Path to CRNARegister Today!
- by bestill88 Aug 8, '12Official first post
I've a bit of a long-winded question. I'm currently finishing my Pre-reqs for both my ASN and BSN and begin an accelerated program to get my RN fall 2013, and then I plan on working in CCU while I obtain an accelerated BSN (equal to 3 semesters). My current plan is to then get into grad school (a goal in itself) and obtain my MSN as a CRNA.
I've heard a lot about CRNA's needing a DNP to practice. Information on this is appreciated.
Please do not think I am naive in my goals, as I fully expect set backs. I want to know if there is anything that I can do to increase the likelihood of succeeding in these endeavors. Input is greatly appreciated.
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- Aug 8, '12 by bestill88Just an afterthought, while the pay scale is quite lovely it is not the reason I want to become a CRNA. Helping people and caring for them is essential to me. I volunteered in a nursing home as a CNA for three years in high school. I became close to the patients, and losing them was... Difficult--and I honestly thought "I can't do this."
Until about a year ago. I realized that I could still help people and give the care and respect they deserve. I spent quite a lot of time the past three years in the CCU with my sister, a victim of a violent crime, who is now quadriplegic. The CRNA that cared for her was the most amazing person I can recall. It's strange how much a simple hug can affect a person... I even remember her name. I remember how reassuring, and good it felt knowing she would be watching over her during that dangerous time. I hope, someday, to maybe give another scared person the same peace of mind.
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- Aug 26, '12 by J&B-RNThe best advice I can give is to get into a hospital as a CNA, especially if you can get into the ICU. That way when you get your RN you will already have a job waiting for you in the ICU. (No point is wasting time on other floors if you know what you want) Besides with the new grad hiring market these days if you don't have a foot in the door plan on spending another two years being an RN while you work your way to the ICU. And make sure you get straight A's in school. No ifs ands or butts. You wanna get in you have to work for it. And as for a DNP, no you do not have to get a doctorate to practice as a CRNA at this point in time. Will that change? Probably. When? I would bet within the next 10 yrs. Currently it is only 2 years after your BSN. Good luck.