Chances? Wait 1 or 2 years to apply?

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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, shadowing etc etc...

    Stats now:

    Experience:
    1.5 years community hospital (300 bed hospital w/20 bed ICU, pt population included stroke & cranis/EVDs, PNA/resp distress/ARDS, lots of sepsis/septic shock, GI bleeders, s/p cardiac arrest w/ hypothermia, CABGs...)

    Just starting at a level one trauma facility/teaching hospital >1000+ beds, will be working transplant & general surgical ICU, very sick patients, lots of CRRT, vasoactive gtts, etc.. (we do liver/kidney/pancreas/small bowel transplants... hearts&lungs go to CVICU)

    GPA: graduated 3.6, nursing GPA 3.8 (cum laude)
    science courses:
    A&P1- A
    A&P2- A
    Chemistry-A
    Biochemistry-B
    Biology-B
    Statistics-A
    Pharmacology-B
    Pathophysiology-A

    Certs:
    BLS/CPR, ACLS, CCRN

    Committees: EHR council rep, shared govt. council member, Sigma theta tau, AACN member, AHA volunteer (teach cpr classes for community)

    Have shadowed CRNA in nursing school, she is a family friend and could probably follow her again now that I actually know stuff!

    havent taken GRE yet...


    I dont know if I should apply next year in June for starting class of 2014... or wait one more year for the added experience. I don't feel that I really stand out anywhere. If I apply next year and by some miracle do get accepted then I will have had 1.5 years in the smaller ICU and 1.5 years in the large ICU...and a pretty typical application/resume... But I just want to do it right the first time!!!! Suggestions?
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    Absolutely apply now!

    I had the same situation and decided to apply to three schools. Got interviews and accepted to all.
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    I don't think you have any reason to wait and apply later. Your experience, certifications, and GPA all sound more than adequate to be a good candidate. I think you should definitely apply. In the end, even if you don't get in you have lost nothing, and have gained valuable interview experience which will benefit you when you re-apply. So...go for it!
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    If all u need is gre then apply now, buck up and take the test, then submit your results once they come in. Your application packets can be submitted in pieces as long as u get everything in by the deadline. That's what I did. I got accepted and I'm still finishing my BSN so anything is possible!!
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    I agree with everyone else. You should apply this year. Take it from personal experience, I was in your boat last year and decided to wait. I don't necessarily regret waiting another year and getting solid CVICU experience but as the saying goes, life happens while you are making plans. Good luck!
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    You all seem to have much more faith in me than I have in myself! Hah, thanks for the words of encouragement. I need that. I just want my application to be absolutely perfect before I submit it ...and the GRE test freaks me out...

    Seriously though, congrats to all of you who have gone through this stressful and terrifying application process, you guys rock.
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    The GRE is not as bad as you might think. Just study hard for a month or two and you will be fine. It is a frustrating test to study for because you get bogged down in the technicalities of it. I would recommend getting the Kaplan books, particularly the main book (it has CD and an online access for additional practice) and the math workbook. The math workbook does a more thorough job breaking down how to solve the problems than the main Kaplan GRE book. For the Verbal portion, do not get hung up on the vocabulary. Study it some, but you will never memorize all of the vocabulary words in the GRE word bank. If english is your first language, you should be able to hobble through the vocabulary exercises on the GRE fine. Practice the reading comprehension portions more. Do a couple of practice essays, but don't go crazy on that section. That is my advice. Don't stress about it too much.
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    Quote from CABGx4
    If all u need is gre then apply now, buck up and take the test, then submit your results once they come in. Your application packets can be submitted in pieces as long as u get everything in by the deadline. That's what I did. I got accepted and I'm still finishing my BSN so anything is possible!!
    Congrats on getting accepted to CRNA school! Do you mind if I ask how you managed to get accepted while you were still in your BSN program (I'm assuming you didn't have any ICU nursing experience, either)? Also, do you mind posting what school(s) you were accepted to?
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    I didn't bother to ask them why they accepted me! haha I think I got in because I had a good resume (maybe not even as good as the OP), good experience, leadership experience, good attitude and people skills, ability to communicate my knowledge (this was very important for my interview) and some luck. The fact that I don't yet have my BSN was irrelevant because I called the school beforehand to see if that was ok, or should I wait to apply next year. They told me as long as I had it before August I was cool so I just applied. Every school is different so call them and ask whatever you need to know or find out the admissions coordinator's name and email them. I found out everything I could from everyone I knew about their admission process. It helps that I work at a hospital with several crna's from the same school so I would ask everyone who would talk to me. We even get their students bringing us pt's to our unit so I would ask them too. Everyone was very helpful and seem like they genuinely wanted me to succeed. I knew I would get a lot of clinical questions so I studied everything involving my unit, pt population, drugs, etc.. I wasn't worried about other specialty areas. If I've never worked in neuro then they can't fault me for not knowing about ICP's and stuff. I knew my area like the back of my hand, and turns out I didn't get asked half of what I thought I would. It was more like an interrogation to see how I would handle tough questions and to see if I could reason my way through stuff I didn't know. Also, I have over 4 years ICU exp.
    To the OP again, your stats are more than impressive. Get over 1000 on the GRE and your in for next fall. Only you know if you're ready. But what is one more year going to do but put you one more year behind your goal? All they can say is no...maybe
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    I used kaplan and I really like princeton review. good post


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