute hemodynamic drip management to be competitive and successful as a SRNA. You will hopefully have a long career - a year or so "delay" will be nothing in the scheme of things, especially if you're learning things.
  9. by   SEWRN
    That is what I focused on--to be a good ICU nurse first before anything else. Fast forward 5 years, I'm accepted to two programs for 2018 that I'm trying to decide between. Didn't think I would make it in either and didn't think I'd have the problem to have to choose! It is a good problem to have though!

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