Military CRNA School

  1. Hi all,

    I just found this forum and I find the information to be very helpful and extensive. I am entering my final year in my RN program and I have a question in regards to joining the military after I receive my RN degree.

    I was told my a CRNA that I was observing that when you enter the military with your RN degree, you can enter CRNA school immediately without working 1 yr as an RN in an ICU. He also told me that I would only be required to work for 2 years for the military as a CRNA after I completed my degree.
    Prior to talking with this individual, it had never crossed my mind to enter the military, but now I am curious.

    Is there anyone out there that can confirm this is true? Any recommendations from anyone who has entered the military with their RN in order to obtain their CRNA degree?

    Any advice would be much appreciated!!
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  3. by   lgcv
    Admission criteria for all CRNA programs are established by the Council on Accreditation. How they are interprated varies from school to school. They will all require that you have knowledge of vasoactive drugs/inotropes/and invasive monitors, what they will accept as adequate experience in that is what varies. At any rate the following is the accrediting standard for admission to all CRNA programs.

    C13. The program enrolls only baccalaureate prepared students who meet admission criteria. Admission requirements include:

    a. Registration as a professional nurse in the United States, its territories or protectorates.

    b. At least one year of experience as a RN in an acute care setting (see Glossary).

    Glossary:Acute care experience - Work experience during which a an RN has developed as an independent decision-maker capable of using and interpreting advanced monitoring techniques based on knowledge of physiological and pharmacological principles

    Here is the website: http://www.aana.com/accreditation/st...andard_iii.asp
  4. by   alansmith52
    Igcv you changed your avatar I alost didn't recogize you. I've been think of chnging mine too.
    now. I have been in the army for 8 years 1 active and 7 reserve and let me denounce the whole thing right now.
    first don't ever belive anythin a recruiter tells you. they have finaciall insetives to recruit numbers. If a rcuriter or anyone tells you will get a bonus., remember that government bonuses are 40% taxable. and they don't pay a lump sum. so, If you are offered a 5000 dollar bonuse. first take away 40% = 3000 left then they pay you in equal payments over the life of your contract so even if you did have a two year which is inconcivable seeing as how you will be an offcier and your contract will be for a "volentary indefinate" term which is code for your ours until we don't want you any more. you would get 1500 dollars a year. Does that sound much like 5000 to anyone. its not.
    oh what about the GI bill you say? the GI bill is aprox 300 maybe a little more now for each month you are in school for a max of 36 months. if you are going full time, which means > 12 credits per sem. during some sem in nursing school and CRNA school you will feel like you are taking 30 credits whn infact its only 7. inorder to get the GI bill you would need to take extra bogus classes to get the full money.
    The bottom line is this.... all nobility and patrotisim aside! have you seen black hawk down, we were soldiers, platoon. Is there any amout of money they can give you that makes those situations sound entising. oh whats that.. youll be in a hospital away from the bullets; (I am allergic to bullets) right. every solider is an infantryman when push comes to shove. every soldier will walk a thousand miles when they are taken prisoner. set up tents pull kitchen duty and stay up all night watchig for fires. not to mention the company. most of the people in the army are otherwise unemployable (okay maybe thats a little strong) but think about it. many are there because they don't want to serve prison terms.
    ok thats eough if you want to know more just ask me wich you probably won't after this rant.
  5. by   alansmith52
    oh, but you want to through hand grenades and run around out in the woods like your real tuff.
    Buy a paintball gun. and wake up at 0400 and run up a large hill with your wife on your back. there you've done it.
  6. by   SKM-NURSIEPOOH
    originally posted by poja_18
    hi all,

    i just found this forum and i find the information to be very helpful and extensive. i am entering my final year in my rn program and i have a question in regards to joining the military after i receive my rn degree.

    i was told my a crna that i was observing that when you enter the military with your rn degree, you can enter crna school immediately without working 1 yr as an rn in an icu. he also told me that i would only be required to work for 2 years for the military as a crna after i completed my degree.
    prior to talking with this individual, it had never crossed my mind to enter the military, but now i am curious.

    is there anyone out there that can confirm this is true? any recommendations from anyone who has entered the military with their rn in order to obtain their crna degree?

    any advice would be much appreciated!!
    hi poja_18, try going to this website & click onto the various military crna school links & read-up on their criteria for entering their schools & what type of military obligation that you'd have to do. good luck in your :blushkiss future endeavors - moe.
  7. by   lgcv
    On the GI bill, I am using it now and it pays 800 a month, going to 900 a month in October. But, that is active duty GI bill (I was in the army several years ago). The other thing is that nursing school and CRNA programs count as full time even if the credit hours are not full time due to the clinical hours, they call it cooperative education or something like that.
    I do agree that you should never believe a recruiter, and if you have an inclination to, then get it in writing!!
  8. by   poja_18
    Thank you for your responses! I thought it might have sounded too good to be true, but it would be nice to be able to go right on to graduate school. I will take your advice on talking to the recruiters and taking everything they say with a grain of salt. Any further advice is much appreciated!!
  9. by   SKM-NURSIEPOOH
    i forgot to post the link above...here it is!!!
    http://www.anesthesia-nursing.com/links.html

    just click on the various military school links & read their criteria for entrance. sorry about that poja_18. moe
  10. by   dreamon
    Hi poja_18, I also plan to become a CRNA, and I plan to do it through the Army. Definetly check into everything the recruiter tells you. I have been in the military for almost 5 years, and one thing everyone jokes about is what the recruiter lied about. Of course, all recruiters dont lie, but if anything that is promised to you is not on that contract, you wont get it.

