I'm looking for some outside advice on what my chances are of getting in to CRNA school a year from now.... I went to nursing school knowing I wanted to be a CRNA, so I've been keeping it on my radar for some time. Now that my chance to apply is on the horizon, I'm stressing about whether or not I'm even going to have a chance!
Here's my school background:
-Graduated from well-regarded nursing school with a 3.95 Nursing GPA, 4.0 Science GPA
-graduated with honors
-Took an elective semester-long clinical with a CRNA that I arranged myself. I intubated, got familiar with meds, and most importantly saw the day-by-day role a CRNA takes. This CRNA is willing to write me a reference letter when I apply.
-Currently ACLS and PALS certified
-Worked for 5 months at one of that nation's top hospitals on a general care level floor, now moved out to a more rural location at a smaller hospital due to family issues
-Have been working a general ICU for 9 months now (will be about 1.5 years experience when I apply next fall)
-Planning on getting CCRN in the spring when I'm eligible
-Planning to take on charge roles any shift now ;-)
One thing I'm concerned about is if my ICU will be well-regarded when it comes time to apply. Like I mentioned above, I'm in a more rural location. It's an 18 bed ICU, and since we're the largest hospital in a huge area, we do get quite a few patients flown in. We do, however, end up sending some out. We even get peds- 6 months of age and up. With the size of my hospital, we only have this general ICU and a CVICU (and a NICU). So all of the open hearts, IABPs, VADs go to CVICU - I will not see one. It's very rare to see a swan on my unit, if ever. Is this going to throw a wrench in my application?? We do get CRRT on my unit, and still see our share of hemodynamic instability (sepsis, traumas, etc.). All traumas come to our unit, and we get ICP bolts and ventrics. Lots of big abdominal surgeries as well. We do lots of procedures at the bedside: trachs, EGD's, ventric placements
I'm planning on trying to stick to schools that don't require the GRE. Unfortunately I am TERRIBLE at math, and I just know my score would be skewed by poor performance on the math portion.
What can I work on in the next year? Do I stand a chance in a year? Is my ICU going to give me the experiences I need to be competitive?