Becoming a CRNA - From One Who Did It - page 7

Looking over this bulletin board, I noticed that there were few CRNA's posting, and a large number of people interested in becoming CRNA's posting. There seem to be a lot of questions. I had a lot... Read More

  1. by   kmchugh
    Originally posted by fence
    I spoke with Dr Chipas today on the phone regarding my application and he suggested I come to the school in the next couple weeks to set in on some classes. I know this is not and interview but I know I had better be on my toes. Any sugestions? Should I dress casual? Any help would be appreciated.
    I'd probably dress semi-casual, slacks, button down shirt or polo. I don't think a suit is necessary, but perhaps a shirt and tie combo would be OK. We had a couple of people visit our class, and generally, they dressed semi-casual. Being "on you toes" won't be a big deal, no one is going to quiz you at an informal visit. Relax, take a look around, get a feel for the school. Enjoy yourself.

    Kevin McHugh, CRNA
  2. by   fence
    Thanks for the advice. I am probably gettng nervous for nothing. I do appreciate the calming voice of
    Last edit by fence on Aug 9, '03
  3. by   Want2Bgasman
    Does my ap have to be in before I would be allowed to visit classes at Newman? How did your situation of this come about? I would really like to be able to visit Newman and maybe make myself known. What do you think?

    Fence just curious if you would be willing to share your GPA, GRE. Mine is in the lower 3s and no GRE yet.
  4. by   fence
    I think if you contact the director of any of the CRNA programs they will be happy to arrange a tour of their school. I am sure you do not have to have an application in or even be in the prcess of applying.
    Last edit by fence on Aug 9, '03
  5. by   Want2Bgasman
    To your knowledge is Newman one that counts the last the 60 hrs? If so I can prob pull off 3.7 before all is said and done.
  6. by   fence
    I do not think that is the policy for Newman. I do however believe that is how it works at Texas Wesleyan.
  7. by   lpnga
    I am interested in this field as well. I am currently taking my ADN and then want to get my BSN then go to school. I live in Chattanooga, TN and the starting pay at most area hospitals is 115K. I want to take a longer route to get there to make sure I can do it when I get into school. Thanks
  8. by   scurvy
    Originally posted by kmchugh

    To be honest, I don't know anything at all about Truman's program. When I first considered becoming a CRNA, I looked into KU's program briefly. What I found was that KU required you to take several classes (particularly chemistry and physics) before entering their program. These were not required classes for the nursing program, and I found this requirement to be a little disheartening. When Newman opened their program, I found the only requirement beyond a BSN was taking a statistics class (if it was not a requirement of your undergraduate program). Most CRNA programs do not have the heavy pre-req requirement that KU has. There is some chemistry and physics you need to know as a CRNA, but as the director at the Newman program told me, they will teach you what you need to know.

    As it turned out, I was glad I did not go to the KU program. Most SRNA's are required as part of their program to attend the bi-annual state meetings, and I got to meet a number of KU students at these meetings. I found that the KU program would not have been a good fit for me. First, it is a 30 month long program, compared to the twenty four months required at Newman. (If you do the math, you will find that in tuition, books, and lost salary, that extra six months will cost you as much as $30,000 - $50,000.) There are some other reasons I did not care for the KU program, but won't go into those here.

    You asked about the two students who did not make it through the first Newman class. I feel that saying why they did not make it through on a public bulletin board would be a violation of their privacy, and therefore I cannot and will not address that at all. In any event, I was a student at the time, and not involved in the decision making process of releasing the students. Anything I said would be hearsay. I understand your curiosity, but I really cannot say more about it.


    CRNA's don't really work "in" any of the departments you listed, with the exception of the labor and delivery department. Primarily, you will find CRNA's in the surgical suites, providing anesthetics for surgery. You will also find them in the LDR, putting in the epidurals for pain management. In some places, particularly rural areas, you will find CRNA's doing these things by themselves, and in others, as part of a team under the direction of an anesthesiologist.

    In some hospitals, CRNA's are on the code blue teams, and will respond to all areas of the hospital for that purpose. Some will respond to the emergency department as part of the trauma team.

    I have performed anesthetics for all kinds of patients, including neonatal, pediatric, adult, and geriatric. From the tone of your letter, interaction with the patient seems to be very important to you. That's a great trait for a CRNA to have, but remember, our interaction is more limited than most nurses. But that interaction can be most important, in calming a patient's fears before surgery, and helping alleviate the patient's pain after surgery. There may be some places where a CRNA might work only in the LDR, but most places will expect you to perform anesthesia in the OR as well.

    One other point: I am a firm believer that the only dumb question is the one you did not ask for fear of looking foolish. So, ask away.

    Kevin McHugh
    i'm an SRNA who's wondering if you've heard of an accelerated program to become an MDA?
  9. by   kmchugh
    Originally posted by scurvy
    i'm an SRNA who's wondering if you've heard of an accelerated program to become an MDA?
    Never heard of such a program. I don't think I've ever heard of any accelerated programs to become an MD.

    Kevin McHugh
  10. by   Tenesma
    there are no accelerated MDA programs... in order to become an MDA you still have to do 4 years of medschool and 4 years of residency - whether you have your CRNA or not. there are a few accelerated BS/MD programs where out of high school you can do 3 years (it used to be 2) of Bachelors and then 4 years of MD, but since you are an SRNA i assume you already have your BS... and by the way those accelerated BS/MD programs are extremely competitive and pretty rare.
  11. by   Pete495
    Hi Kevin,

    Maybe I can ask you a couple of questions. I have been applying to nurse anesthesia school most recently. At this point, I've been called for interviews from 3 different schools. I graduated last december, entered a Critical care fellowship, which combined education with clinical preceptorship. I've been in a cardiovascular surgical unit since June 1st, and obviously have had some great experiences. I didn't expect to apply to anesthesia school until next year, but i found myself getting applications, recommendations, ets, and sending them in. I am very hesitant to start jumping in and inserting Swans, central lines, and that kind of thing. With this in mind, I am considering waiting until next year to enter anesthesia school. I am pretty smart, but also very conscientious. I'm pretty young, only 25 right now, and don't want to make myself look bad by applying too early. Let me know what you think, if you don't mind. You've done great with this site. It's good to know someone can come here for advice if they need it.

  12. by   AL bug
    Absolutely go to CRNA school ASAP if you get accepted. I think no one is really prepared for the difference in nursing and anesthesia. It is awesome. Do not hesitate. I also am 25 now and could not get here fast enough. I do not regret all the hard work and much more hard work to come.
  13. by   MICU RN
    I agree with Al bug, however, it seems with the # of quality applicants increasing that you will see less experienced RN's (<2 years) getting in. I may be wrong but it only makes sense, unlike medical school, I think they expect you to already know how to think critically and have some sort of knowledge base to draw from. even though everyone I spoke to who is a crna or srna states that it is very different.