career change, looking for advice. - page 2

Hi there, I'm looking at moving into nursing. I currently hold a BS in Computer Science, which you may have heard is the employment touch of death these days, but am looking at moving into... Read More

  1. by   PennyLane
    Best of luck in making your decision Ryan. I chose nursing as a second career, and am also working full-time in the IT field while taking my pre-reqs for a BSN program that I'll begin next year. I have a bachelor's degree in Environmental Science.

    Job security is one of the 'perks' of choosing nursing, but for me, it was far, far below the meaningful, human aspect of the job. People are just more interesting than computers, IMHO. :roll

    I also want to continue on after getting my RN to anesthesia school. I know it will be tough, and the road is long, but I can't wait to get started. You should be going into this decision with enthusiasm, or else I think you'll burn out really soon.

    Volunteering at a hospital is a great idea! I manage to sqeeze in 4 hours/week in the SICU of a large medical center nearby.

    Make sure this decision is the best one for you before you commit to it!!!
  2. by   montroyal
    Ryan,

    I don't want to discourage you in your pursuit of CRNA. Those requirements you listed are the minimum for entry to most programs. Most people who apply are above those. Just out of curiosity, how long was your dad an RN before he went to CRNA school? I am sure he would be a valuable source of information. The other thing I would suggest, is talk to the admission people at different schools and ask the were the average student stood with GPA and work experience. This will give you a better understanding of what you may expect.

    I also looked at the web site Np2b suggested. The requirements are listed below. As you can see, clinical experience is required.
    It also states only a few openings so you can bet it will be very competitive.

    "Nurse Anesthesia, Direct Entry Program
    The Nurse Anesthesia Program will consider Direct Entry applications for a very limited number of slots from those applicants who meet the following requirements:

    Applicants must have a Bachelor of Science degree in a science (i.e. chemistry, biology,
    microbiology, etc.) or an advanced clinical degree (i.e. Physical Therapy, Respiratory
    Therapy, Doctor of Dental Science, etc.)
    Must have very strong undergraduate GPA (minimum of 3.2 - prefer higher)
    Must have work experience in a clinical setting"


    "Well, yes and no. I have always wanted to help people. But, honestly, I don't know how well I'd do at it. I like helping people, but I really don't like being around sick people. =)

    There's a specific reason that I want to go into anesthesia, and that's because your patients are asleep most of the time! =) Kidding...sort of. "

    I wonder if you really understand what a CRNA does after reading this. CRNA's are responsible for "sick people" otherwise they wouldn't be having surgery. Those scheduled everyday surgeries may appear routine but can turn into a nightmare in moments. That not even counting the emergency surgeries were the patient was never what you would call stable. There is nothing like having a patient on lidocaine,dopamine.dobutamine, levophed, diprovan and a host of other drugs wheeled into your OR. That doesn't even count the swan, art line, vent and cranial bolt. All of which are not covered in nursing school. You will be responsible for giving drugs were less than a 10cc (two teaspoons) up or down over an hour can make the difference between life and death. This is were years of critical care experience really makes the difference. You can learn anything from a textbook, but very few things in nursing are text book.
  3. by   sjoe
    You would learn a lot by checking out the threads on this forum, as well as those on the CRNA forum.
  4. by   NurseAngie
    Originally posted by montroyal
    Ryan,

    " You can learn anything from a textbook, but very few things in nursing are text book.
    AMEN to this!!! This is ABSOLUTELY the truth. I could personally not imagine being in nursing for a stable job or the income. Neither are a guarantee. (even with todays shortage) The responsibility that comes with this job can almost be overwhelming at times. I don't mean this to be rude, but I did want to give you something to consider. If you make a mistake with a computer, you will not face losing your license or law suits, but that is a possiblity in nursing. I do not know you personally, so only you know what you can live with day in and day out. This is often a thankless job and helping people (healthy and ill) to be at their optimum is what it's all about. If that is something you can see yourself doing then WELCOME to nursing!

    ~Angie

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