ICU as a new grad - page 2

I will be graduating from NMSU-C in May. I am a male age 22, I have a 3.8 GPA, Phi Theta Kappa, crimson scholar, and will have some really great letters of recommendation from my professors all of which have their MSN. I want... Read More

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    At two years, you will be just scratching the surface of what you can learn and do in an ICU setting. At two years, you are just barely eligible to be sitting for national certifications in your specialty that are a lot harder than any test you will take in school, including NCLEX. If you really want to get a good base for CRNA school, give yourself at least 5 years in a good ICU and know your craft (nursing) well. I'm not talking about an "i'll have to look it up" type of answer when someone asks you a question, I'm talking a complete answer and then some off of the top of your head. No, you will not be able to do that for every situation that comes up but if you can rattle off answers like that for the most common, most critical situations, then you will be sitting in a good place. Just remember that takes time. The better bedside nurse you are, the better advanced practitoner you will be.
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    What many student nurses do not realize is the above, plus the 2 years is the "minimum' amount of experience that CRNA programs require. You will be competing for admission with people who have 5, 7, 10 or more years of experience in a variety of ICU's, some in specialized ICUs (neurosurg, coronary, open heart, orthopedic ICUs) etc, not just a "general Med-Surg ICU. If you are going to move to get this experience, consider working in a large teaching hospital in a big city.

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