    I will be getting around 900-1000 dollars a month come this fall from my gi bill and my 30,000 college fund I signed up for when I enlisted.

    What alansmith52 said about your fellow soldiers in the army as opposed to doing time made me laugh. I personally haven't met anyone who was in that situation, but I heard it applied to some people. You will meet liars, backstabbers,best friends, so on and so forth in the military as I have...but is that any different from a civilian job? I dont think so. (Then again I am not sure, I never had a cilivilian job...lol)
    But now that I have gotten out the military, I am going to college with the intent on going ROTC, and sign my life back over to Uncle Sam, stay in until I get certified as a CRNA-do my time, then I will be back out again!!
  11. by   Gump
    Originally posted by poja_18
    Hi all,

    I was told my a CRNA that I was observing that when you enter the military with your RN degree, you can enter CRNA school immediately without working 1 yr as an RN in an ICU.

    Any advice would be much appreciated!!
    Hi Poja_18, about 6 months ago, I met with a recruiter to kinda 'go over' everything. He told me that "realistically", I would serve 5-6 years before even being considered for CRNA school, because the military wanted my commitment first (Even though I have my BSN and have been working in critical care for 7 years). Just something to think about, and remeber to get it in writing!!
  12. by   gaspassah
    interestingly i have been looking at the army reserves and know a couple of crna's that signed up. there are some interesting benefits to the army RESERVES. i emphasize that because the only rn i new that joined the regular army to go to crna school has been in for 4 years as has still not made it. i was told you have to be picked by upper command to attend crna school, NOT just apply. look into the reserves. 1100 per month while in school with no duty status until graduation, look into the NAD program, you are assigned to a duty station that may not be where you live but you dont drill one weekend a month, you can donate 8 hrs a month at a hospital where you work that qualifies as drill. also you can attend anesthesia conferences to fulfill duty time. army will also pay transportation to and from conference or reimburse you .34 cents per mile if you drive. plus will pay for hotel lodging based on the particular cities rate set by the army up to 100 dollars per day. **there is always the risk of being activated especially in this day and age. do not join any military service if you are not willing to fulfill your end of the obligation, reserves or otherwise. however if you feel as though this is a good opportunity for you and a way to do service for your country by all means visit a recruiter that is involved in medical recruitment (not all recruiters are) and by all means make sure what is promised is put in your contract.
    thanks you for your time
    david
  13. by   gotosleep
    Originally posted by alansmith52
    Igcv you changed your avatar I alost didn't recogize you. I've been think of chnging mine too.
    now. I have been in the army for 8 years 1 active and 7 reserve and let me denounce the whole thing right now.
    first don't ever belive anythin a recruiter tells you. they have finaciall insetives to recruit numbers. If a rcuriter or anyone tells you will get a bonus., remember that government bonuses are 40% taxable. and they don't pay a lump sum. so, If you are offered a 5000 dollar bonuse. first take away 40% = 3000 left then they pay you in equal payments over the life of your contract so even if you did have a two year which is inconcivable seeing as how you will be an offcier and your contract will be for a "volentary indefinate" term which is code for your ours until we don't want you any more. you would get 1500 dollars a year. Does that sound much like 5000 to anyone. its not.
    oh what about the GI bill you say? the GI bill is aprox 300 maybe a little more now for each month you are in school for a max of 36 months. if you are going full time, which means > 12 credits per sem. during some sem in nursing school and CRNA school you will feel like you are taking 30 credits whn infact its only 7. inorder to get the GI bill you would need to take extra bogus classes to get the full money.
    The bottom line is this.... all nobility and patrotisim aside! have you seen black hawk down, we were soldiers, platoon. Is there any amout of money they can give you that makes those situations sound entising. oh whats that.. youll be in a hospital away from the bullets; (I am allergic to bullets) right. every solider is an infantryman when push comes to shove. every soldier will walk a thousand miles when they are taken prisoner. set up tents pull kitchen duty and stay up all night watchig for fires. not to mention the company. most of the people in the army are otherwise unemployable (okay maybe thats a little strong) but think about it. many are there because they don't want to serve prison terms.
    ok thats eough if you want to know more just ask me wich you probably won't after this rant.

    wow...that's pretty objective.

    This thread may help:

    http://allnurses.com/forums/showthread.php?s=&threadid=31137
  14. by   dreamon
    Hi gotosleep, that link does not work, amybe you can do it again, or tell us how to get to it? Thanks!

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