BigPappaCRNA 1,205 Views
Joined Jan 13, '13.
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CRNAs can and do work in all 50 states. Completely independently of any MDA. I have simply NEVER heard of any ACT practice as you describe. If true, it is indeed the outlier. I haven't seen an MDA in over 10 years.
The possibilities of work are endless. Every conceivable shift and combination is worked every day. By thousands. Some flexibility may be needed on your part, as not all practice styles, and types, exist everywhere. And even though you received excellent advice above, there sometimes is shift work where you absolutely get relieved. OB, and Trauma are two examples. When you are working in those two specialties, there is always someone scheduled to come on and relieve you. The larger the hospital, the more likely this is the case. The smaller more remote the hospital, the less likely.
So no advice for the original post about practicing at my fullest capacity and learning advanced skill very well? Come on CRNA's, you must have noticed some paths to success in that way.
Can someone shine some light my way....
I will be applying to TWU CRNA 2017 start date. Wanted to receive some input on my background and what I could do to increase my chances of acceptance into the program.
I have a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration and an Associates in Nursing. This month will be six years since I became an RN. I have been extremely fortunate to have started working in a PICU from day one. I was also crossed trained to work in the NICU six months after. I continue to work in these departments in an Advanced Level III Hospital. I recently obtained my RNC-NIC, which is an equivalent to the CCRN in NICU.
Cumulative GPA of 3.07, Nursing GPA was approximately a 3.4, still pending to take my GRE and a Chemistry course to meet requirements.
TWU offers an RN to MSNA program. A bachelors degree can be in another field.
I unfortunately did not do as well in my early course work, and worry that these stats wont be competitive enough. Not sure of I should retake some courses or obtain a BSN in order to boost my GPA.
Any opinions and suggestions are welcome.
ER and PACU experience alone are non starters for most programs. CC experience is a non negotiable for any worthwhile program, generally speaking.
That statement will change if you go to med school and decide to become an anesthesiologist...
The job prospects are so limiting if you go the AA route. You would be eligible to work in less than a third of the states. You would never be able to be independent in any way. Your compensation would not keep up with a dynamic, independent CRNA. Your ability to actively pursue and work 24 hour shifts would be far, far more limiting as an AA. There is just no comparison for someone in your situation. AA is great for someone with no choices or options. You have both, and it would make no sense at all to choose the limiting path of AA.
So, a flight medic of 4 or 5 years with a BS in Chemistry or Biology is less qualified than an L and D BSN nurse with the same time on her unit?
Whoa...I have no reason to doubt this statement, but if its true, there has to be way more to the story....Just at face value, this is an endorsement of AA equivalency to CRNAs by USGPAN...not doing any favors to CRNA's if this isn't just an outlier in their admissions. That's an off the street admission into anesthesia training, unless, like I said, there's more to the story.
That said, as an in the trenches provider, it isn't hard to tell those CRNA's with strong CC backgrounds. If a candidate doesn't bring that to the table and the program accepts them, that's on the school. But they're not the ones that have to work with them.
So what I'd say to the OP is, be as strong as possible for the sake of your future patients and the CRNA's you'll ultimately be working with.
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