What would you do if you were in my situation:
I am applying to NA school in 2005. I am moving back EAST (brrrrrrrrrrrrrrr)
from sunny California to be closer to the schools that I will be applying to. IT is JUST TOO EXPENSIVE TO LIVE AND NOT WORK, AND BE A FULL-TIME STUDENT in So. Cal. Anyway...a brief history of my nursing career:
I became an RN in 1996. Worked in the ICU from 1997-1999.
I continued with my education, working and getting my BSN 2 years thereafter.
I then worked in the ER of the same level-1 trauma center on a full-time basis...working in ICU occasionally.
I decided to get my MSN degree and happened to receive my FNP as well (it was an MSN/FNP program) in 2002. I was fortunate to be hired as a PER DIEM NP in the same ER.
Having had the opportunity to work in several nursing roles is AWESOME. I am a more well-rounded nurse and provider.
I continue to work a few shifts in ICU and ER, on top of being an NP also.
My goal of becoming a CRNA is STILL looming over my head. I still want to go to CRNA school.
I AM CONCERNED THAT SOME SCHOOLS MIGHT LOOK DOWN UPON MY BECOMING AN NP FIRST (It was actually an added BONUS while getting my MSN...I got FNP certification along with it)...then, got hired as NP in a level 1 trauma ER (very rare to have NP in busy ER here in Ca).
I've been reading in some threads that one criteria that some schools taken into account is the applicant's dedication to the profession...i.e, just starting in ICU...then, getting into CRNA school...not doing anything else in other fields of nursing shows the individual's commitment in becoming a CRNA...well, this is how I perceive it to be. And, for those of us, who just happen to have another role, besides being a nurse in ICU, are considered, "the undecided, undedicated" ones. Thus, it may make it harder for those of us to be considered in a program.
Do some of you find this to be true? :uhoh21:
I just wanted to get your opinion on this.