I have heard several SRNAs and CRNAs who said they tried NP school and were bored to tears. Could someone elaborate on this? Is it because you study mostly theory in NP school? Is it nursing research, or do you have to take nursing research in CRNA school, too?
How are you more challenged in CRNA school than in NP school?
Oct 6, '09
Harder sciences (Gross anatomy, medical physiology, adv. pharm, anesthesia pharm, etc). Class load/course difficultly typically does not allow for part time work so it feels more challenging. More clinical hours. Research is in CRNA school, but it's in every master's program.
Oct 14, '09
Im currently in an FNP program and am considering CRNA... Im in my third semester and I cannot wait to be done. I have been working as an ER nurse for three years and have found that much of the information that we cover I am already familiar with because we treat such a broad range of illness in the ER. (Not to say that I "know it all" because I have learned a great deal from my instructors, Im just not as interested in studying the topics because most of it I am familiar with or I can figure it out)
My assessment instructor actually failed me on my final practicum (a head to toe assessment) and made me repeat it with the director of the program (who said she didnt understand why I had to repeat in the first place) because she said I went through it too fast; yet she couldnt name a single thing that I did incorrectly or omitted from my assessment.
I dont feel like the program is challenging at all and a great deal of it seems like busy work. Im looking to be in a field that will not only give me the autonomy and challenge that I want but also not be so monotonous as Im afraid ear infections, UTIs and abdominal pain day in and day out for the rest of my life would be...
Oct 15, '09
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Im looking to be in a field that will not only give me the autonomy and challenge that I want but also not be so monotonous as Im afraid ear infections, UTIs and abdominal pain day in and day out for the rest of my life would be...
Exactly why I couldn't be an FNP. Granted, anesthesia can be boring too if that's what you choose. I don't plan on taking that route... at least not until I'm nearing retirement!
Oct 16, '09
FNP programs are all about primary care; some people love this chance to be in a primary care setting where there is more time to deal with disease prevention. For the "adrenalin junkie" who loves trauma and critical care, the OR and CRNA settings/roles are more exciting.
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