Anyone find CRNA School EASIER than made out to be? - page 4

Hey everyone, I consider myself to have above average intelligence and did fairly well in college (a top 20 private university). Last year, I decided medical school wasn't for me due mainly to the... Read More

  1. by   givethanks
    Funny but very difficult to pull off when those pathological personalities fill out your evaluations and take your hard earned tuition dollars, after you resigned from a secure full time job to pursue higher education, in an effort to achieve a goal and better yourself. Turning your world upside down to accommodate their ever changing demands makes it even harder, a reference to my anesthesia school experience. Forgiveness is key but it sure is a hard pill to swallow, at the time. Thankfully, there is life after you experience it. :0)
  2. by   chrissy44
    How do you feel about the "abuse level" now as a practicing CRNA ?
  3. by   subee
    Don't feel that it's any worst than doctor-on-doctor abuse.
  4. by   NICU_babyRN
    You'll have to remember that you will not even be considered for a CRNA program before a couple of years of SOLID ICU nursing experience!
  5. by   Kadambari
    is there a lot of chemistry involved?
  6. by   erwindt
    Netglow, if you're smarter than the rest, why can't you correct your simple grammar error... "MORE smartER".
  7. by   puppies'n kittens
    Simply not true. There are schools out there that will accept PACU and ER as experience..." Critical Care" is not well defined by the COA or AANA.

    I'm a bit tired of people thinking it is difficult to get into a program. In the last 5 to 10 years there has been an explosion of schools and seats.
  8. by   detroitdano
    It's not as hard as everyone makes it out to be, sure. You have to come into school with good study habits and time management skills. People that struggled with those issues in undergrad who never changed will find CRNA school impossible to manage. If you've got those under control, it's very doable.

    I think time management is the worst part. Waking up at 4 AM to be to clinical, then having to leave clinical to go back to school for a seminar, then back to the hospital to go do your pre-op's before even going home only to have to be back at the hospital in the morning doesn't leave much free time. You have to be focused to study on a tight schedule like that.

    It is not impossible to get into school, but the further I get in my program, the more I keep hearing finding a job is more about where you went to school. Finding a job as an RN, it really doesn't seem to matter where you went, or whether your BSN is from an online program or a brick and mortar. For those who think you should just go to whatever school will accept you, think about it first. If the school is easy to get into but has terrible attrition rates or is known in the area for cranking out students with poor clinical performance, you're doing yourself a disservice.
  9. by   CRNA 1984
    CRNA school is different for everyone. One of the biggest things to consider when speaking with someone is what Nurse Anesthesia Program did they attend? Each program is different with some being harder than others. Also, was the program front-loaded where they take just the didactic portion of school for the first year and then start clinicals after? This type of set up allows for more study time, because you are not having to balance studying with with being in the OR.

    OVERALL... CRNA school is difficult, and anyone who says it isn't is lying. You will hear most people compare it to "Trying to drink from a firehose". You are given an enormous amount of information in a short period of time. With that said it is very manageable if you have a strong work ethic. Don't let people scare you away from your dream, just know that it will require a lot of effort on your part. Best of luck!
  10. by   SEWRN
    I got accepted into northshore and rush for next year. Given the time you posted this, wondering what your thoughts are about crna school and the profession as a whole, now that you're on the other side. I too have a family (4yr old and 2 yr old) and am super anxious about the time I would have to sacrifice for school
  11. by   subee
    If the other spouse does not work, it is doable. CRNA school is MORE than full-time. Your life is pretty much on hold. If the other spouse works, you will need child care back up. In my day we had to take call once a week during the last 9 months. Just imagine that you house has to continue on with you not around ever and then every hour you get to spend with family is a gift - not a given. Good luck whatever you decide.