Will CRNA programs except ED experience?

  1. Hello,

    I have done a bit of research and considered the possibilities of going to CRNA school in the future and I am just wondering if programs will generally except ED experience for critical care experience? I have seen a few programs that have specifically stated in their requirements that they DONT except ED and your experience must be in ICU but I am not sure if this is typical.
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    Nurse Practitioner; from US
    Specialty: 6 year(s) of experience in ICU, CVICU, Surgical, LTAC

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  3. by   RenoSRNA
    I was accepted this year but applied last year to a few programs with only ED expierence. From what i have figured out most programs will not accept ED as critical care expierence. What i was told is that there is not enough exposure to drips and titrations in their opinion. I had to switch to a CICU/CSU.
  4. by   Summitk2
    Quote from Angel_RN_1
    Hello,

    I have done a bit of research and considered the possibilities of going to CRNA school in the future and I am just wondering if programs will generally except ED experience for critical care experience? I have seen a few programs that have specifically stated in their requirements that they DONT except ED and your experience must be in ICU but I am not sure if this is typical.
    I haven't heard of any school that will accept ONLY ED experience. Several of my classmates have worked in the ED at one point (which I think would be beneficial), but also have solid ICU experience.
  5. by   AbeFrohman
    That depends on if you want to be excepted to CRNA or accepted to CRNA school. There are some school that accept ED only experience. Which ones? No clue. Gotta just read the web sites.
  6. by   murse04
    Florida Hospital College in Orlando excepts ER experience on a case by case basis but it has to be froma Level I trauma center.
  7. by   natbug
    The reason schools prefer ICU, CCU, CVICU etc. is that there is greater exposure to and management of PA catheters, vents, and vasoactive drips.
  8. by   AbeFrohman
    ER experience is just as good (if not better sometimes depending on the ER). PA catheters are going the way of the dodo (studies have been unable to prove better outcomes), ventilators are easy, and do a little OT in the ICU if you REALLY must see the long term effects of gtts in the ICU.

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