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by murse201717 murse201717 (New) New Nurse

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Hello to all,

I am a current MICU nurse at a level 1 trauma hospital with roughly 2 years experience. I am extremely passionate and dedicated to becoming a CRNA, but I seem to have hit rock bottom at the moment. Reading some of the statistics that  I come across on this website has put me in a spot where I feel like it will be highly unlikely for me to get into a school, and I just seem to be lost as to what my next step should be. I am planning on applying to schools all over the country, I've retaken all the classes that I have scored subpar in, and I'm involved in many committees/ community work. Any insight/ tips someone can give me will greatly be appreciated!

 

My current stats:

cumulative undergrad GPA: 3.181 (Prior to retaking my classes it was 2.956. I've gotten A's in all the classes I've retaken.)

Cumulative science GPA: 3.68

CCRN, ACLS, BLS, PALS certified. I plan on taking my GRE relatively soon.

 

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Ambbuur has 5 years experience as a RN and specializes in ICU RN, current SRNA.

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Please don't be discouraged, you are already taking the right steps to get yourself on track. My first suggestion to take some additional classes such as organic chem and physics if you haven't already to help boost your GPA a little bit more. These classes are required by many schools, but not required by all. Second, study your butt off for the GRE for at least a few months, but more like six. For some schools, a high GRE score can help offset your GPA. Next, spend another year or so just learning all you can in your ICU, additional experience is definitely a plus. If the majority of applicants are just making the minimum 1-2 years of experience, it looks good to have >3 years of experience. Lastly, cast your net wide in the schools that you apply to and don't be discouraged by rejection letters, it's bound to happen. 

Also if you haven't checked out this thread, go ahead and take a look. You may find some additional tips and encouragement from someone else who was in your position and was accepted

Good luck!

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fourthtimesacharm has 4 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in SRNA.

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Don't be discouraged. If this is something you want--go for it! We have a few people in our class that were accepted with lower GPAs. I agree with the last post too. When you are ready to start applying, cast a wide net and keep going even if you get rejected. Overall I did 9 applications to 6 different schools, 8 total interviews, 7 nos, 2 maybe's--one of which turned into a yes. Find the schools that are looking for a well rounded package and not just a good GPA. Getting A's in the classes you are taking show exactly what they are looking for. Good luck! 

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