RN to CRNA - which road? - page 2

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  1. Visit  suppaduppaCNA profile page
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    Hey there,

    I'm starting from scratch too and CRNA is my goal. Do ADN/RN get hired in the ICU?? If so, after how many years of experience?Because if that is the case I will have no regret going for my ADN first..
    Also I don't know if RN to BSN students look as good as straight BSN applicants to CRNA schools. What do you think?

    CRNA Schools are very competitive, so I'd like to be the best candidate I can possibly be!

    Thanks

    Suppa
  2. Visit  detroitdano profile page
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    The absolute quickest route is ADN, get hired in ICU, start online BSN program the semester after graduating with ADN, get your year in, sit for CCRN/take GRE, then apply for MSN or MS. You need accrued patient care hours for the CCRN, I can't recall the exact figure.

    I think you honestly need two years of ICU experience before school. If you get your ADN, work a year then apply to school, you'll have that two years by the time you leave for school.

    I have two buddies going the exact route aforementioned right now. Not a bad way to do it, it's what I would have done if I knew anesthesia was where I wanted to end up, but I went in to a university with no idea what I was gonna do.

    As far as schools viewing your ADN to online BSN versus a straight BSN differently, I'm not sure what they think. I think schools would be more concerned about your clinical expertise and if you've got your ducks in a row versus how you eventually came to be eligible to apply.
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  3. Visit  suppaduppaCNA profile page
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    Thanks for the reply detroitdano.
  4. Visit  dah doh profile page
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    You need to try to get a few years experience in a larger ICU preferably a trauma center. Get your CCRN and TNCC. Also work on committees and get to know the CCU Intensivists so they will write you letters of recommendation. As for ADN versus BSN, it depends on the hospitals in your area. If they are Magnet or trying to go Magnet, get your BSN. Otherwise, you can get hired with an ADN, and get your BSN as you are working.
  5. Visit  PMFB-RN profile page
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    Just FYI you can't be qualifed to apply to any CRNA school with a masters degree unless you also have a bachelors degree. For example a nurse who does and ADN to MSN program would not be elligable to apply to CRNA school. All CRNA schools must require a bachelors degree.
    That said I have known people to go to CRNA school with bachelors degrees in forestry, dairy science, all the hard sciences, music and english.
    My other avice is to keep your plan to go to anesthesia school a secret. ICU nurse managers hate losing RNs just at the point they are starting to become useful to the unit. I have known more than one ICU nurse manager go so far as to call your nursing school instructors and ask if a potential hire ever talked about going to CRNA school.
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  6. Visit  TheBlackDogWaits profile page
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    Quote from PMFB-RN
    Just FYI you can't be qualifed to apply to any CRNA school with a masters degree unless you also have a bachelors degree. For example a nurse who does and ADN to MSN program would not be elligable to apply to CRNA school. All CRNA schools must require a bachelors degree. That said I have known people to go to CRNA school with bachelors degrees in forestry, dairy science, all the hard sciences, music and english. My other avice is to keep your plan to go to anesthesia school a secret. ICU nurse managers hate losing RNs just at the point they are starting to become useful to the unit. I have known more than one ICU nurse manager go so far as to call your nursing school instructors and ask if a potential hire ever talked about going to CRNA school.
    Thank you. This is great advice. I would love to think I might be in a ccu for a min of two-three years before I'd consider applying to a CRNA program, but I do have a bad habit of getting ahead of myself. That said, I will keep my mouth shut based on this, and other, advice RE my goals. The more I read here, the more I am beginning to understand the need for familiarity and personal experience in cc. I like to be very comfortable with processes before moving on. Thank you all for your guidance. I will make a million mental notes...
  7. Visit  suppaduppaCNA profile page
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    I started volunteering in an ICU a few months ago and I am looking forward to get a job as a Care Partner/Nurse Tech in an ICU while in Nursing School so that I can increase my chances to land a job in a Critical Care Dept upon graduation. I really like the working environment, nurse to pt ratio etc...I definitely see myself working in an ICU rather than Med-Surg. I wouldn't mind working there for up to 5 years.
    Beside the ICU experience which is a requirement for CRNA School, I want to know every little thing that makes a candidate outstanding (such as shadowing exp.). Does the school where you get your BSN from matters?
    I would like to work extensively on and publish one of my research paper because I read somewhere that CRNA schools love that. Should I bother? what do you think?
    @ dah doh: Thanks. What kind of committees are you referring to? Do you mean any Leadership Role or Nursing associations like committees
    @PMFB-RN: Thanks for sharing that precious info.
    @StudentEtc: Darn! I already told some of the ICU Nurses about my future project... I never heard of AAH before. May I ask you what state you're in? How was your first semester in NS?
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    Awesome!

