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So I have been working as a nurse since 2013. I started my nurse career in the emergency room for almost 5 yrs and moved to an outpatient surgical center as Pre/pacu nurse. I love the people I'm working with and the patients we have are just amazing grateful people. I started my man in leadership and will be done soon. But I don't think I'm gonna be happy in nursing leadership. So I'm thinking of working in the ICU to get experience and become a nurse anesthetist. But I'm scared it might be a bad idea. I'm scared of leaving my beloved current job. And I don't know if I will be accepted in nurse anesthesia school because my BSN grades are not that good. I was in and out of the hospital due to cancer when I was studying BSN. I love the thought that CRNAs are paid well. My current job salary is low. I'm not getting younger though. I'm 30 yrs old and going to CRNA school with this age sounds old. I need some enlightenment. I want to know if taking the nurse anesthesia road was worth it? Thank you!

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Since your working in PACU with CRNA's, discuss your career plans with them --best persons to consult!

Have you visited allnurses Student Registered Nurse Anesthetist forum?

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Best wishes on pursuing a fulfilling nursing career.


Tweety, BSN, RN

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I'd venture to say most students are in their late 20's and early 30's since it does take some time and experience to get into school. 

I agree talking with other nurse anesthetists would be a good idea.

Also note that I just read the average age of the nurse anesthetist is 44.  So there's that.

Good luck.  


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30 is not old. LOL. I got my NP at the ripe age of 40. Age is a mindset anyway. The advice from others is sound. It may take a risk on your part to dive into the ICU to see if you like it. You could always stay PRN at your current job. That way you have options if things aren't a good fit. Hope this helps! 

kkbb, BSN, RN

134 Posts

Specializes in Oncology.

I earned my BSN at 39.  I'm currently 45 and working on my MSN.  As the saying goes, age is just a number.     

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