youngest SRNA - page 2

by blee1 | 4,022 Views | 15 Comments

how old was the youngest SRNA/RRNA youve seen? just curious cus a friend of mine will be applying when hes about 23. ill be applying when im about 25. both of us will have a atleast 2yrs in a busy cvicu. i notice many... Read More


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    If I get in, I'll start my CRNA schooling at the ripe old age of 46. I admire and encourage you younger people to go for it. I wish I had done this in my 20's but I lacked the focus I have now. I personally know several younger nurses who are heading in this direction and they do not lack focus!

    I think success in any field depends on the energy you are willing to give it. If you have the drive, then do it. Don't let anything stop you. You will never regret it.

    Just a comment on the age of current CRNAs. I worry that I won't be a competitive candidate because schools will be looking to educate younger people to counter balance the aging of the current CRNAs. When I graduate, I'll be 48 and just starting out. I hope to enjoy at least 15 years in the field.
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    Many are seasoned ICU nurses that decided to go onto something else. And use all of the previous experience that they have acquired to go onto other things. The position of being a CRNA actually comes with an extreme amount of responsibility, more than some are even aware of until later on.
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    Quote from heartICU
    I applied when I was 23 and began the program at 24.
    Me too heartICU. I'm now 25, and there is a girl in my class who is 24. Most people in my class are in their early to mid 30's though. My age didn't even phase me until I started clinicals, and I got a few comments about how I'm still a "baby". One or two of my patients have commented on how young I look as well. My thought is that it's much better to do CRNA school while you're young-- I'll have more time to pay off all those student loans that are accumulating!! Also I am single and I only have to worry about taking care of myself and my dog, which is difficult enough at times. I am glad I did it now instead of waiting, but I do think you have to be highly motivated.
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    I applied when i was 23 and am now 24 and have been in Anesthesia school for a little over a month now. I dont think i am at a disadvantage because i only have 2 years experience. I am mature enough to know all the work that needs to be put in a program of this nature. Many of my friends are still partying every night and are going to work on 3 hours of sleep. They dont understand that I am unable to perform competently under those circumstances. I guess my point is that if you are mature enough at a young age and are ready for the challenges ahead then you will be just fine in an anesthesia program. Just obtain you ICU experience at a large hospital where you will learn alot in a short period of time.

    -TNT
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    Quote from TNTsunflower
    I applied when i was 23 and am now 24 and have been in Anesthesia school for a little over a month now. I dont think i am at a disadvantage because i only have 2 years experience. I am mature enough to know all the work that needs to be put in a program of this nature. Many of my friends are still partying every night and are going to work on 3 hours of sleep. They dont understand that I am unable to perform competently under those circumstances. I guess my point is that if you are mature enough at a young age and are ready for the challenges ahead then you will be just fine in an anesthesia program. Just obtain you ICU experience at a large hospital where you will learn alot in a short period of time.

    -TNT
    Well said, very well said!! :spin:
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    Your average SRNA class will have a mixture of 20's,30's,and 40's. My best friend was 22 when he applied and started at 24 a couple months into the program, I was 24 when I applied and 25 when I started with him, there were several 24-29 year olds in our class. There are quite a few young 30's and some in their 40's. Because some of us are hearing about the nurse anesthesia program earlier, we can focus our studies and make a plan to start school earlier. It makes you even more determined to start anesthesia school. Years ago, many nursing students and nurses didn't even know about anesthesia, had a family, and then decided to go. Everyone has to feel comfortable at that point in their life to dedicate the amount of time needed. When you're young, you just want to continue your education until you're finished. I had 3 years of ICU experience before I started, worked in a very busy and autonomous CVSICU, so I was very prepared.
    PatMac10,RN likes this.


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