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Joined Oct 24, '06. AnnieOaklyRN is a RN, Paramedic. She has 'Previously ER RN, 17 years in EMS (yes, I still love it) , IV RN 8 months!' year(s) of experience and specializes in 'IV RN, (911) Paramedic'. Posts: 1,979 (31% Liked) Likes: 2,127

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  • Feb 13

    Hi Annie,

    Like amnesia said, ER experience is not accepted at most schools but I believe a few do, only if you work in a Level I trauma center where you get exposure to anything and everything patient population wise. Most programs like experience gained in ICUs in large teaching hospitals. I'm currently in my first semester of a DNP-NA program. We're allowed to work for the first two semesters (about 8 months) of the program as all of the courses are online but for the remaining time (28 months) working would be very difficult as the course and clinical load are very heavy.

    Good luck!

  • Feb 13

    Cost: depends on school. Check out all-crna-schools(dot)com. Anywhere from probably $45k-140k tuition, plus living costs (or FREE! if you go the military route). Keep in mind schools will need to be DNAP by 2025, and many will be before then, so you are looking at 3 years full time school vs. a masters program which is about 28 months or so.

    Experience: I don't think that most accept ER experience. There is a list at the site I mentioned though, click CRNA schools, then Unique Programs, scroll down and they have a list of schools that supposedly accept ER. Paramedic doesn't count for the experience, they want ICU nurse experience. Vents, drips, lines, etc. You need about 2 years ICU experience minimum, there may be a few schools that accept 1 year. Adult ICU is preferred, but SOME schools do take NICU/PICU. Again, check out the site I mentioned and see the requirements of the schools you are looking into.

    Every school seems to have different requirements, but in general, your best bet is 2 years adult ICU experience! Good luck

  • Feb 6

    My school is part of a hospital system and offers a loan forgiveness program if you work for them after graduation. I graduated in Dec 2014. I'll have $10,000 forgiven in another couple of months and have about $3000 left on student loans. I paid about $3000 in cash as well.

  • Feb 1

    Don't you even think about giving up your dream like NICU. Neonatal specialty needs nurses like you, who worked somewhere else but NICU was a true calling. Children hospitals and teaching hospitals hire new grads, therefore will take you with general experience before new grad. Although they wanna save money and cant afford you... You just havent found a right hospital. Before you consider giving up whole specialty, give up your hospital.. If they dont wanna take you into NICU with ER experience, they are fools!!! We just hired 12 new grads for NICU. I wish they had any, any experience anywhere. That makes a difference. So no, you can not give up. We need people like you. On the other hand, are you willing to move for NICU job and where are you now?
    Neo Rn (10 y. In NICU)

  • Jan 30

    Another option is to volunteer as a cuddle in the NICU you want to work in. Be very helpful and get to know the staff. Then let them know you want to work there. If the staff likes you they will be a good reference for you.

  • Jan 28

    I'm 50 and will start the nursing program at my community college this Fall with all my prereqs completed. I'm retiring from my local police department in December after 23 years as a cop. I feel I'm too young to do nothing for the rest of my life and nursing is challenging and rewarding.

  • Jan 26

    how do you know you bombed the interview? maybe you just think you did there may have been a more qualified candidate that they already had their sights set on and thats why you didnt get hired! No harm in trying again!

  • Jan 26

    Pretend nothing happened, submit a normal resume and apply. The very worst thing that will happen is that they will say no. If they do, keep reapplying when an opening comes up.

  • Jan 26

    My dream job, physician office, with those wonderful hours......
    But it took my third application to get hired.......been at the job almost 4 years.....
    so you have nothing to loose, and everything to gain.....

    best wishes

  • Jan 21

    Thank Goodness that shift is over. If you don't ask me what I'm drinking, I won't ask what kind of brownie that is, Deal?

  • Nov 22 '16

    Anyone attending you during minor surgery retain their rights to free discussion.

    Politics, religion.. whatever. Get OVER yourself. As long as it does not breach HIPAA.. why would you care?

  • Nov 22 '16

    I'll go against the majority a bit here and say that while it's not the wisest thing to do in front of patients, IMO it hardly ranks in the top 20 or maybe even top 50 unprofessional things that can be done in a hospital. Ratting on them for this is a tad overdramatic.

  • Nov 22 '16

    I am with Annie on this one.

    Keep this in mind, OP. When you write a negative feedback, you not only put someone's job in jeopardy but risk being labeled as a whiner, and when something more serious happens, your next complaint will fall on death's ears.

    Every patient gets one "complain about the service" free card. Why waste a complaint over employees having a conversation on politics, especially if they did not involve the patient? You really want to get someone written up over that? :/

  • Sep 17 '16

    Quote from NurseEmmy
    My employer doesn't seem too concerned about it, mainly because they haven't migrated to the Admin's office yet. I bet when that happens they will ramp up the effort to clear these blood suckers out.
    Meanwhile I am grossed out and paranoid.
    You should sneak a couple of them into the Admin's office. That'll get the ball rolling!

  • Sep 12 '16


    This is my hobby/sport, if you will. I jump out of airplanes. I fly a wingsuit and do RW(relative work).

    I love being a Nurse.