Chances? Wait 1 or 2 years to apply? - page 2

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I have a dilemma here! Considering applying for CRNA school next year for starting class of 2014 but I am not sure if I should wait one more year for the added experience and chance to gain better LOCs, CEs, volunteer work,... Read More


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    Thank you so much! They changed the scoring system on the GRE btw! But for the school I want to go to you actually have to get >1100 if you are looking at the old test... >302 on the new one. I took a practice GRE on the Kaplan website and realized I REALLY need to refresh my basic geometry/algebra knowledge, my quantitative reasoning score was not so hot! But I did get a 298 overall which almost makes the cut for where I want to go and thats without studying! But I definitely see what you mean about focusing on studying for that section of the test and not spending so much time on vocabulary. English if my first language and I read quite a bit but I'd say there were a large number of words on that test that I don't think I have ever seen in my life before! I think it would be much easier to memorize a few math equations than learn a new language in just a few months! Hah.

    So if I do manage to do well on the GRE I guess I will aim at applying for next year. The school I want to go to is a DNP program... and application is due in July, you are notified in October and classes begin mid-jan. Is that sort of timing typical with most schools? I feel like thats going to be a long 3-4 months waiting on that letter! Also, how soon is too soon to submit your application? Or does it matter? I don't want to look like the procrastinator or who waited until that last minute to turn everything in.

    Did you only work in one type of ICU before school? Going from a MSICU to a Transplant ICU has been challenging. I was starting to feel very comfortable and secure in the MSICU and it was a pretty easy transition since we use the same charting system, vents, pumps and cvvhd machines... but now that I am taking fresh transplants on my own I am starting to feel like an amateur all over again! I guess you can never know everything... Wouldn't it be nice though?

    Thanks for your help again.
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    Here's my thoughts...you know what you want to do for sure right?
    Every year you spend getting your application perfect is $100,000 in potential income lost. I KNOW this job is about more than income and TRUST ME I feel that way too, I'm just being practical here.
    You have the credentials to go to school NOW and not wait 2 years. You most definately should apply now for school. You have a very strong application. If you don't get accepted, you will still be building your application in the process of applying. I applied to CRNA school with 7 months of ICU experience (8 yrs nursing experience) because I felt like I had nothing to loose. In the time of applying I got my CCRN, signed up for grad classes, and strive to take the sickest ICU patients possible. Go for it and I bet if you send out a couple of applications you will get accepted to at least 1 school!!! Good Luck!!
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    Hi! congrats on the stats!

    I've a question for everyone though, my concern is the science courses/prereqs. I got a B+ in pharm and a B in pathophysiology, but still As in my other sciences and still working my way through my BSN. Will these grades hinder me in patho and pharm?
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    Question, do CRNA schools care in general if you worked in a level 1 trauma center vs. community hospital ICU?
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    you'll definitely get higher acuity patients at the level 1 trauma center. But in the end it all comes down to how knowledgeable you are in your specialty.
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    This thread is 2 years old now and I have been following this thread for a while. I'd like to know if there is something I can improve on as of now because I'm going to be applying this year. Figured that I got nothing to lose so yea.

    Stats now-
    Experience:
    Will have little over a year's good experience at a level one trauma facility/teaching hospital, working in transplant/surgical ICU
    GPA:
    Overall/cumulative total 3.7
    BSN/core nursing classes 3.6
    Science 3.9
    Last 60 hours/units/credits 3.6

    pre-req courses:
    Anatomy - A
    Physiology - A
    Chemistry -A
    Statistics - B+ first time, retook it for an A
    Pharmacology - B+ first time, took a graduate FNP pharm for an A
    Pathophysiology - B first time, retook it for an A-
    Research - A
    Health/Physical Assessment - A
    Will be taking org/biochem this coming fall semester.
    Plan on taking physics and biology PRN.

    Certs:
    BLS, ACLS, PALS, PHN (I'm proud to be a public health nurse too!)
    Planning to take the CCRN and TNCC once I get enough hours.

    Others: AACN member, and leadership/public/community volunteer. I Have shadowed CRNAs/MDAs too. Plan on taking the GRE too. Racked up letters of recs too.

    I'd just like to know if there's anything else I can improve on. Like the OP I want to do this in just one shot and I feel that maybe I don't stand out as there are fierce and tough applicants. I even feel nervous about even applying just for an interview.
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    You look good on paper. Based on the information you posted I think you'd get interviews. However, half the picture is missing - CCRN, GRE and references. I think if you nail those three you won't just get into a program, you'll be able to choose where you go.
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    WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR! You have worked hard, you have good experiences, take the stinking CCRN and GRE and get your buns in CRNA school!

    The interview can be rough, but just beef up on your CCRN stuff and fall back on the knowledge you already have. You are likely going to get in, but you can't tell me the chance isn't worth wasting $100 application fee if you don't! GOOD LUCK!
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    Scooby-Do! I tried to send you a PM but it won't let me since I don't have enough posts on this site. If you send me another PM w/ an email address or something I'll send it to you again


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