    Thank you
  10. Visit  TheBlackDogWaits profile page
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    Quote from suppaduppaCNA
    I started volunteering in an ICU a few months ago and I am looking forward to get a job as a Care Partner/Nurse Tech in an ICU while in Nursing School so that I can increase my chances to land a job in a Critical Care Dept upon graduation. I really like the working environment, nurse to pt ratio etc...I definitely see myself working in an ICU rather than Med-Surg. I wouldn't mind working there for up to 5 years.Beside the ICU experience which is a requirement for CRNA School, I want to know every little thing that makes a candidate outstanding (such as shadowing exp.). Does the school where you get your BSN from matters?I would like to work extensively on and publish one of my research paper because I read somewhere that CRNA schools love that. Should I bother? what do you think?@ dah doh: Thanks. What kind of committees are you referring to? Do you mean any Leadership Role or Nursing associations like committees@PMFB-RN: Thanks for sharing that precious info.@StudentEtc: Darn! I already told some of the ICU Nurses about my future project... I never heard of AAH before. May I ask you what state you're in? How was your first semester in NS?
    AAH aka Associate of Allied Health, which I'm sure is generic enough to be legit across the board, but maybe I'm wrong. I'm in New Orleans, La. I'm currently in my first semester of nursing school. Try not to laugh too hard... it's been a theme here for students; sad, but true. May I ask what you did as a volunteer in the ICU? I've read about that here before, and unfortunately was laughed at about that as well when I recycled it for advice. This f'ing site can be brutal and unforgiving to a fault sometimes. Anyway, yes, I would love to know how you spent your time volunteering in an ICU. Thank you kindly!
  11. Visit  suppaduppaCNA profile page
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    Actually, It's a kind of internship program for pre-med students at a University Hospital. The goal is to help out the staff which in return answer your questions and let you watch the procedures. You get to interact with the doctors, RNs and of course the Care partners. Many Residents/MD have been through this program before the University's Med school, therefore they are really aproachable as you remind them who they used to be once...lol.
    What I do? - Lots of clerk work on a down time answering call lights, phone calls and assisting visitors, Pass out lab work, fill out the carts and do errands for the Nurses...(yes! I can go back and forth to decontamination, central supply and Nutrition close to 10x on a shift lol)..So far, I have seen procedures such as ArcticSun, Laryngoscopy, a Gastro MD Fixing GI bleeding live, Lumbar puncture...
    (Please excuse my spelling errors ). Off course I am not allowed to be directly involve during the procedures but hey, for a newbee like me It's amazing to see a bunch of doctors running whenever there is a code blue..lol. I can't wait to come back when I leave and I wich I could stay longuer. The doctors are amazing and the Nurses are incredible.

    Suppa
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  12. Visit  missnurse01 profile page
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    Quote from suppaduppaCNA
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    Beside the ICU experience which is a requirement for CRNA School, I want to know every little thing that makes a candidate outstanding (such as shadowing exp.). Does the school where you get your BSN from matters?
    I would like to work extensively on and publish one of my research paper because I read somewhere that CRNA schools love that. Should I bother? what do you think?
    @ dah doh: Thanks. What kind of committees are you referring to? Do you mean any Leadership Role or Nursing associations like committees
    Read here and other sites about info they like to see. Getting published is great, know many that have gotten into school and no one has done this. Take grad level sciences after your bachelors they will like that better.

    Committees like unit based or hosp based. Clinical practice shared leadership etc. When u get a job you will see. I did system wide code blue.

    I would say where you do rn to bsn doesn't matter , although I personally would only go if they also had a brick and morter bsn program as well. I did online and was accepted.

    Good luck
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    Thanks for your input missnurse. May I ask you why do you prefer the brick and mortar system?


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