IndiCRNA 3,766 Views
Joined Nov 22, '12 - from 'Rienlander Wisconsin'.
IndiCRNA is a CRNA.
He has '1' year(s) of experience and specializes in 'ICU, transport, CRNA'.
Posts: 120 (63% Liked)
^^ very well said... The stress of being an icu nurse is nothing compared to being a crna.
Now, before I get blown up with comments saying "it's not about money, but patient care". I get that. No need to tell me over and over. I heard CRNAs mainly get hired in rural areas, which kind of scares me. I would simply like to know the average starting salary of your line of work, plus the area you live in, and/or the amount of experience you have as a CRNA. Thank you!
There are approximately 40K CRNAs, and the vast majority of those have at least a Masters degree.
There are approximately 25% of CRNAs that still identify themselves as only having a diploma or Bachelor degree as their highest degree, but there is no indication if these CRNAs are still actively working or just maintaining their AANA membership.
Yea that's what I've heard. Thanks for the advice. Do you suggest any classes to take to make your application competitive like biochem or any other grad level coursework?
Thanks for your response Indi! I do have about 1 year of experience in intense Level 1 Trauma SICU but that was from a few years ago; I have since moved and now work a variety of ICU's through float pool but it is more community hospital level. I know that's not going to cut it to make my experience very competitive, but I plan to use the 1.5 years I probably have at a minimum before starting CRNA school to build more experience at a "sicker" SICU. The only thing holding me back now is the prospect of giving up my float pay
I am 23 years old and am graduating with my BSN in May 2013. I have attended two Diversity CRNA Mentorship Programs (diversitycrna.org) that I can put in my application essay when I apply for CRNA school. I currently work at a Cardiovascular Step Down Unit at Johns Hopkins Hospital as a Clinical Nurse Extern. I plan to get into SICU when I graduate. I really want to be successful like you and I need more mentors like you that can help me establish myself in the future.
Oh I think u said this before but do you honestly think its necessary to get a BSN before applying? I already have a BS in health and human performance n currently getting my ADN. I really don't want to pay for another bachelors unless I need to
Yea I couldn't live in a rural area I'm a city girl lol. But still kudos to your success.
Did you all meet up while in school and decide to do this?
IndiCRNA: thank you for your feedback, very informative! As a new grad did you start out working the ACT model or is there opportunity to work as an independent contractor? I am extremely interested and motivated to work 100% for myself and want to learn the ins and outs of billing and various practice models. Really important to me to be the master of my own income and autonomy but that comes with a level of experience i am guessing. did you feel you were well prepare out of school to work as a contractor or in a rural setting?
Do you recommend starting out in a large hospital and getting experience, maybe an all crna group, or contract work? My program is front loaded the first year and then the final portion of my program is 16 months of straight clinicals 5-6 days a week so that should be some good prep time before job hunting.
I followed a crna in the ACT model today at children's hospital and you are totally right...MD poke her head in once or twice out of four cases to say whats up and was gone after that. Didn't seem like the approach I would be interested in. Also, the crna told me the one thing they don't prep you for is the politics of anesthesia and how to juggle that mess. lots to learn i guess!
thanks for any feedback!
FWIW I pwersonaly know several RNs from our ICU who completed their BSN at WGU and had no trouble getting accepted to CRNA school.
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