I graduated with my BSN this past May. I moved to a new state and in August started working as a new grad in an ICU. Ever since I started my BSN program, I wanted to become a CRNA. I know that CRNA programs require a minimum of 1 year ICU experience. I'm not sure if I'm ready right now to apply since I am still in orientation and learning so much. But maybe as the year goes by, and by the time I have my one year experience, I'd be ready? So I should go ahead and apply now? This wouldn't even be an issue if I was younger, but I'm already in my mid-30's and I want to get this done as soon as possible. I'm holding off on having a family and settling down with my life until I reach my goal. So I don't know what to do. Is it even too late to apply now - I think most deadlines are in November, but have most schools already accepted students?
Can I ask you what schools these are that you have mentioned?
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I would say wait until next spring and then start applying. Most applications won't be due until sometime next year if you are looking to start in the fall of 2006. That is what I did. I graduated in May, got into an ICU orientation by July and applied the following spring. I got into the school i most wanted and the first one i interviewed with but i also was granted interviews at 4 other schools that i turned down. So it can be done and if this is what you want i say go for it. My recommendation is to get through orientation. soak up all the knowledge your preceptors have to offer and work hard on the unit. Also, take continueing ed classes if they are available in your area. I took advanced hemodynamics, pharm for the ICU, 12-lead and balloon-pump. This shows your desire to continue to learn and improves your knowledge base for your interview. Plus you want to work on the unit for at least 6-8 months before anyone can properly give you a recommendation that you want to send to the schools. Best of luck.
Last edit by thunderpal on Oct 2, '05