PACU or ED for CRNA - page 2

So I'm interested in being a CRNA, but I don't really like the ICU. I feel I could get the same experience with hemodynamics and vasoactive drips in PACU, as well as critical thinking, etc in the ED.... Read More

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    Well you're wrong that its not critical care,
    *** The question was about applying to CRNA school. In that context PACU and ED are not critical care.

    and you're wrong that ICU is required. In my research since my post I have found numerous programs that say they accept PACU and ED. The Cleveland clinic states ED and PACU are fine. U Michigan says ED is fine, etc. I just hoped to find more
    *** Is that what it says on their website or did you call them to get the most up to date information relitive to the COA changes?
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    *** Is that what it says on their website or did you call them to get the most up to date information relitive to the COA changes?[/QUOTE].

    The most recent COA papers say that one year critical care experience is required. They state to see the glossary for critical care definition, which states:

    Critical care experience – Critical care experience must be obtained in a critical care area within the United States, its territories, or a US military hospital outside of the United States. During this experience, the registered professional nurse is to have developed critical decision- making and psychomotor skills, competency in patient assessment, and the ability to use and interpret advanced monitoring techniques. A critical care area is defined as one where, on a routine basis, the registered professional nurse manages one or more of the following: invasive hemodynamic monitors (such as pulmonary artery catheter, CVP, arterial); cardiac assist devices; mechanical ventilation; and vasoactive drips. The critical care areas include intensive care units. Those who have experience in other areas may be considered provided they can demonstrate competence with invasive monitoring, ventilators, and critical care pharmacology. (+)
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    So no answer to my question. I guess that is understandable.

    The most recent COA papers say
    *** Ya, I know.

    The point is those who want to go to CRNA school should go to work in a critical care unit, not PACU or ER. Are there some schools that MIGHT consider non critical care areas like ER or PACU? Well it would seem so, or was so until recently. Why aim for the smallest percentage? Why place obsticals in the path to NA school? Why decrease the number of schools who would consider you?
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