BSN at WGU to CRNA. - page 2

I was wondering if anyone that has obtained their BSN at WGU was having trouble getting into a CRNA program. From what I have been researching most CRNA programs focus heavily on your BSN GPA, and... Read More

  1. Visit  RNpearls1908} profile page
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    Yea I couldn't live in a rural area I'm a city girl lol. But still kudos to your success.
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    Yea I couldn't live in a rural area I'm a city girl lol. But still kudos to your success.
    Fiar enough but take me advice. Keep your desire to go to CRNA school to yourself unless you already have a good job in a high aquiety ICU. ICU nurse managers often hate to lose their nurses to anesthesia school and will go out of their way to NOT hire those who want to go.
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    Fiar enough but take me advice. Keep your desire to go to CRNA school to yourself unless you already have a good job in a high aquiety ICU. ICU nurse managers often hate to lose their nurses to anesthesia school and will go out of their way to NOT hire those who want to go.
    Yea that's what I've heard. Thanks for the advice. Do you suggest any classes to take to make your application competitive like biochem or any other grad level coursework?
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    Yea that's what I've heard. Thanks for the advice. Do you suggest any classes to take to make your application competitive like biochem or any other grad level coursework?
    I really struggled with physics and wished I had taken an entry level class before attempting aneshthesia school. I wouldn't have taken it for credit but just to get some background. As for grad classes I would just pick one that sounds difficult from the program you wish to attend so that is counts twords your degree and lightens your load while in the program. Getting accepted is no big deal. In fact I have never known anyone who applied and didn't get accepted, though I have known a few who had to apply twice.
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    Yea I figured later on before applying I should take some "hard sciences". Since the last time I took some was in undergrad n that was organic chem. But thanks for the advice appreciate it
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    I really struggled with physics and wished I had taken an entry level class before attempting aneshthesia school. I wouldn't have taken it for credit but just to get some background. As for grad classes I would just pick one that sounds difficult from the program you wish to attend so that is counts twords your degree and lightens your load while in the program. Getting accepted is no big deal. In fact I have never known anyone who applied and didn't get accepted, though I have known a few who had to apply twice.
    Oh I think u said this before but do you honestly think its necessary to get a BSN before applying? I already have a BS in health and human performance n currently getting my ADN. I really don't want to pay for another bachelors unless I need to
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    Oh I think u said this before but do you honestly think its necessary to get a BSN before applying? I already have a BS in health and human performance n currently getting my ADN. I really don't want to pay for another bachelors unless I need to
    Some programs, usully those based in big university schools of nursing require a BSN. Other schools don't. As I mentioned I have known people to get accepted to CRNA school with a wide variety of degrees. Certainly any degree in a hard science seems to be no problem. It all depends on the school and how they look at it. Before I wasted time and money getting a BSN I would apply with what you have and see what happens. I got a BSN simply cause I didn't have a degree and the BSN was by far the easiest and cheapest degree for me to get.
    FWIW before anesthesia school I had never taken a chemistry class or any science class except microbiology at a community college. While challenging the CRNA program was doable for me, though I did have to seek some tutoring for some of the chemistry and physics.
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    Quote from IndiCRNA

    Some programs, usully those based in big university schools of nursing require a BSN. Other schools don't. As I mentioned I have known people to get accepted to CRNA school with a wide variety of degrees. Certainly any degree in a hard science seems to be no problem. It all depends on the school and how they look at it. Before I wasted time and money getting a BSN I would apply with what you have and see what happens. I got a BSN simply cause I didn't have a degree and the BSN was by far the easiest and cheapest degree for me to get.
    FWIW before anesthesia school I had never taken a chemistry class or any science class except microbiology at a community college. While challenging the CRNA program was doable for me, though I did have to seek some tutoring for some of the chemistry and physics.
    Yea I've taken pretty much every hard science in undergrad other than physics, too scared lol. But yea that's what I'll probably do is speak to some admission counselors n see what they suggest. I just don't want to spend unnecessary tuition money if I don't need too.

    Happy holidays
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    IndiCRNA:

    Are you aware of which other states allow CRNAs to run an independent practice? Or, even better, do you know where this information can be found?

