RN to CRNA - which road?

  1. 0 Hello, all! I am new to this forum, new to nursing in general, and still trying to figure out where to post, so bear with me if you see duplicates. This site has been a tremendous tool in garnering different perspectives about the roles of nursing, as I am just a student at this point. I would eventually love to work in anesthesia, despite the many who love to tell me my mind will change during the course of my education and experiences, and I am quite aware that this is a possibility. In the event that I stay on course, however, I am interested to know some of your experiences regarding the path you chose for your education. I am currently enrolled in an ASN program. The direction I move in gets fuzzy at my graduation point: Do I bridge RN to BSN? RN to MSN? Is there a bridge program for RN to MSN specialties? I am in my early 30's now. I've been reading a lot about experience being key to the process, which should be a no-brainer. However, is there room for exceptions to the rule? Obviously, I can't get into certain programs unless I have the experience requirements. My curiosity is more about credibility with peers, colleagues, etc. I'd like to hear about those of you who've made it through online programs, as well as traditional programs (read: online RN to BSN programs, as I know that's not an option for MSN specialties). Regards, tml
  2. Visit  TheBlackDogWaits profile page

    About TheBlackDogWaits

    Joined Sep '12; Posts: 154; Likes: 153.

    67 Comments so far...

  3. Visit  naptime14 profile page
    1
    Quote from tmlegros
    Hello, all! I am new to this forum, new to nursing in general, and still trying to figure out where to post, so bear with me if you see duplicates. This site has been a tremendous tool in garnering different perspectives about the roles of nursing, as I am just a student at this point. I would eventually love to work in anesthesia, despite the many who love to tell me my mind will change during the course of my education and experiences, and I am quite aware that this is a possibility. In the event that I stay on course, however, I am interested to know some of your experiences regarding the path you chose for your education. I am currently enrolled in an ASN program. The direction I move in gets fuzzy at my graduation point: Do I bridge RN to BSN? RN to MSN? Is there a bridge program for RN to MSN specialties? I am in my early 30's now. I've been reading a lot about experience being key to the process, which should be a no-brainer. However, is there room for exceptions to the rule? Obviously, I can't get into certain programs unless I have the experience requirements. My curiosity is more about credibility with peers, colleagues, etc. I'd like to hear about those of you who've made it through online programs, as well as traditional programs (read: online RN to BSN programs, as I know that's not an option for MSN specialties). Regards, tml
    My advice would be to finish your ASN and then apply to work as an RN in the ICU. You can get your work experience while finishing your BSN online. I took the traditional path (normal 4 year BSN), but I have worked w/ many nurses that had their 2 year degree and finished their BSN online while working in the ICU. You can also have enough critical care hours to sit for your CCRN exam. This exam will most likely be a requirement for most CRNA programs. And I think you have to be an ICU nurse for atleast one year until you can sit for the CCRN exam. In my opinion, doing an RN to MSN path would not be worth the time and effort if pursuing anesthesia. I took quite a bit of Master's level courses before starting CRNA school and only 3 classes transferred. Don't get me wrong, I think education is important, so why not work on the RN to MSN, but it will take you longer to get to your goal of anesthesia. Also, shadowing a CRNA is very important to do before making your final decision. Good luck!
    TheBlackDogWaits likes this.
  4. Visit  RNpearls1908 profile page
    1
    If you already have a bachelors degree in a health or science field some programs will accept u with that degree plus ur RN license (ADN) and a min 1-2 years in ICU provided you have a good GPA n etc. That's the right I'm taking. I also say take a few grad level courses to show u can handle grad level coursework like advanced pharm,patho, organic chem, things along those lines
    TheBlackDogWaits likes this.
  5. Visit  TheBlackDogWaits profile page
    0
    I was going to finish up my first semester, then apply for a tech job so that i would have my foot in the door by the time the program is over, in order to get an RN position in any cc unit.Are you telling me, though, that I don't have to have a master's degree to apply to a CRNA program? I thought that was a requirement... so glad we are having this conversation!
  6. Visit  TheBlackDogWaits profile page
    0
    I have my Allied Health degree already, but that is just an AAH.
  7. Visit  RNpearls1908 profile page
    0
    Certain CRNA programs require either a BSN or a BS in a health related field and ur RN licenses (ADN). One in particular is Rush university. It's just simple research to look up
  8. Visit  RNpearls1908 profile page
    0
    When u graduate from a CRNA program your awarded either a MSN or DNP so there's no need to get a masters beforehand unless u just want one to have one
  9. Visit  TheBlackDogWaits profile page
    0
    Thanks, mayahp22....I was looking into it at a local university in Louisiana, and I guess the way the programs are listed, I just assumed the order was dictated by -- I dunno, I am not sure why I even assumed. I appreciate you taking the time.
  10. Visit  RNpearls1908 profile page
    0
    No problem its all about research but once again some programs require a BSN n some do not just like finding a job in the hospital. It's at the discretion of the school.
  11. Visit  RNpearls1908 profile page
    0
    Is your AAH degree a bachelors degree?
  12. Visit  TheBlackDogWaits profile page
    0
    no, Associate of Allied Health
  13. Visit  RNpearls1908 profile page
    0
    Oh ok well in that case you more than likely will need a BSN if u don't have a previous bachelors degree. But like what the other poster said getting a MSN is useless n a waste of money if u want to 100% be a CRNA. Shadowing can also help answer a lot of ur questions. Pick the brains of those that have made it.
  14. Visit  naptime14 profile page
    1
    No, you do not need a Master's to be accepted into a CRNA program. You must get your BSN and have ICU experience, take your GRE (or MAT at some schools) and shadow a CRNA. You will have a Master's degree once graduated from a CRNA program (at some schools, it is now becoming a Doctorate degree). I think it would be a great idea for you to become a Tech/ Nursing Assistant in an ICU (Surgical ICU will give you the most exposure to anesthesia people.....and you can get references from them too once ready to apply). My last year of my BSN, I worked as a student nurse tech in a large teaching hospital (Surgical ICU) and was then hired as an RN there. Worked as a nurse here for 5.5 years and am now in CRNA school.
    ICUman likes this.

Need Help Searching For Someone's Comment? Enter your keywords in the box below and we will display any comment that matches your keywords.



Nursing Jobs in every specialty and state. Visit today and find your dream job.

A Big Thank You To Our Sponsors
Top
close
close