BigPappaCRNA 3,246 Views
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You should be fine. You have done well with the advanced classes you have taken. And you have more experience than many. Do very well on your GRE and you should probably be fine from an admission POV.
Most applicants can have one hole in their resume. Yours currently has two holes, both GPA and experience. Those 2 things, along with your GRE score, get you interviews. Maybe you get in now, maybe not. But with two weaknesses (not a criticism, just objective reality) you would likely be relegated to one of the large puppy mills. Why don't you get a few more years of good, quality ICU experience, including CCRN, and responsibility positions, and then apply. You will be a far stronger candidate, do better in school, do better in clinicals, and opens up far more schools for you to apply, giving you cost, and location flexibility.
You have your expectations turned around. IT is highly likely you will learn and do far more in the smaller program. And being in a CRNA ony site will get you far better experiences. And YOU will be doing everything. For the purposes of learning how to be a well rounded, solid provider, please, please, please go to the smaller program.
Large programs in large hospitals in large cities get some amazing cases, but you will be fighting with residents to get to do them. And you will be controlled by the MDAs and politics of the institution. Simply no great reason to go big.
3-4 years are ideal, IMO. There is A LOT to learn in the ICU that aids your career further down the line. I have been a clinical instructor and clinical co-ordinator for over 20 years now. Certainly one does not need 10+ years of experience, and I have had many students who actually are hurt by having this much experience, as they get set in their ways, influenced by dogma, and less receptive to learning new things. But anyone out there, at all, that can say they knew everything there was to know about their unit, as a new nurse, in 12 months or less is just plain full of crap. It shows in every aspect of your clinical care and clinical experience.
I get wanting to get thru school, and start your career, etc. But why not do what is needed to get you started on the best and strongest foot going forward, and why not do what will help you be a stronger provider?
If you are doing it right (and it sounds like you are), CRNA can be a very boring job. The vast majority of the time, the case is not hard, the patient is not on deaths door, and everything is quite routine. The vast, vast majority of the time, what we do is easy, but we go through school to be able to handle the .05% of the time when it isn't.
It is a very quality program. It offers wonderful, full practice clinical sites. A lot of CRNA only sites. Much independence. I would choose it over most other schools. The clinical training is truly outstanding.
CSU Sacramento does NOT have a CRNA program.
I applied to two programs as those were the only two that were effectively available to me. It would have been 3 except for one problem - CSU Sacramento was entirely closed to 2nd Bachelors students. Now the BSN program is open to 2nd Bachelors students.
The COA extended to let the current students graduate. That is all. The current students only. All others need to look elsewhere. They expressly did not change their mind overall.
Did you mean to post this in this forum? Asking SRNAs this question doesn't make a lot of sense.
I would also like to add, that the since Wolford is not regionally accredited with SACS, only with the COA, that current students hoping to transfer to another program will not be able to do so. The student might be accepted to a program, but they will not be allowed to transfer any of their credits earned, as they were not earned at a regionally accredited school. The other schools CANNOT accept Wolford credits, without placing their own accreditation at risk. Students still applying to this program, just need to have all the information so they can make their own informed decision.
The question you need to be asking yourself, is not can you get accepted to a program. The question you need to be asking is if you can graduate from a program. Before you quit a job, take out loans, move across the country, etc, some honest and objective self-reflection in in order.
Very likely, it will have some negative effects on which school will consider you as a viable candidate. A GPA that low, going into a very rigorous and science based program, will not be easy to overlook. I would even want you to bring yout nursing GPA above the 3.7 you state(3.7 would be fine, if not for your earlier academic record).
Go to a school that is not attached to a school of medicine and a large university hospital. In general, avoid the Northeast, and in general, look towards the west coast. Of course there will be some exceptions, but big name Universities are not out there to make their name or reputation on CRNA students.
Any ICU that gets a wide variety of cases. All the systems. Generally, this would be a Surgical/Trauma ICU. Nothing wrong with hearts and CVICU, but most of anesthesia does not look like that. It is far, far different.
As far as which type of hospital, there is no right answer. The big teaching hospital certainly gets the acuity, but most nurses miss out on the thinking part of the game. There are attendings and residents there, doing most everything. The smaller hospital has less acuity, but the nurses at the bedside get to do far, far more management of the patient. The both have their advantages.
Lastly, ECMO is completely worthless, from an anesthesia point of view. It is neat, and dramatic, and tense, and there is very little learned or carried over into anesthesia practice. Please, I urge you to NOT make your decision based on whether or not you get to do ECMO.
I am not sure exactly what you are asking. AANA membership and CRNA Recertification are separate, and are two different entities. One of the benefits of membership in the AANA however, it that they keep track of your CEUs and transfer them over to the NBCRNA database for you. It is a huge benefit. If you are not a member, you pay a huge fee to the NBCRNA to account for your CEUs. And it is a huge hassle. That alone, as well as the % of your membership fees that get sent to your state organization, make AANA membership worth it.
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