I realize that this is a great source for feedback for potential CRNA students so I'm looking to see what others think.
I earned a 3.5 GPA in my previous bachelor's degree - didn't study at all, could have easily made it 4.0 but I didn't care at the time. That was 8 years ago. Then, I received a 3.5 or so in my nursing degree. Now, I have a 3.92 in my BSN (will be a 3.94 if I get an A in these last 3 courses ending in December). My GRE - 321 (approximately 1360 on the old scoring system) with a 5.0 writing. I have ACLS, PALS. No CCRN.
I have an interview at Pitt and York College so far (will hear from a third school in January/February). In the spring of 2013, I am going to be taking chemistry II, pharmacology, and biochemistry. I only registered because I did not think that I was going to be getting accepted, and I want to drastically improve my chances for next year. Now that I have received 2 interviews, I am pretty sure that I meet the qualifications. I have always viewed the application as applying for an interview, and then interview is the application for acceptance. I've read others that have thought the same thing.
My place of employment - CTICU in a large teaching hospital. Tons of vasoactive drips, ECMO, CRRT, balloon pumps, CABS, heart valve repairs, heart- and lung-transplant patients, Pulmonary Artery lines, arterial lines, mechanical ventilation, trachestomies, open chest. blah blah. I've been there 2 years.
Since I've been studying for the CCRN to prepare for interviews, should I bother taking it? And should I drop the classes in the spring? I don't mind too much on taking the courses, though I don't want to spend the money. Having more free time for a baby on the way would be helpful, too.
Thanks for any advice!