A friend of mine started CRNA school this past august and told me about this site, lots of great info in here. I am currently in nursing school. I work as a tech in surgical ICU (most of our cases are CV, usually several CABG's per week) I am also a medic in the Air Force reserves. I have my BS in Biology with a minor in chemistry. My overall GPA is 3.4 right now, still have one year of nursing school left. I plan on taking the GRE next summer to get that out of the way. I have been in touch with the critical care educator at Baylor Medical Center in Dallas. They hire new grads into the CVICU.
At my job in SICU, I try to learn everything I can about the patients. I am learning about the vents, Swan-Ganz caths, art-lines, all the drugs. Tons of info to learn. I previously worked in telemetry for several years, so I have some experience with all the cardiac monitoring.
What else can I be doing now to try and be as competitive as possible when I am ready to apply to CRNA school.
Last edit by srna2008 on Dec 19, '05
Dec 20, '05
It sounds as though your on the right track now--and the SICU is great experience, both the SICU and CVICU would be great experience as an RN.
Besides getting great ICU experience, grades and GRE scores, try to shadow a CRNA. This could give you an even a better idea about the job, and make sure it is what you want. Also make sure you can get great letters of recommendation.
Dec 20, '05
Welcome aboard, and best wishes to you in your studies.