Quote from Somei
I don't know about the acceptance rate at UMD, but I can tell you that you cannot trade anything for EXPERIENCE! I am in my second year of CRNA school; I worked in critical care for 10 years prior to applying to CRNA school. I have seen students in my class and heard of students in previous years with "minimum critical care" experience struggle when it came to the clinical portion of the program. I am not saying that you need 10 years. But truly, that first year in critical care is an orientation period... you don't know "jack" about much of anything... you are just beginning to get organized as an RN and start putting the pieces together at the end of that year.
As you know, being a CRNA is a HUGE responsiblity, having good assessment skills and gut instinct that comes with experience is priceless.
I also find that most CRNA's during your clinical rotation don't have as much "respect" for those who did the "minimum" just to get accepted into CRNA school. Most CRNA's I have worked with feel the "minimum" should be 5 years experience.
Experience truly is the best teacher. Good luck in your journey!
I agree with Somei,
I have been a nurse for 10 years with expereince ranging from Med-surg to critical care, and still find many things difficult in clincals. My class expereince ranges from 2 yr- 25 yrs. ( the average is about 4-7 yrs).
I agree, the 1st yr in ICU...what have you learned? Your just getting your feet wet, learning time management skills, understanding the vent, learning pressors, ect... After one yr ( total nursing), i dont understand how one feels strong enough to start anesthesia school.
I too have seen so many students struggle clinically with the basics ( medications, concepts that an experienced nurse should be familiar with, and simply inserting IVs).
I think its does them a disservice rushing into school after one yr..Im not saying it cant be done successfully...but whats the rush. Learn a little more on the units, take sick patients, pick the brains of the seasoned nurses.
One of my friends in my class worked PEDS ICU for 1 yr ( total time as a nurse -4 yrs)...she is struggling so much in clinicals, she doesnt know alot of meds used for adults, the school sent her to IV thearpy workshop because she was getting substandard evaluations on IV insertions,).
Again, many people have successfully completed school and did well. Yes, the school teaches you everything you need to know....but truly...a little longer than a yr will only HELP you and your patients!
my two cents: