Hi, I'm Brad. I've been thinking about CRNA as my ultimate goal of career fulfillment, as it has all the aspects of "fulfillment" and I haven't heard a single negative comment. However, being the sceptic and realistic person I am, I want someone to tell me if I should or should not pursue the CRNA dream! Ok, I know that this is probably not possible, but advice is welcome! OK here is my profile...
I am a routine 92% student. I will graduate in May 07 with ASN (yay).
Concern #1: A 92 in my nursing program is considered a straight B, yes a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. I consider this a little harsh. Most of my classmates are trying to avoid failing, while I am trying to establish credentials for grad school. I question the validity of the scale. Am I making excuses, or would this be something to bring up in an interview with a prospective CRNA school? I feel that my 92% average in an 8 credit ADN course should be equivelant (and no, spelling
is not my forte) to a 3.5 GPA. Which of course would be much more competitive for gaining entry to CRNA school versus a 3.0. Anyone feeling sorry for me? haha
Ok, I work currently as a CNA in a critical care unit, ICU and PCU, and have done so for over a year. In addition, I worked as a CNA for nursing homes, giving me an additional year of experience. I feel this has given me ample med-surg experience to potentiate going right into a critical care fellowship upon graduation. (I observed the RN's, and at times participated in all aspects of care)
Concern #2: How and when will I know that I am a "well-qualified" candidate for CRNA school?
I am a nontraditional student. I have over 30 credits from a previous encounter with college (majoring in business). This is something I think will prove to be beneficial in the real world only, and of course with gen-eds in RN-BSN program. I have worked since I was 16, and have over 15 years of customer service experience. I am married. I have finances to consider, and realize the concerns of CRNA school (i.e., not being able to work for at least two years...My wife will be graduating and be working as a dental hygentist prior to my admission...) Yep. Taken it all into consideration, and still I cannot make up my mind....Advice needed!