Too late to become a CRNA? - page 3

I have been at my current job for 16 years and am 34 years old. I recently decided to go back to school to complete my associates degree. (I only have 9 credit hours completed). I have a looong... Read More

  1. by   91CRN
    Hello,this is my first post I have some pretty specific questions for any of you practicing CRNAs out there. So, if I may, here is some information about myself. I am 45 years of age. I have been a practicing RN in CA since my ETS date from the Army in 1989. As a 91C I practiced in ICU and SICU--high acuity with a lot of responsibility balloon pumps LVADs etc. After leaving the Army I practiced in MICU/CVICU for a short time and then did case-management. It was an easier schedule/lifestyle for me professionally, allowing me to concentrate on raising my kids. I have been working in a very busy albeit low acuity, (in my opinion anyway--my colleagues would kill me for saying so!), E.D. for the last 7 years. I rarely work with vasoactive drips, and almost never need to intubate anyone etc.--my colleagues marvel at my kharma in that I almost never see any action in the way of codes--my pts always seem to do well--DARN (obviously kidding folks--no hate mail please). We were a trauma center when I started and then were downgraded to an EDAT 2 yrs ago. I'm not complaining--just outlining that although I have a lot of ICU experience; it's not all that recent and I don't think that anyone interviewing me for a CRNA program would consider my E.D. high acuity. I have had all kinds of certifications for years, TNCC, PALS, ACLS, MICN. I want to just hit the books and finish my BSN so I can apply to CRNA programs. I'm not getting any younger. I've wanted to do this for years and I really FEEL like time is of the essence. I am taking physics, o-chem and stuff like that as the electives for my BSN so I will have those bases covered--also math classes. I hope to finish in 1.5 years OR SO. I'm finishing thru Excelsior College so it's basically up to me. OK, here are my questions. Based on the BIO. Do you think that where I get my BSN matters?--I have about a 3.75 so far and think I can keep it? Do you think that I need to go back into the ICU for a year (which would seriously slow down the BSN progress)? Do you have any information on the school in WV-Charleston? I can't find their pass-rates so if anyone out there is a graduate from their program I would surely love to hear from you. Other programs I'm thinking of are UNC- Greensboro, DUKE, Raleigh, NC, possibly Samuel Merritt here in Northern California. I am thinking WV because they accept the E.D. as critical care and I REALLY don't want to work anymore. I just want to get thru school as quickly as possible. Any comments/ kind spirited/informed advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank so much in advance.