2nd Degree BSN or Direct Entry MSN for ultimate goal CRNA? - page 2

This is my first post and first off, I just want to say how impressed I am with the level of posting on this board. I am a career changer (I have a J.D.) at the age of 29. I realized for many... Read More

  1. by   EpiphanyXI
    Quote from nurse4lf1
    epiphanyXI,

    Listen, go through the second degree BSN program work for a year in the ICU apply to CRNA school before you complete your 1 year's experience. This is what I did have a BS in chemistry, a MA in education, and a BSN I got into a CRNA program and while I will have my year before the program starts I do not yet have it. What state are you in? One of the instrctors only had one year's experience as well and was obviously very successful in the program. Good luck to you and don't waste your time with NP unless that's what you want to do. I am also getting up there in age so I understand the need to not waste time.
    Congratulations on your matriculation! You must have a impressive GPA, GRE, letters of rec and experience! I hope I follow in your foot steps. Last week I talked to the dean/director of the CRNA program at Eastern Carolina University and she suggested the same thing as you. About the age thing, it is funny, I just got back from the ER that I am volunteering at and one of the PAs told me to go for a MD because I am still young! I guess it is all relative meaning you should go for your dreams because life keeps moving, and you will still be here. Thank you for the advice!
  2. by   smileyRn96
    LOL ,I love the age thing. You are only 29 I do remember thinking the same way and still do about age at least. A friend of mine is in his later 40s pursuing his BSN to progress to CRNA. Also, I have a coworker who's friend started CRNA school at 50+. I met a dentist a few years ago who was like 59, retired and in his intern year of medical school...Enough examples, I think you get my point.
  3. by   nurse4lf1
    EpiphanyXI,

    The medical school advise from the PA is true and it gives you another option however, I have heard some physicians say they wish they had gone the CRNA route instead of medical school. CRNA is doable in 4-5 years from the start of a RN program to independent practice as a CRNA depending on your drive. While medical school requires at least a good year or two to get in plus 4 years of medical school plus an additional 2-8 years of residency depending on your specialty. Moreover many general practice physicians do not make as much as CRNA's. I know you are an attorney so perhaps the money thing is inmaterial at this point to you but it's something to consider. Good Luck:spin: !!
  4. by   RRT2RN2CRNA
    Epiph-

    I was an attorney too who got out of it after 9/11.
    I thought I was the only one!

    I became an Respiratory Therapist first. Just happened to fall into it. I had a great university/teaching hospital around the corner from me and I was admitted very quickly into a 2nd BS RT program with some pre-reqs made co-reqs. (LOVE IT btw)

    Pros about Respiratory: The best thing is that you can work in allll areas. You dont have to commit to a specific unit. You get great cardiorespiratory training, you learn vents inside-out, you learn airway management, you get to intubate, you attend traumas, place A-lines, draw ABGs, youre on the code team, you transport critical pts all over the place. You learn great troubleshooting skills with all the equipment and learn to think fast.

    But the profession is very specialized and limited $ wise and scope-wise, and I knew it wouldnt be the end of the road for me from the beginning. As a stepping stone- it's great as long as you work in a progressive department with high level critical care duties. I am working in CCU & CTICU as an RRT, and will switch over to being an RN in CTICU when I pass my nursing boards.

    I am getting my Associates in Nursing through Excelsior now, will do online RN-BSN while I'm working and then decide whether to do NP or CRNA....

    Personally, I'm leaning 80/20 to the CRNA side.

    My biggest piece of advice is to go into a program that you can at least work doing *something* that pays and is giving you experience as soon as possible. Either an ADN/1 year Accel nursing BSN or RT is great bc with your previous BS, you can do it in 1-2 years, then continue to study while you are working... not only can you make money, but it will reinforce you mentally and you'll be getting a lot of great PAID experience while youre working your way through.

