I recently applied to CRNA school, but decided I wanted to wait a year, and perfect the skills that I have.
Mostly though, I've seen schools only require a year of experience in critical care. Coincidentally, I had a nursing instructor who wrote me a recemmendation for CRNA school. Well this instructor probably has about 10+ years of experience above me in critical care, master's degree, etc. Well can you believe that my instructor actually applied herself to the school she wrote me a recommendation for? She got to thinking about 3 of her former students who were applying to CRNA school I guess. She had a nice talk with me about it before she did it, in case we met up in interviews and such(this particular school had group interviews). But the ironic part about it all is that she didn't have any recent bedside care experience, just the clinical portions teaching college nursing students. For this reason, she was at a disadvantage over me, apparently is what they told her.
My instructor actually did go to the interview session, and decided for personal(family) reasons that she would not beable to fulfill the educational requirements over the next two years.
The impression I got is that CRNA schools are looking increasingly more for younger minds, or that 'professional student' so to speak. They're not as concerned that you have so many years of experience. They want you to have the theory and education down pact. Though it does benefit myself, I kind of think this is unfortunate. I firmly believe that the smartest CRNA's are the ones who have practiced nursing for a greater amount of years. The experience gained by monitorring patient's airways, and watching how they react to medication is more than valuable for CRNA school. That is why I am taking another year in the critical care environment to gain some more experience.
See ya around the block,