Starting at a Community College.. - page 2

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Hey all, I am about to start my journey into nursing school, and I have a few questions about becoming a CRNA. I already have a Bachelor's Degree from a 4 year school (double majored in graphic design and marketing..) and I... Read More


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    Currently in CRNA school here. I started off as a LVN->ADN->BSN. I found my ADN program to be more family friendly as it had day and evening classes. My LVN prog was pretty strict 8-4 m-f mostly. I did my bsn online while getting RN experience (Tele), applied to CRNA school after 1 year ICU. LVN, ADN, and many classes completed at community college.... so it is possible, good luck.
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    For those of you in CRNA program or that have completed it, did you work as a nurse during the program? Why is the ICU ideal to work in before CRNA school? Also, I read that my program will cost around $48,000, did you guys save up or get loans? I'm just trying to find out as much information about CRNA school as possible.
    Out of my class of almost 30 students, I think I am the only one working occasionally (on holidays). There really is no possible way to work. You should expect to be in the operating room and studying anywhere from 75 to 90 hours per week. This leaves no time for a job. I've been in the CRNA program for almost 5 months now and I've only worked 4 times in 5 months. And I will tell you, the money isn't really worth the stress of going back to work and stressing yourself over having to be there. And all programs have a different cost, but $48,000 is probably about average. Most just take out federal graduate student loans or private loans to pay for tuition and cost of living (since you can't work).

    And to answer your question as to why the ICU is ideal to work before CRNA school.........You will care for very critical patients in the ICU. Patients that are on multiple vasoactive drips, patients with multiple co-morbidities and patients on different life support devices. Taking care of patients on ventilators is a very important part of anesthesia (managing airway). You learn how to be vigilent when watching their monitors and watching their hemodynamics and vitals change (and not just BP and HR.....CVP, PAP, PCWP, etc), treating abnormal labs and understanding why you are doing the things you are doing. You have to know what to do when things change (and change fast). You learn to be a little more calm and collected when crap hits the fan. Working in the ICU will give you the basic pathophysiology of the advanced physiology that you will learn in CRNA school. There are many other reasons why the ICU is required to get into CRNA school, but this post would go on for a while.
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    Thank you for thoroughly answering my questions. I also wanted to ask about having a family and being in a CRNA program. Is it doable? I have 3 small kids and I'm about to start my BSN nursing program. Are there people in your class with similar situations? I'm worried that I would miss out on my kids childhood. I'm wondering if the NP program is a little less demanding and possibly better for someone in my position...
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    I have about 5 people in my class that have families and 2 to 3 children. I can't speak for them because I don't have children, but they are getting through it just fine. It is a huge lifestyle change for a few years, but if CRNA is your ultimate goal, it is achieveable and worth it in the end. I think the biggest thing with the people that have kids in the program is having a great support system with their spouse and other family members. If you haven't already, I would shadow a CRNA and then an NP to get an idea of just how different these types of careers are (also, the salary difference is quite different as well). Good luck!
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    Thank you again for taking the time to reply, I really appreciate it. Best of luck to you in your career!
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    I am about to start crna school in aug. I did the lvn adn bsn route. It took a long time w family and being the sole income earner for most of that time. It takes hard work and perseverance. You have to keep your eyes on the prize. We also home school the kids. We will have my fiance remain the stay at home dad. He knows that he will mostly be a single parent for 27 months. Yes you will miss a lot, maybe only see the family an hour a day. It is the price you pay for crna school. If you feel that being an np would be more rewarding for you then make sure ypu shadow both to make your eventual decision.

    Good luck

    Oh and I took nearly all my sciences at the community college. Except what was required for my bsn - pathophys and pharm
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    Thank you! Good luck, you will do great!


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