How old were you when you started CRNA school? - page 3

Questions is in the title, I'm just wondering what the average age range for students starting there programs are... Read More

  1. Visit  jakeb profile page
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    I just turned 24 and I'm starting at Kaiser this fall! SO excited and ready!
  2. Visit  xX Goose Xx profile page
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    39, and I an mot the oldest
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  3. Visit  icu-ickyou profile page
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    I'm 22. I start in May at CAMC in WV. I will graduate when I am 25 (3 year program). I turn 23 in August. Here's how it happened as I'm sure some are wondering:

    Graduated HS at almost 18 years old. Then got married shortly after.... yea.. i know. Anyhow I'm still happily married.
    Took one semester of pre-reqs at college.
    Start Nursing school (ADN) January 2009.
    Started working as a unit clerk/monitor tech part time in ICU January 2010 (one year into my ADN).
    Got pregnant with my daughter in October 2010 (What can I say? I'm a planner.)
    Graduated my ADN December 2010 with 3.52 - passed boards a couple of weeks after graduation.
    Started working as an RN full time December 2010.
    Took 5 classes of my BSN starting in January 2011.
    Took summer and fall of 2011 off from school to be with my daughter who was pretty sickly at the time.
    Started BSN classes back January 2012.
    Took my CCRN September 2012 - passed first try. Took my GRE - 310 (155 and 155). PALS, ACLS, etc. etc., nursing research team, Beacon task force, yada yada yada....
    Graduated BSN December 2012 with 3.62.
    Applied and interviewed for Murray State University in KY at the Morehead site - BOMBED the interview and didn't get in. Not surprised...
    Applied (spur of the moment... kinda) to CAMC in Charleston WV for May 2013 start date with 2 years of experience - LANDED IT! Don't ask me how.... really.
    Selling our house now and looking to move up there soon.

    My husband started a job in Nitro, WV about 4 months ago (before I even considered applying to CAMC).. Okay, well I had considered it and thought about CAMC for a long time, but wasn't sure if I was going to apply. So everything is certainly working out.

    So add into that list the fact that we bought a foreclosed home that was ran down and fixed it up.. We completely flipped the house and are looking to make some money off of it before school starts. That would be nice. Also add that my husband who previously had a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration before we married went back and obtained his second Bachelor's Degree in Acounting. Shew!!! We have been busy!

    So here are some things that I attribute to my early success:
    1. God. Absolutely, always, and undoubtedly God has blessed me in countless ways! He has made all of this possible for me and always has a plan. I continually prayed for God's will to be done, not mine and I had to have faith that this was going to happen.
    2. Great family support - my mom and dad and my husband's mom and dad are always willing to go out of their way to help us (with fixing up the house, watching our daughter, etc.)
    3. Early decision of what I wanted to do. I was in nursing school when I started thining about going to CRNA school. However, I frequently tossed around midwifery and med school with CRNA, but ultimately landed in this category. I am very happy I did. Why? Screaming women? No thanks. 4 year residency? No thanks.
    4. Communication!!! I mean between God and myself and between my husband and myself.
    5. Lastly, I don't believe in luck. I believe in God's will. But if I were one to believe in luck, it would go here.
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  4. Visit  Nolander profile page
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    Quote from icu-ickyou
    Applied and interviewed for Murray State University in KY at the Morehead site - BOMBED the interview and didn't get in. Not surprised...
    Why, if you dont mind me asking, did you bomb the interview? I'm located in KY and if I ever went to CRNA school either the military or Murray would be my first choices.
  5. Visit  icu-ickyou profile page
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    I don't mind at all. I was extremely nervous and am absolutely not the best communicator... That holds true in my personal and professional life. I'm the type of person that I know the reason why drugs or certain things work or do not work, and I can show you... but I can't explain it. :/ That has always been a downfall for me. And although Murray didn't ask me specific ICU type questions, I got so nervous that I could barely explain the type of ICU I work in.. Yep, nerves. I just can't over come them when it comes to a conversation. I'm more of an introvert anyway. I know that may have you asking how I handle advocating for my patients or my role in a code, rapid response, etc. But somehow I can overcome in situations like that but have yet to master the art of communication in a formal setting.

    I will leave you with an example...
    My first question in my interview was, "Explain your last 5 years as a nurse." And while I could have used this opportunity to elaborate how my 2 years of nursing have been more profitable to my professional knowledge and experience than some have had in 10+ years, I simply said something vague and choked..
  6. Visit  Nolander profile page
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    Quote from icu-ickyou
    I will leave you with an example...
    My first question in my interview was, "Explain your last 5 years as a nurse." And while I could have used this opportunity to elaborate how my 2 years of nursing have been more profitable to my professional knowledge and experience than some have had in 10+ years, I simply said something vague and choked..
    What other kind of interview questions did they ask?
  7. Visit  icu-ickyou profile page
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    Just general questions, really. My first question was as stated.. They went on to ask why I wanted to be a CRNA, tell me about your hospital, tell me about why you want to pursue RURAL CRNA practice, etc.. That's all I really remember to be honest with you... I may have some PTSD and have blocked out the bad memories. LOL! I walked in and the interviewers were sitting at an oblong table and I sat at the head of the table nearest the door. It was a very informal interview and every person had a different question. A couple of people took notes. Hope that helps!
    Last edit by icu-ickyou on Mar 1, '13
  8. Visit  MicuCCRN profile page
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    icu-ickyou. I will be starting my program shortly after turning 22 years old at the end of the summer. Your story sounds a lot like mine with how you got in! Congrats. I commend you on your hard work. Good luck!
  9. Visit  Mr.Optimist profile page
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    For those who started the CRNA at age 24 or so, when did you choose to take organic I and II? Or was organic not required for your admission?
  10. Visit  limaRN profile page
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    Quote from tran1591
    For those who started the CRNA at age 24 or so, when did you choose to take organic I and II? Or was organic not required for your admission?
    I've never taken organic chem. it wasn't required for the particular schools I applied to. I did take an online biochem class through UNE- the school I ended up choosing- which I found challenging and very interesting.
  11. Visit  klr24371 profile page
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    I just turned 60. Have always wanted to become a CRNA. I am going to apply in November 2015. Would be 63 at graduation. What do you think? Don't just say "go for it" DO you think I will have trouble finding a job at graduation?

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