Becoming a CRNA - From One Who Did It - page 8

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
    Agree with Albug. There are things that can be learned in the ICU environment that will be helpful when you are an SRNA. However, much of what you will learn will be new. It will be based on things you know from the ICU, but I suspect that one year's experience is enough to give you the foundation of knowledge to do well in school. If accepted, go. Don't miss an opportunity because you are concerned that you have insufficient experience. Obviously, the program director and others on the selections committee don't agree with you.

    Kevin McHugh, CRNA
  2. by   tubbs
    Hey Kevin, and nilepoc if out there, i'm new to this forum and A little help from friends would be nice. I just graduated with BSN in May of 2002 and have been working in the 2nd highest volume ER in the state (not level 1 but exceptionally busy!). BSN GPA 3.56 certified in pals, acls, bls, tncc, GRE poor but will retake after prep class. Yeah i know ICU experience is the way to go and i agree 100%, but i'm curious; If applications are due at the begining of the year (ie april) for the following year's class could i apply with 1 year ED experience and be currently working in ICU for remainder of year so that total experience at time of starting program would be 1 yr ED and 1yr SICU? I'm looking at Northeastern and interested in CRNA work. I have spoken to the director and he says that GRE's count a lot and that everyone applying has more experience than me! Should i even bother or wait until i definately have 1 year BEHIND me of ICU before wasting 50$ on application fee. Buy the way eventhough the program doesn't require it, should i bite the bullet and take an O-chem class to make my application more attractive? Last and final Q, because CRNA school is so difficult, do you think that being single without family unofficially weighs on the admission boards minds.
    great site!
  3. by   megmermaid
    This is a great post! Thanks kmchugh for all the info. I thought it was especially great since Newman is my top choice of schools I'm applying to.
    Thanks again!
  4. by   yoga crna
    I am new to this forum and find it very interesting. I am an "old-timer" CRNA and would like to offer a few thoughts. If I were applying again, I would take as many science type courses as possible. Biochemistry, physiology, pharmacology are some examples. It shows the admissions committee that you understand the importance of the sciences in the field. That fact that a CRNA applies science to hands-on clinical care makes us almost unique in nursing.

    Be sure never to tell the admissions committee that you want to be a CRNA because you don't like patient care. That is the best part of anesthesia--patient care!
  5. by   meandragonbrett
    Welcome to the board yoga!

  6. by   zzzzzgirl
    Hi Kevin and Yoga:

    Could either of you please list the name of the site mentioned as ""? I have tried to find it but also come up with gas companies and such. I can get to yahoo groups just fine, so it seems the trouble is in the other part.

    An additional question as you all have the pragmatic experience we students lack: Do you ever find yourself getting bored with anesthesia? Is it tough being in a single room all day with not windows, which may be somewhat cold (operating rooms) doing the same thing for 8+ hours? Or, do I have it all wrong, and there is a lot of time in between the OR that you spend doing other things such as patient interaction, paperwork, etc.?

    Thank you kindly for your input.

  7. by   loisane

    I can answer this one. Old gas passers is at

    The catch is, you have to register, and you have to be a member of the AANA. So it is for CRNAs and SRNAs only.

    I have had my wrist slapped (lightly) for bringing old gas passer up on this board before. But there really is a much different focus on that board. It is not a public forum like this. Much more focused on professional issues.

    loisane crna
  8. by   smiling_ru

    This is the site where you sign up.
  9. by   zzzzzgirl
    Gee, thanks RU!
  10. by   yoga crna
    Bored in anesthesia--yes and I love it when I am. I just finished a 9 hour case today. I was not bored when I couldn't intubate the patient. With some excellent assistance, luck and a lot of skill on my part, I was able to get the tube in. I was bored the rest of the case, when the vital signs never changed--just watched the surgery, talked with the nurses and surgeons and was happy that I was bored. Then at the end of the case, i was no longer bored when I had to extubate the patient. By the way, i do not work with any anesthesiologists, so I have to figure this all out myself.
  11. by   loisane

    I want to add my welcome to the others you have received. It is great to hear that you are an independent CRNA.

    I like the diversity of this board, I feel it is a strength. But it is a little light on the CRNA side. I think it can only be a good thing if some of us "seasoned" people can share our perspectives of nurse anesthesia with the "younger" crowd. So I welcome your voice.

    I don't know about you, but when I went into anesthesia I wasn't very aware of some of the issues that were to face me. Now we have this great new information technology. This allows us to not only improve the situation for the next generation of CRNAs, but in so doing strengthen the profession of nurse anesthesia.

    I have always worked ACT, but am a strong advocate of the importance of maintaing a place for independent practice. I benefit from hearing that perspective, too.

    It's all about choices, and having lots of them is one of the things that makes nurse anesthesia so great.

    As they say "Keep it real"!

    loisane crna
  12. by   usmc94201
    Well I have to say that this is the most information I have seen on the topic of CRNA. A little about myself. I am currently working on my second semester of college. I am trying to get all of the general classes for my BSN out of the way. I spent 7 years in the Marine corps doing electronics, and I moved to KAnsas City to work for sprint. Well I have been layed of three too many times and I have decided to become a nurse. I would like to say its because of my overwelming need to help others but is mostly because I want a secure job and a decent paycheck. In Aug 03 I will be only going to school less than half time (General classes) and I will be getting my LPN. My ultimate goal is to get my BSN and then my CRNA. (Dont worry there is a question coming). I have just started taking A&P and well after just looking at the book and hearing all the horror stories about the class I feel like I am getting overwhelmed. I have a 3yo and one on the way.

    My Question is.........when it is time to interview for the RN or the CRNA school. How do I say that I am in it for the Money and the security without sounding shallow. I mean the Human body is fasinating to me and I love learning about. And I am not saying that I am not good with people.

    I hope you understand and any advise you can give would be helpfull......thanky You,

  13. by   Qwiigley
    Dear Shallow John!
    Too funny! You say all of the right things in the interview. You say what the interviewer wants to hear. You say what you have to to get the job done.
    Why do you want to be a nurse? I have investigated many aspects of the RN profession, and I like the direction it is moving. I see many more men in the profession, I feel I can contribute to the team.
    Why do you want to be a CRNA? (DO NOT MENTION being a CRNA in the RN process or during nursing school, you'll just slow yourself down and won't get the many opportunities that are possible. ) Most general nurses believe that we become CRNAs for the money. That is just not the case. I like the independence and critical thinking. I enjoy the team approach for the benefit of the pt. I felt like I wanted a Masters degree, but was not willing to be a NP or in mgmt. Too boring. I found a perfect fit. Is this your perfect fit? Explore. Follow a CRNA, etc. Do your homework.
    I loved being a PICU nurse. I had a good place to work, I was well respected and the MDs were wonderful. They would listen when I talked, and would teach when I didin't understand smething. That's hard to find, but it is out there.
    This is actually a whole different thread, so I fyou wnat to respond, start a different thread, ok?