    Also as an RN-JD, there's tons of medical-legal consulting work to get. (If you can still stomach your former colleagues)

    Expect to get a lot of weird looks when people find out you were a lawyer "You left that to come to *this*???" nasty comments and such. Personally, I learned the hard way. I don't tell anyone about my previous career unless they've already had an opportunity to respect me formy current skills... not my past career. (Although the critical thinking carries over greatly!). I downplay it as much as possible initially....

    People are ***catty*** (ESP nurses) and you will find that your education and previous experience is, for most, just an excuse to pick you apart more.

    Good luck and PM if you want to talk...

    RRT2RN2CRNA
  5. by   RRT2RN2CRNA
    Ephiph- I have PMd you a loooong email with the whole story and lots of info.

    I don't know where you are, but if you want to come hang out in Respiratory with me to shadow feel free.

    I'm in Long Island, New York now through September at least.

    Info on the program I'm doing can be found on www.excelsior.edu. They have a *completely* online Nursing Associates that you can get into if you an experienced RRT, CRT, paramedic, LVN or LPN- no clinicals, just a clinical skills test to pass at the end. They also have a RN-BSN, and online MSN programs to take as add ons.

    As a JD, you already have proven that you can handle a crazy workload in graduate school. I'd focus on just getting your RN the quickest way possible so you can get into ICU right away, get working, get your experience, start making money and take everything else online as youre getting your year experience. Get your CCRN, and start applying to CRNA schools as soon as you will have a year experience *by the time the program starts*. If you've got good ICU experience, are a smart cookie and flexible with relocation... there's a program that will find understand your goals and let you in. Most schools will pre-counsel you before you apply and tell you if your application is competitive.

    Also, you might want to look into getting into this nursing program through the paramedic or RT "back door"... those programs are sometimes more willing to make some of your pre-reqs into co-reqs. I only had A&P and chem 1 done upon admission and then took microbio, chem 2, physics, stats, and developmental psych while I was in the program. Saved me a whole year....

    Go for it!

    Don't let anyone discourage you or lead you to believe you have wait. You don't, plenty of people have gotten in with less than one year's experience and having a JD shows that youre pretty tough to begin with. The experience will show youve got the skills...

    Good luck!

    RRT2RN2CRNA
  6. by   EpiphanyXI
    Quote from RRT2RN2CRNA
    Ephiph- I have PMd you a loooong email with the whole story and lots of info.

    I don't know where you are, but if you want to come hang out in Respiratory with me to shadow feel free.

    I'm in Long Island, New York now through September at least.

    Info on the program I'm doing can be found on www.excelsior.edu. They have a *completely* online Nursing Associates that you can get into if you an experienced RRT, CRT, paramedic, LVN or LPN- no clinicals, just a clinical skills test to pass at the end. They also have a RN-BSN, and online MSN programs to take as add ons.

    As a JD, you already have proven that you can handle a crazy workload in graduate school. I'd focus on just getting your RN the quickest way possible so you can get into ICU right away, get working, get your experience, start making money and take everything else online as youre getting your year experience. Get your CCRN, and start applying to CRNA schools as soon as you will have a year experience *by the time the program starts*. If you've got good ICU experience, are a smart cookie and flexible with relocation... there's a program that will find understand your goals and let you in. Most schools will pre-counsel you before you apply and tell you if your application is competitive.

    Also, you might want to look into getting into this nursing program through the paramedic or RT "back door"... those programs are sometimes more willing to make some of your pre-reqs into co-reqs. I only had A&P and chem 1 done upon admission and then took microbio, chem 2, physics, stats, and developmental psych while I was in the program. Saved me a whole year....

    Go for it!

    Don't let anyone discourage you or lead you to believe you have wait. You don't, plenty of people have gotten in with less than one year's experience and having a JD shows that youre pretty tough to begin with. The experience will show youve got the skills...

    Good luck!

    RRT2RN2CRNA
    Dear RRT2RN2CRNA,

    Thank you so much for the encouragement and your brillient emails and for this post! It is so nice to hear that someone else is in my shoes and has given me much to think about. I will PM very soon!

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