Ok, obviously the more ICU experience the better before applying for CRNA school... Many programs that I know of need a minimum of 1 year of ICU, but has anyone actually been accepted into a program with this minimum? And in reality what are the ideal/average years of experience that SRNA/CRNA's have?Just curious, thanks
May 26, '04
Working in a CICU does not give you better experience than other adult ICU's. Everyone has their favorite ICU to work in and they generally believe theirs is the best. Any adult ICU in large hospital will provide you with the experience you need for school. As long as you are working with gtts on a daily basis, monitoring CVP's, A-lines, and Swans then you are getting the experience you need.
As for the original question posted. I interviewed after having only one year of ICU nursing experience and was accepted. I will have two years by the time my classes start though. This was my first job as a nurse too and I worked in a med/surg icu. Personally I love the med/surg icu because of the large variety of patients. Open-hearts can be fun but I wouldn't trade taking a really sick septic patient for anything.
Just find out what area interests you most and go with that one. You will be happier for it in the long run.
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