BigPappaCRNA 2,106 Views
Joined Jan 13, '13.
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I would urge you to think long and hard about this decision. I have been a clinical instructor for several programs for more than 20 years. I have seen several dozen students enter the programs in their late 40s. Sadly, most of them wash out, and it has never been because of academics. Academically they have been some of the strongest. They have washed because of everything else in their life.
When in your mid 20s to mid 30s, you are very flexible, very adaptive. This is good, because most all CRNA programs are inflexible. Breathtakingly inflexible. As you get older, no fault of your own, you become far less inflexible. Maybe you need money, maybe the kids are taking up your time, maybe you moved for school, maybe you are driving far because you didn't move, maybe your parents get sick and need help, maybe you get sick and need help, and on and on and on. When younger, it is far easier to deal with these. When older, the inflexibility of aging just does not blend well with the inflexibility of most programs. It is a bad combination. And I believe stats on the high attrition rates for "older" students would bare this out.
Additionally, while it is illegal to age discriminate, one must ask themselves how employable they will be entering a stressful and dynamic work environment for the first time in their mid 50s. Most employers will happily higher people of that age if they have the 20-25 years of sage experience to go with it. You will not. You will have all the normal issues facing a new grad of any age, but then you will have that same inflexibility and neediness of someone older. There is very little upside for the employer, and too much downside. If presented with several candidates, you may fall on the list.
Not trying to be cruel, or squash your dreams. Not at all. But before you move, quit your job, spend 100-200K, stress your family, etc, you need to really know why you are doing that, and do the benefits outweigh the drawbacks. It has been my experience that they do not.
People, stop feeding the Troll.
I have been hearing different opinions and different statistics about salary of CRNAs.But nothing is conclusive yet.I agree that variation occurs due to location, facility etc.What you think your colleagues are making approximately?. I mean INCOME ,not average base salaries. Income includes everything for example overtimr, two jobs etc.And please only serious replies. No bad words or advices please.Thanks
If you can't "breeze" through your BSN, you should not consider CRNA school. Look into other areas of focus. CRNA school is on the order of several magnitudes more difficult. BSN as four years of easy easy easy.
How the hell did you breeze through your BSN? And how the hell can I do the same? LMAO
This is completely ludicrous statement.
If you are a "people person" there is a good chance that you will not like being a CRNA. I am very outgoing and that is why I became a NP. I also love science. However, even the hospitals and private clinics do not want people persons anymore. They want robots lol! I have always been told I spend too much time with patients, BUT I always get good reviews.
You sound like a fine candidate. I see no reason to change the unit in which you work, unless you don't like it, and want to change. 3-4 years (by the time you start) will be more than enough. A big MICU in a University Hospital is more than enough to teach you lines, drips, vents, and multiple systems. Overall, if your bio above is accurate, you will have no difficulty getting into whatever program you want.
It simply does not matter the ICU, despite what people continue to think. CT ICU is not preferred. It is good, but so are lots of other things. A general surgical/trauma ICU is "best" but even that does not really matter. Have sick patients. Do lots of things, and do them well. Learn lots of organ systems. CT ICU teaches generally one system. Again, it is great, but not all that. Most days in anesthesia are terribly boring, and do not resemble anything like what one sees in the ICU. Just work at a nice sized hospital with a good mix of cases and systems. You will be fine.
As far as experience, the minimum required by a program to get in is just that, the minimum. You don't need decades of experience, but 3-4 years is ideal. Even though some accept with 1 year, you really have to ask why are they doing that? Why not be a stronger applicant, and in the process, end up being a much stronger CRNA?
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