I currently work in inpatient psych and I really enjoy it. However I've recently been considering becoming a CRNA in the future. I know I'd have a ways to go before I can meet the prerequisites for CRNA school. I have a BSN, a 4.0 GPA, and all the science prereqs. What I obviously do NOT
have is critical care experience.
For critical care experience, I was thinking about transferring to the NICU (level IV) in a year. I know most schools
want adult ICU experience, so I would probably transfer to the adult ICU (cardiac surgery?) after a few years in NICU to gain that experience.
Would this be sufficient experience for CRNA school?
6 months Med-Surg/Tele
2 years Psych
*(I know M/S and psych experience aren't considered)
2 years NICU (level IV)
1 year Cardiac Surgery ICU
I know it's kind of a weird route to get to CRNA school, but I have a specific interest in NICU and want to gain experience there as well prior to adult ICU. I do plan to shadow a CRNA (and shadow in the NICU) prior to any of this. Hope this makes sense, I'd appreciate any insight you have for me!
Jun 9, '17
Thank you for your input! How much adult ICU experience did you have before CRNA school? Is one year enough?
ETA: I want to work a few more years before school to save up money so I don't have to worry/take out loans. I'd rather spend a majority of that time in the NICU rather than an adult ICU, although I'm not opposed to getting adult ICU experience towards the end when I get closer to applying for CRNA school (the light at the end of the tunnel
Last edit by Zyprexa on Jun 9, '17
Jul 23, '17
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