ICU(as ADN) for CRNA?

  1. My ultimate goal is to become a CRNA,I'll be starting out with an ADN vs. BSN so I can enter the field sooner.Is it possible and/or would it be better to gain the required ICU experience to enter a CRNA program with an ADN while I'm working on my BSN vs. finishing my BSN first then working in ICU? If so,wouldn't the the 2+ years of ICU experience on my application appear to be better than the minimum of 1 year?:flowersfo
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  3. by   skipaway
    Quote from newbeginnings07
    My ultimate goal is to become a CRNA,I'll be starting out with an ADN vs. BSN so I can enter the field sooner.Is it possible and/or would it be better to gain the required ICU experience to enter a CRNA program with an ADN while I'm working on my BSN vs. finishing my BSN first then working in ICU? If so,wouldn't the the 2+ years of ICU experience on my application appear to be better than the minimum of 1 year?:flowersfo
    Yes. The more experience you have the better.
  4. by   CAPRN77
    I would say that it would be better to gain your critical care experience while working toward your BSN. That is exactly what I did. I am not yet in a CRNA program, but I do have an interview next month so apparently its not imperative that you gain your ICU experience as a BSN. Also, I hear that just barely meeting the requirements is rarely if ever good enough to get into a program. I agree that the two years of experience would look better.
  5. by   Mags4711
    I think that's a wonderful idea! I am forever amazed how 1 year in an ICU is supposedly enough to prepare you for CRNA school. I guess for some folks it is, but after almost 10 years in an ICU there are times I double check myself and wonder if I've the experience to do it.

    If you'll be working part-time while you are finishing your BSN, then a couple of years might be what your chosen CRNA program would prefer for experience, anyway. My friend just interviewed and was told that her one year of part-time might not be enough, they'd prefer for it to be a year of near full-time of a couple of years of part-time. She's not a new nurse, she worked adult ICU for a few years, then moved to NICU for about 6 years, and has been back in adult ICU for almost a year to bring her adult experience up to date.
  6. by   TexasGas
    I'm an ADN in a CRNA program. I had a life science BS before I went to ADN. I would highly recommend that you do exactly what you are doing and once you put in a full year of full-time ICU, you are ready to go if you feel competent and confident. There is one of my classmates (that I know of) that completed her BSN 3 months before school started, but had been accepted while and ADN. Her enrollment was contingent upon her completing her BSN before school started, and she did it.

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