Okay, I have finally decided to work toward becoming becoming a CRNA (hopefully working in a pain clinic) after I complete my BSN. My school, UW-Milwaukee offers an accelerated BSN program (I already have a Bachelor's degree in something else) which is 2 semesters, 1 summer, and then 1 more semester.
So this is the plan:
1st yr: Fall, Spring, Summer- Completing pre-reqs
2nd yr: Fall, Spring, Summer- Accelerated BSN
3rd yr: Fall- Completing rest of Accerlerated BSN, take NCLEX and taking chem 102 (intro chem for pre-med). Spring- chem 104, trig, etc., Summer- work and research
4th yr: Fall, Spring, Summer- More upper level sciences (organic chem, etc.) and doing ICU requirement on weekends.
5th yr: Fall, Spring, Summer- More science (physics, bio chem, mircro bio, advanced stats, etc.), still working in ICU on weekends, applying to anesthesia school.
So, as you see, I'm trying to work ICU on the weekends so I can do all of the upper level sciences (that most anesthesia schools require, especially Rush) during the week. Do you all think this will work out?
Thanks for your opinions.
Aug 15, '03
Holy cow! Just reading your post exhausted me. You have drive!
It's terrific to have a well-though-out long term plan - just remember to stay flexible and open-minded so that you can alter those goals as time progresses. Five years is a long time to have everything go according to plan.
Make sure you have person-to-person communication with the admissions directors at the schools you are considering as well as the unit directors in hospitals where you wish to work.
1. Anesthesia programs typically require 1 year of full-time study. You will need to ascertain whether working 24 hours per week is sufficient.
2. Many new graduate ICU internships require a full-time commitment for a duration of time. Do not underestimate the energy and time it takes to transition from student nurse to bedside nurse. And, even if you can find a hospital that will place you directly into the ICU, there are often didactic days held during the week during your internship.
By my calcs, you will have five long years of working and going to school by the time you start an anesthesia program. Add two and a half years of incredibly intense coursework on top of that. Seven and a half to eight years without a break is a very long time. Why not consider taking a year just to work, have fun, do some volunteering - in short, to live life?
Best of luck with your plans!
PS. The "Baylor" that Repat is referring to is another name for the weekend-option work schedule. Someone once told me that it was popularized at that hospital, hence the name.
Last edit by Athlein on Aug 15, '03
Aug 15, '03
How about completing your accelerated BSN program and then find a program that requires few if any other courses. Many that i looked at including the one I got accepted in required just a grad. level stat's course. So you could then go work full time in the icu WHILE YOU TAKE YOUR ONE PREREQ, over one semester. Instead of all that other classes you mentioned in your post. Believe me, they will teach you what you need to know once you are in a program. Sometimes it is better to take the easier softer path especially since anesthesia will be hard enough. I speak from my own experience, I went the ADN route and had to work full-time and go to school for the last 3 years to receive my BSN then the grad. stat's course I mentioned. That was a very long road, I wish I would have gotten my BSN out the way first. MAny of my nursing friends who wanted to go back and get their BSN so they could apply to crna school just pooped out. So the moral of the story is try to make it as easy as you can before you get to anesthesia school. Although, I wish you good luck whichever route you choose.
Last edit by MICU RN on Aug 15, '03