BSN at WGU to CRNA. - page 2

by KbmRN

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 type of CVICU/CCU experience. ... Read More


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    Quote from IndiCRNA
    Just wanted to add. The CRNAs in our group make more money than more than half of the physicians in the medical group. We make more than nearly all the family practice, internal med, and peds docs. Since their pay is published in a yearly internal report and ours is not most of them have no idea. If they did I think they would be highly ****** off.
    Wow reading this my mouth dropped. It never crossed my mind that CRNAs can open up their own practice n be accountable to such responsibility. This is inspiring. I have plans to become a Crna in the future and this just opened my eyes even more in a good way. Thanks for sharing.
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    Did you all meet up while in school and decide to do this?
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    Quote from mayahp22
    Did you all meet up while in school and decide to do this?
    Nope it's a long established practice. One partner was getting ready to retire and they were looking for a new CRNA to join to take his place. I worked casual in the ICU and ER in this hospital and wanted to go to CRNA school and was trying to figure out how to pay for it. They offered to pay for school if I would work for them when I graduated. This is a very rural area and it's hard to recruit people to live and work here. Well I am a country boy through and through and already lived in the area. After I graduated I went to work for them and an employee but very soon they offered to allow me to buy into the practice. I had to pay back the money they paid for my school since partners don't get scholerships but that was no problem since as a graduate with a job everybody and their brother wants to loan me money.
    It depends on what state you choose to practice in. I choose Wisconsin cause it is among the states that allow independant practice for CRNAs and the pay is high. While I was in school my classmates and I were offered similar oppertunities by other practices but none offered the amount if time off I get.
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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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    Quote from mayahp22
    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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    Quote from IndiCRNA

    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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    Quote from mayahp22
    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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    Quote from IndiCRNA

    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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    Quote from mayahp22
    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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