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  1. Icu Nursing isn't for me help
    I think you need to get away from bedside, not nursing all together. Have you looked into case/care management? At my hospital, this is a nursing position that only requires a BSN and pays...
    Jun 21
    Forum: Critical Care Nursing
  2. Letter of recommendation (LOR)
    Requesting a LOR from a "big wig" who doesn't know you from Tom, Dick or Harry can fly right back in your face. Same goes for a CRNA that you shadowed for a day 18 months ago. I've had a PD tell...
    Apr 20
    Forum: Pre-CRNA Inquiry
  3. Letter of recommendation (LOR)
    Seems like a lot of schools want LORs from an immediate supervisor or coworker who can vouch for your ability as a critical care nurse. How long is your contract? Is this the only unit you have...
    Apr 17
    Forum: Pre-CRNA Inquiry
  4. Hopeful CRNA
    You can overcome a bad academic past, just focus on getting the best grades possible. You should probably consider getting more ICU experience though. Typically the applicants that hace mediocre...
    Apr 11
    Forum: Pre-CRNA Inquiry
  5. CRNA school?
    Focus first on getting your BSN. Get into a good program, get the best grades possible and possibly work as a tech or CNA so that you have patient care experience . This will get your foot in the...
    Apr 7
    Forum: Pre-CRNA Inquiry
  6. no CCRN...even worth it to apply?
    The minimum ICU experience is not simply a hoop to jump through, there is actual purpose and benefit to it. I've heard many seasoned ICU nurses and CRNAs say you simply dont know what you dont after...
    Apr 1
    Forum: Pre-CRNA Inquiry
  7. Is CRNA realistic?
    Many SRNAs have to supplement their income through student loans while in school, it is actually quite common. The fact that you have no kids actually puts you ahead of many other students who have...
    Mar 27
    Forum: Pre-CRNA Inquiry
  8. Wondering if I'm making the right choice...
    If available in your area, try to shadow anesthestists in CRNA-only practices as well as those in what is a called an Anesthesia Care Team (ACT) model. Experiences can vary quite a bit depending on...
    Mar 14
    Forum: Pre-CRNA Inquiry
  9. The right BSN school?  The right 1st job?
    Short answer - no. Prestige of your BSN will not weigh heavily on your application for most programs. There are other criteria (gpa, experience, good recommendation letters, interviewing skills)...
    Mar 12
    Forum: Pre-CRNA Inquiry
  10. Salt Lake RN Job Market
    I have not spoken to the friend in quite a while, more of a friend of a friend. I'm not sure if he found a job yet. I get that you are eager for any opportunity but I don't think you understood...
    Feb 25
    Forum: Utah Nursing
  11. GRE scores
    What programs are you shooting for?
    Feb 25
    Forum: Pre-CRNA Inquiry
  12. Student loans
    It's no secret. The faster you pay the loan the less you pay in interest over time. You can find student loan calculators online and enter in loan amount with interest rate to see how much you save...
    Feb 16
    Forum: Pre-CRNA Inquiry
  13. crna loan payment plan after graduation
    It's all numbers, calculations and guesswork folks. Here's what you need to consider: What will your current debt load be prior to starting NA school? What will your living expenses be during...
    Jan 30
    Forum: Student Registered Nurse Anesthetist (SRNA)
  14. Timing a pregnancy just right
    Pro: trying for the next baby will decrease the chance of you needing to postpone applying for NA school because you didn't get pregnant as soon as you expected/hoped. Con: you could have a...
    Jan 29
    Forum: Pre-CRNA Inquiry
  15. ICU experience
    From what I have seen, most schools strongly discourage if not outright forbid working while in the program. Also, the 1 year ICU requirement is a bit trickier than it sounds. Some schools require...
    Dec 26, '13
    Forum: Pre-CRNA Inquiry
  16. Pre-CRNA student question.
    Your ICU experience counts regardless of when you obtain your BSN. As previously mentioned, not all ICUs are accepted at all programs, so make sure you understand the requirements of any school you...
    Dec 21, '13
    Forum: Pre-CRNA Inquiry
  17. Deciding the best route to become a CRNA, please help.
    It seems in most circumstances, CRNA programs care very little about where you received your BSN, as long as you maintained high grades and it is regionally accreditated. Honestly, I would generally...
    Dec 18, '13
    Forum: Pre-CRNA Inquiry
  18. What classes beef up my application the most?
    I'll have to disagree. Grad level classes show the adcom that you can handle grad level work (assuming you get a good grade) which is what they are trying to assess. You already have spent 4+ years...
    Dec 18, '13
    Forum: Pre-CRNA Inquiry
  19. Pre-CRNA grades
    They look at everything. More emphasis may be put on your science courses, but that does not mean a bunch of C's in your fluffy nursing theory and sociology classes won't raise eyebrows. Treat...
    Dec 18, '13
    Forum: Pre-CRNA Inquiry
  20. CRNA GPA Is this good enough?
    The gpa range you have listed will leave you pretty much in the average range for the applicant pool for many programs. In other words, yes, your gpa will be good enough to get you into a program. ...
    Dec 18, '13
    Forum: Pre-CRNA Inquiry
  21. ICU Experience Question
    Definately find a full time ICU you can settle down with. You will need good recommendations from employers/managers and you will not have this like you mentioned. Keep in mind, even if a program...
    Dec 16, '13
    Forum: Pre-CRNA Inquiry
  22. Which school to attend??
    Are you basing this on personal experience or just the assumption that Ivy League = best of the best? One problem that I can think of right off the top of my head is when schools share clinical...
    Dec 13, '13
    Forum: Student Registered Nurse Anesthetist (SRNA)
  23. Pre-CRNA Coaching needed. I graduate BSN in May!
    Also, you mentioned that your gpa is lower than you would like and that it might be related to how your school made everything too hard. First, there have been plenty of folks who went on to become...
    Dec 11, '13
    Forum: Pre-CRNA Inquiry
  24. Pre-CRNA Coaching needed. I graduate BSN in May!
    In the order listed above: 1) pick the ICU that typically has the highest acuity patients that will give you lots of experience with hemodynamic monitoring, titration of critical care drugs,...
    Dec 11, '13
    Forum: Pre-CRNA Inquiry
  25. Being a nurse who likes working alone?
    Are you looking for less interaction with patients or coworkers? PACU comes to mind as I would imagine only a small amount of time is spent working with a fully conscious post op pt, however you...
    Dec 10, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion