I know this probably is asked a lot but I havent seen any recent post or direct answers. I really want to become a CRNA but the road to get there is time consuming with getting the right experience and prep. I have only been a nurse for about 1 year and 8 months and im 24 years old and single, no kids. I do want a family one day. I currently started working in a CVICU in a level 1 trauma center but the training is intense. I previously worked in an IICU and a progressive care unit at small hospitals.
I have a GPA of 3.25 overall, B's in all my sciences except Microbiology and lab earned a C (worked 3 jobs when I was taking this course and my entire 4 years of nursing school).
I would like advice from anyone who has gotten a Master's of Science in nursing (NP)? if so which one? Also do you think this is wise to do and than pursue getting a post master's in CRNA? I am really getting discourage right now and really need advice.
I have not taken the GRE or college courses and would like insight on what to take to better my chances or what should I do to get to CRNA school faster.
Aug 3, '12
Thank you for your reply, and it was not rude at all. I have done the research and found 5 schools I am interested in and also have met with two directors. I just wanna know will it better my chances by getting an Msn first. I will contact them to see what their advice is on this. This is my dream to become an Crna.
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Aug 3, '12
I am a Nurse Midwife.....graduated when I was 27. I have a MSN as well as post graduate certificates as a Nurse-Midwife and in Healthcare Economics.
Ok, you first need to get more experience at the Level I hospital. You need sheer VOLUME and severity for your experience. Your goal is to have the worst cases now when you have people all around you to help.
To be an advanced practice nurse come 2015 you will need a post graduate degree (ie: PhD, DNP, etc). Make sure that you calculate for this financially and timewise. Look up the college financial section since funding will clearly come into play for you.
Not certain that having a MSN will help first....check with the school. Frankly, I do not understand why that would help. You need the hands on case load experience as a priority vs more pieces of paper. I know when I have someone putting me 'under' I want to know they can do it....not that they have multiple degrees. Think about it.
Good luck and I hope that this has helped
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