Hello! I'm 23 and I've been pursuing my goal of becoming a CRNA since I was 17. The last time I posted in the forum, I was still in nursing school and was precepting in the Neuro ICU. A lot has changed since then!
I landed my first nursing job in the Cardiothoracic ICU in a large teaching/magnet hospital. I've learned SO much since I started working there -- I hit the 7 month mark yesterday. I have taken care of ECMO pts, open sternums, seen chests re-entered at the bedside due to tamponade, and much more. I love it!
Recently, I introduced myself to the director of the CRNA school which I plan on applying to (she still practices anesthesia in the same hospital in which I work). She let me come and help with their senior anesthesia simulations and told me I could come shadow her in the OR.
GPA wise, things could be better. Last 60 hours is a 3.2, and my combined sciences is a 3.5. But I'm hoping that since I know the director of the program, have interacted with all of the members of the interview panel, and acquired a job in CICU, that my chances of getting in are good.
I will be taking the GRE this summer, and I will apply to the program in September! Wish me luck!