Craig: (aka) nilepoc, Srna
for a day.
Just read your entry for 10/15/02 and agree with you 100%. Although I am not in crna school yet, I have done all my nurs. edu. AD and BSN at a health science center that also has a medical school and have already come to some of the same conclusions you did in your post. As a matter of fact, I have a good friend who was a RN for about a year and is now in her first year of med school and has stated that nursing school in general puts you through more stress and BS than med. school. And she is referring to a BSN program not a CRNA program. That is why I get so upset too when people refer to nursing training as watered down and for people who couldn't get in med school. Nursing training at the under grad. and grad level is hard!!!
I too got into nursing with the long term goal of becoming a CRNA. But I do tell people who are undecided about whether to become a CRNA or pursue medicine, that if I had to do again, knowing now what I know about the BS associated with nursing school and at the bedside, I would have tried the MD rout. It is a very long road but seems to have less BS and much more respect and compensation. For anyone who would like to figure out where I am going with post please read the SRNA for a day entry for 10/15/02. Especially if you are thinking about nursing vs. medicine for a career choice.
Oct 16, '02
My friend grad. in 2000 with her BSN and then took the required prereq.s mainly gen chem 8hrs, organ chem 8 hrs and physics 8 hrs also you need 8 hrs of gen bio this appears to be the min. requirement throughout the US for prereq.s; she took a study course for the MCAT, and I think she got a 28 which is not stellar but competive for most state schools. She got in on her first time applying to her state school, LSUHSC. She has mentioned that so for medical school has not been really that overwhelming and feels that the time management she learned in nursing school has helped her. She also felt that those prereq.s were not that bad either. She is still trying to encourage me to go the MD route, but I am now getting ready to put in an application for anesth. school which would start in the fall 2003. And I have not taken organ. or physics so it would be at least 2 more years before I could start, so it is more practical for me to pursue the crna route, not to mention that I am 36 and have two small children. My friend is only 24 and single. she has also mentioned that this is the best decision she has ever made and if your on the fence about RNvs.MD route that you probably will never be happy being the nurse. I can definetly agree with that since I have been a RN for 4 1/2 years and realized from the beginning that bedside nursing was the wrong choice for me. I am hoping that I will enjoy the role of CRNA if it is meant for me to become one.
Last edit by MICU RN on Oct 16, '02
Oct 16, '02
Go for it. As I stated before I came to that same realization while in nursing school too. And it has not changed one bit in the 4 1/2 years at the bedside. I too work in a MICU and enjoy about as much autonomy as you can have as a RN because it is part of major teaching hospital. The residents really listen to what I have to say and I feel I make a difference in patient's medical management. However, it just makes me want more autonomy. I love learning and just relate much more so with the medicine aspects of healthcare than nursing. Don't get me wrong I have the greatest respect for good RN's; they are the backbone and work hoarse of the hospital, I just feel like I am ready to go to the next level. Don't stop you are young and can use your nursing background to make you a better CRNA or MD. Although if I was your age I would go for the MD you will have many more options as far as what you want to specialize in and you will not have to answerr to no one once you complete your res. training. Whether we like it or not doctors are in charge of healthcare in our system so why not be the one writing the orders instead of following them.
Last edit by MICU RN on Oct 16, '02
Oct 17, '02
Roland brings up some good points about quality of life. But if you are 22 with no family oblications you should consider all options.
6-7 years of nursing school plus at least one year of critical care. And remember until you get to anesth. school, nursing training pretty much blows and that includes being an ICU nurse. To become a physician it will take any where from a min. of 11 years are greater to complete their training. Also, there are residency programs that are not 100plus hours, and have a decent quality of life. I know this since I work in a major teaching hospital. In general though, you will probably work more hours as a MD than CRNA once you are out practicing. And I think for an established RN that the CRNA route is your most practical and is a very good job. Many of my resident friends have stated if they were in my shoes 36yr.s and already a RN for 4 years that they would go the crna route and that is what I am currently doing. However, since ccu rn is only 22 I think he/she should look at the MD route too. And I have met some crna's that now wish they would have went to med school when they had a chance to go back to school. I have yet to meet any MD.'s who were prior nurses state that they wish they would have stayed in nursing at any level.
Last edit by MICU RN on Oct 17, '02