I was hoping the experience accumulated on this forum could help me out. And, I appreciate any information given.
I am currently working on my Pre-req's towards a BSN. However, I have been taking a few tests to determine if that is the right choice for me, and what seems to show up highest every time is a career in BioChem or Anesthesiology (Haven't taken a MBTI yet, but Dr. Hollands' test places me as Investigative, Realistic, and Social). Now, I don't place all my faith in the results of these tests, but they work best when they confirm an original thought, and they are doing just that.
So, to get to the point, I have a few questions... I keep running into conflicting answers, so I thought I would ask for the "realistic" answers on this forum.
1. All the educational sources I look into say it takes 6 years of school to become a CRNA. However, I've read on here that it is around 8ish. 4Bsn + 2Masters + 1Critical Care + 2.5CRNA school. so 8-10 years ?!?!? Is that true? 3 different schools have informed me that a BSN + Masters program + licensing test = CRNA
2. Also, if the route I mentioned in question 1 is true...What would one specialize in for their Masters? And, is it wise to go directly from BSN to Masters without working full time in between, if CRNA is the goal?
3. I don't mind paying my dues in bedside nursing, but I would be happier in a less social, investigative, research type position. Would anyone recommend another nurse specialty that fits into this type of role I'm looking for? Hopefully, with the maximum school being a Masters degree. I've gone through hundreds of threads on here, and just hoping for a more tailored answer.
I am a Massage Therapist and an adult student, with a 4.0 gpa. I would love to do CRNA (or whatever is a best fit) not b/c of the high salary potential, but just because I want to be happy. Thank you for any info possible!
Thanks adpiRN, that makes me feel better. I'll have to investigate the quickest route to the ICU. Perhaps med/surg would be best? I was under the impression that ICU rarely takes on new grads. Although sometimes they're mixed sometimes not? the differences in units is really confusing to me sometimes.lol
Last edit by LMT2BSN on Aug 16, '11
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I should add that I am certainly up for any suggestions on non advanced-practice nursing specialties that are similar to the function or commonalities relevant to a nurse anesthetist. Thanks!
Research different APN association websites and shadow different types of APNs. Being a CRNA apeals to some people and some people absolutely hate it. It has little to do with a standardized personality test.
Last edit by wtbcrna on Aug 17, '11