Hello all...to tell you about myself first. I'd like to apply to CRNA school this upcoming summer. I need to get some things done in the mean time which is why I am here...advice and suggestions. To start, I need to take the GRE's. I was never a solid standardized test taker and stunk on the SAT's so that kinda worries me. What prep course would you all recommend? I have it narrowed down to princeton review and kaplan. Any thoughts?? Second, this question is for those people who went back to CRNA school with undergrad loans still to pay. How can you consolidate all your debt into one loan? I have no expertise in the areas of finance and loans so please someone help me out... I still have about 40-45k in undergrad student loans and on a RN salary, this would take quite some time. Third. I do not have my CCRN, is it really a deal breaker?? If I did get my CCRN it would be in peds critical care...would this even be worth it? Fourth..If I relocate because of school, is there a way to get money in your loans to pay for cost of living etc etc. ? Fifth. Chances... My experience and grades are as follows.
Graduated from a major state university
3.61 overall GPA. A's and B's in all sciences, no C's on my transcript.
2 years pediatric ICU experience level 1 trauma center.
6 months exp on a level 1 peds trauma center transport team in FL (left job and returned home due to family members health)
When I apply will be almost 9 months ER experience.
Also fixed wing flight nurse (per diem)
BLS, ACLS, PALS
Was thinking about becoming a PALS instructor and possibly getting my CCRN to strengthen my application. Any thoughts, advice and suggestions are greatly appreciated!!!
Jan 30, '12
Thanks for the info! I do not have adult ICU experience but have 2 years peds, flight RN and now adult ER experience. I plan on applying to programs around the Pittsburgh area and Pitt definitely accepts peds icu. The main reason I am torn on the CCRN is because I would obviously take the peds exam and don't know if it would be as valuable as having adult CCRN. I have no idea why people are skeptical about peds ICU because I belieive it is def more challenging. The adult-kid world is way different especially in critical care. In peds you have lots of very unstable transplant patients, head injuries/trauma etc (not to say that his can't happen in adults but kids deteriorate very quickly) and weight based medication doses with a good bit of simple math, yet math none the less involved. I must say it is very convenient to just push an amp in adult codes.
This is not meant to say that adult critical care isn't as difficult because it certainly is. Peds-Adult critical care are just very two different venues. In my honest opinion, if you can care for a child, you can easily care for an adult. I'm not sure I can say the same vice versa.
Last edit by SteelCity_RN on Jan 30, '12