How far do you plan to take your ed? - page 5

I'm sure this has been asked before, but I was wondering, how far is everyone planning on taking their education? I'm doing an ADN prog, then planning on moving so I can complete my BSN, then go... Read More

  1. by   marilynmom
    Originally posted by gotosleep
    umm....I'm in anesthesia school. I only did one year in the ICU. I was just trying to determine why he/she was waiting three years before applying.
    Oh well there I go shooting off my mouth....lol I do tend to do that sometimes. I really had no idea you were in anesthesia school since you didn't say that in your post, it sounded like you were challenging her choices and it hit me a bit wrong honestly.

    Anyways, if you dont mind answering- it is harder or easier than you thought it would be and do you have a family you are supporting? My only concern is my family (I have small kids) and the workload of anesthesia school. And also did you find it a problem to work in an ICU as a new grad? It seems around here where I live they do hire new grads in the ICU but I wonder if you feel in over your head with going straight there?

    If you could give your insight I know a few of us here would be interested in hearing what you have to say.

    Marilyn
  2. by   marilynmom
    Ami,

    What kind of GPAs are they looking at when you apply? Do they look at your overall GPA or mainly science class GPAs?

    GotoSleep what was your GPA if you dont mine sharing? LOL I just got your name btw Were you strong in science- meaning were they easy A's for you? I made an A in Chem but I cant say it was easy for me.

    Marilyn
  3. by   gotosleep
    Originally posted by marilynmom
    Oh well there I go shooting off my mouth....lol I do tend to do that sometimes. I really had no idea you were in anesthesia school since you didn't say that in your post, it sounded like you were challenging her choices and it hit me a bit wrong honestly.

    Anyways, if you dont mind answering- it is harder or easier than you thought it would be and do you have a family you are supporting? My only concern is my family (I have small kids) and the workload of anesthesia school. And also did you find it a problem to work in an ICU as a new grad? It seems around here where I live they do hire new grads in the ICU but I wonder if you feel in over your head with going straight there?

    If you could give your insight I know a few of us here would be interested in hearing what you have to say.

    Marilyn
    Anesthesia school is difficult. I started the clinical phase (year two of a three year program) three weeks ago, and it can be a bit stressful. There is a lot expected of you, and the workload can be overwhelming at times. That being said, it is an attainable endeavor. Please note that my clinical experience is still quite limited, so I may not be the best person to ask these questions.

    The didactic part of the program was not as bad as I anticipated. However, the clinical phase looks to be grueling. My school places an enormous amount of importance on the clinical aspects.

    Don't listen to the people who tell you that new grads don't belong to the ICU. Go to the ICU immediately after graduation. If anesthesia is what you want to do, go to the ICU ASAP. DON'T WASTE YOUR TIME OF THE FLOORS. It has been my experience that there is no difference in the level of performance between new grads and floor nurses when starting in the ICU. The ICU is a totally different animal.

    There are a number of people in my program with children, and they seem to be doing okay. You must realize that anesthesia school is a huge drain on your personal life. Therefore, I would not recommend it to people who are unwilling to sacrifice a large chunk of their lives for a couple of years. You just got to accept the fact that the next 2-3 years are almost exclusively dedicated towards learning the art of science of anesthesia.

    My GPA was in the 3.65- 3.69 range. There is a little bit of variability with GPAs so don't be disconcerted if it's not a 4.0. I believe most schools require a 3.0 or higher. They do take your performance in science courses seriously . For information about that go to the FAQ on the CRNA forum.
  4. by   Paleobug
    Right now I am trying to finish my prereqs. and then get into nursing school. Since I already have a BS in geology, I may later do a BSN to MS bridge program online.
    Last edit by Paleobug on Aug 18, '03
  5. by   EmeraldNYL
    Originally posted by gotosleep
    three years? Why wait three years?
    1) I'm burnout with school at the moment (went straight from my bio degree into an accelerated 2nd degree BSN) and just need a little break. I'm sure I'll get sick of work soon enough though, and be itching to go back to school!!

    2) Money!!!! I'm getting a ton of tuition reimbursement ($15,000 from my employer for 3 years and $10,000 for a private grant for 2 years) so I have to fufill my work requirement if I want to keep the money. Also, I want to wait until my fiance is out of med school before I go back to school too (somebody's gotta pay the rent, lol).

    Kudos to everyone who can do their one year of ICU and jump right into CRNA school!
  6. by   sandman
    I hope to be done with school in the next three years.

    I was 5 hours away from completing my chem and bio degrees when I switched gears and got my BSN. I begin CRNA school tomorrow. I think I am a career student
  7. by   ERDIVA2B
    I was an LPN, finished my ADN and I start the BSN program this August! I did my Pre-reqs for my BSN while in the ADN program. I plan to try and work in an ICU this year even part time away from the ER so I can enter a Nurse Anesthetist program. It never ends!

    After you guys graduate, the first year as a nurse is filled with Orientation, Critical Care type classes, specific to your area, then ACLS, PALS, NRP, TNCC type certifications but its all good!
  8. by   hbscott
    I have an AS in Surgical Technology, a BS in Nursing, a MS in Nursing Education, a Certificate in Nursing Informatics and I am working on my PhD in Computer Science....

  9. by   shunda
    I want to get my master's degree and hopefully a Ph.D. I want my study focus to be on mental health. I love mental health, because more and more people are dealing with it today and the stresses of life. May God continue to Bless Us All.
    Shunda

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