Quote from nola04
I am currently seeking to become a nurse with a long term goal of becoming a CRNA. I currently have a BA in another science related field and am not sure if I should pursue an ADN to get my foot in the door and then work my way to a BSN in an accelerated program in Dallas, TX.
My second question is a little sensitive and I hope that I will not offend anyone.
My friend and I were taking about our long term goals in nursing and two nursing professors over heard our conversation about wanting to pursue CRNA. The two professors immediately starting telling us how competitive and challenging it is to get into a CRNA program. She also began tellling us how this is the most stressful area in nursing and that most nurses lose their license in this area. <snip>
From what I've seen, a lot of CRNA programs require a BSN, though some might accept you with the Associates + plenty of experience. I'm going for the accelerated BSN, and have been accepted at the University of Cincinnati.
Look at the wait list time for ADN programs in your area. Here in the Dayton, OH area, there's a 2-3 year wait list to even start the 2+ year nursing program. So 4-5 years down the road, you'd be starting out as a nurse. Add another 2-3 years to complete your BSN, and you're looking at a lot of years.
With the accelerated programs, you'd have your BSN in a bit over a year. Yes, the programs have set challenging standards for admission, but it's doable.
It sounds like the nursing profs have a hidden agenda
in telling you what they did. Yes, from what I read, getting into a CRNA program is very difficult, and you've got to have a good GPA, good GRE scores, good interviewing skills, and a good background in nursing. OK, and their point is???
Yes, I'm sure that CRNA practice is stressful. So what. Deal with it by knowing your stuff (and being willing to ask for help when needed). So "most nurses lose their license in this area", huh? I guess that's why so many people (such as you & I) are attracted to it in the first place, huh? It must just be that the CRNA programs attract people who are slackers, sloppy, don't have their patients' well-being in mind, and just don't know what they're doing. Uh-huh. Not like exalted nursing professors, who always know what they're doing, treat their students with respect, and are willing to "go the extra mile" to help you out. Right?
If you want to do it, then do it. Research into your choices, decide what's best and "doable" for you, then do it.