    Thanks,

    Zack
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    Hey man forget your float pay. I intentionaly went to work in a very low paying hospital specificaly cause I know that nurses from that unit get accepted to CRNA school at very high rates. I make about $60K less working at that hospital than I could have in a different hospital 3 hours away. However that unit got me into CRNA school and I have WAY WAY more than made up the difference. You wouldn't even believe me if I told you how much I make now.
    I am 1/3 owner of an all CRNA practice. The 3 of us have the exclusive contract to provide anesthesia services of a smaller hospital. That means we get 100% of the bill rate for services. Our schedual is PERFECT. It goes like this. For two weeks I work mon-fri 6-8 hours a day doing schedualed cases. No call, no nights, no weekends. Then for two weeks I go on call 24/7 but have no schedualed cases. On average I work 15 hours a week during those 2 weeks but I am on call all the time. Usually I am called in for night OB cases and for trauma in the ER, and emergency cases. Fun stuff. We also provide on call intensivist coverage for the small ICU. That means I take calls at night to deal with issues with the ICU patients. We also run all the vents after hours. It sounds like a lot but it's not really and it's the only thing I have to do for those 2 weeks. I take call from home. I own a farm that I am setting up for hunting and I get a lot of work done and get in a lot of fishing during those two weeks. Then for two weeks I am OFF! So I get 2 weeks off out of every 6 weeks. Our schedual rotates like that in 6 week blocks.
    All the income figures for CRNAs you see are for employees. I am the junior partner of our 3 CRNA group and I will make more than $300K in my first year. The senior partner makes over half a million. I expect to make over half a million within 5 years. We are NOT supervised by physicians in any way. We ARE the anesthesia department. We write orders on our patients and follow them so long as they are in the ICU or PACU. We are in negotiations right now to take over the pain managment service. That will add minimal work but a lot of income. We recently hired a CRNA to cover baby leave by one of the partners and we are paying him $120K for 12 weeks work.
    Your float pay is nothing in compairison. Get it done!
    IndiCRNA
    I am 23 years old and am graduating with my BSN in May 2013. I have attended two Diversity CRNA Mentorship Programs (diversitycrna.org) that I can put in my application essay when I apply for CRNA school. I currently work at a Cardiovascular Step Down Unit at Johns Hopkins Hospital as a Clinical Nurse Extern. I plan to get into SICU when I graduate. I really want to be successful like you and I need more mentors like you that can help me establish myself in the future.
    Last edit by solomono1222 on Feb 8, '13 : Reason: editing
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    IndiCRNA
    I am 23 years old and am graduating with my BSN in May 2013. I have attended two Diversity CRNA Mentorship Programs (diversitycrna.org) that I can put in my application essay when I apply for CRNA school. I currently work at a Cardiovascular Step Down Unit at Johns Hopkins Hospital as a Clinical Nurse Extern. I plan to get into SICU when I graduate. I really want to be successful like you and I need more mentors like you that can help me establish myself in the future.
    Well I wish you good luck. I wish I had known about nurse anesthesia when I was your age. If I had I could have gone the NA school before the masters was required and avoided all the fluff involved in a masters program, I sure hope you are not telling anyone else about your plans for NA school. Keep it to yourself. Some ICU nurse managers won't hire you if they know you plan to leave as soon as you get your experience. When you do get into an ICU be a kick butt RN. That means be a team player, respect the senior nurses and their knowlage, work OT when they need you, get involved in qualiety improvement projects on your unit. Get any teaching experience you can. Remember you are going to have to ask your nurse manager for a reference letter and you need it to be a great one.
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    IndiCRNA that's amazing and inspiring not just the income but the fact that you guys made your own independent practice and you be came a part of something like that quick?!? I will aim for SICU experience! Where did you obtain your adn?

    Anyone know if my bsn gpa will only be averaged with my adn? What about lpn school?
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    Thanks for your feedback and expertise in the field. I was intrigued by your stratigic placement for your RN experience. Do you mind me asking how you found out where a high number of accepted nurses are working? I'm just starting clinicals for my BSN and have the option of working in a large Urban center or in a smaller hospital. I'm torn between networking with the urban hospitals with the intention of getting a job offer in the city where I live...but as you mentioned a short term sacrifice for the experience may also be an option.

    From what I have been told by my preceptor is that we will get more exposure to develop skills like IVs and may be allowed to do more while working in the smaller hospital. Do you have experience with this?


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