I am a nursing student in upstate NY and I am considering going the CRNA route. I understand you need a minimum of 2 years of ICU experience to apply to most programs. This is where my dilemma begins. I may have a job in an ICU of a small 20 bed unit in a local hospital. I may also have a job at a large well known teaching hospital, but not in the ICU. I would start in a med surg floor and have to wait and apply to the ICU as positions open. This could take a couple years if not longer. I know CRNA programs are extremely competitive and working at a well known hospital could give me an edge.
The question is should I accept an immediate ICU position at a small unknown hospital or wait 2-3 years and get in at a a large teaching hospital? Any insights would be most helpful!
Sep 28, '13
realistically an ICU is still an ICU. most ICUs arent huge, the larger hospitals may have multiple ICUs or more specialized ICU Units. I would suggest talking to the CRNA school you want to go to to get a definitive answer.