I am currently an house supervisor/ER nurse with my BSN. I want to start my education to become a CRNA now. I know that most schools want ICU experience. I work in ICU PRN. (rarely).
I decided to wait until 2013 to look for an ICU job due to the fact that I am a military wife and we will be moving around November 2012. That means I will not get my 1 year of experience until 2014. Since the CRNA will become a doctorate in 2015, I want to make plans on the chance I get in a program after 2015.
I need clarification on how the CRNA doctorate programs will work after 2015. When I get accepted to a program will I have to have a masters already? Or will the program be a combo were you get the masters and the doctorate at the same time. (example, MDs gets their bachelors then go to medical school and skip then masters.)
If I have to have a Masters first, I can start that now, what masters will be best? I don't want to get a masters in nursing administration and later find out that I have to take additional class before applying to a CRNA program. I start shadowing a CRNA next month, will this still help when applying to schools 2-3years from now or should I wait until I am closer to applying? How many shadowing hours is best?
Thank You Advance