First let me say thanks for the help. I'm a first year nursing student greatly interesting in becoming a CRNA. My cousin and his wife both do it and have gotten me curious. However they are vague when answering questions. Could someone please advice me on the most important classes and things to focus on. Or even some of the best schools to apply to and what these schools are looking for. And also if it is not too much could someone please post the most exciting and challenging aspect of your job, or even a typical day (ie length, being on call, autonomy etc.) I know this all varies but any help would be greatly appreciated
Nov 14, '05
I'm not a CRNA, and I don't know the "best" schools. Much of that depends on your preference and willingness to relocate. However for most schools you need a BSN. A pretty competitive GPA, particularly science GPA of >3.4, most of the time a GRE test is required and each school has their own requirements for that test. Extra chemistry and biology classes are great. Usually ACLS is needed. Instructor certifications are great. You need at least 1 year of "acute care" experience. This varies between schools, but usually ICU experience is the norm. Some schools do not accept flight nurse/ER type experience because you are with the patient for such a short period of time. They like a full shift of hemodynamic monitoring. a-lines, vasoactive drips, etc. etc. Basically the more screwed up the patient is, the better experience it is. :uhoh21: I would say shadow your cousin a couple times if you can to get the feeling for it. In many states you can practice independently, moonlight, whatever as much as you want, or as little as you want. I know CRNA's who work a few days a week, some work 6-7 days a week. Good luck.
Nov 14, '05
Read the stickies at the top of the pre-CRNA section. That should answer a lot of your questions.