Congratulations for getting accepted into the program!! Thank you for giving solid advice. I wish I knew three years ago that a large teaching hospital with areas like CVICU, CVRU, NICU...would benefit me in my candidacy to NA school. However, I was not so fortunate with applying to area hospitals like CMC's NICU (neuro), Mercy Hosp's CCU and MICU, Presbyterian Hosp's CCU and CVRU, CMC-Pineville's CCU/ICU, and Piedmont's CVICU. They were all honest to tell me that one, I needed 1-2 plus years experience and two, a "new RN graduate" would be a better choice to select, and I did not fulfill the criteria. Prior to considering critical care and applying to the above hospitals, I worked in the in-patient OR as a circulator for two years at Presbyterian Hosp Main, and here is where I befriended 2-3 CRNA's who inspired and encouraged me to pursue nurse anesthesia. I finally landed myself in a hospital in Lancaster, South Carolina, after taking a tour of a new 10-bed CCU that was being built. Speaking with the director of CCU, I initially thought I would get the same reply as the other hospitals gave me. Instead, she was willing to hire me without the experience and train me for six months under the supervison of experienced critical care nurses. I took the offer right away, and here I am now, getting ready to apply to CMC/UNCC and one year away from possibly starting in the program. The "one year way" may seem like a stretch and therefore, consideration for applying/transfering to a large-teaching hospital like CMC is "there" with me,
but the changes...the orientation...the transition...in one year just really feels overwhelming. I thought about taking CCRN but not so deeply yet. And I am almost ready to submit my application materials. I know there is no perfect equation, and I sure hope I'll be granted an interview and gain admission acceptance. By the way, CMC/UNCC is the only program I am applying to. I have recently read some of your 'threads/replies', and I can tell your determination and perseverance is sky-high.
THE BEST OF LUCK TO YOU. If you have any other advice or wisdom, please share. Thanks a whole bunch.--jackielou