Do I stand a chance?

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by Millenial nurse Millenial nurse, BSN Member Nurse

Has 1 years experience.

Hello!

I am a new grad nurse in an ICU, who's ultimate goal is to be a CRNA and I just want to know based on the following information about me, do I stand a chance of getting into CRNA school, and if not what can I do to improve my chances?:

1) I work in the ICU at a very well known teaching hospital with extremely high acuity patients and receive lots of education through my job. Also am a part of our unit improvement committee as well as am working on a research project for our unit.

2) I have a 3.23 overall GPA. I am one of those who didn't do well in my sciences due to lack of focus but retook each science (A&P 1/2, Chem 1&2) and made all As and a B when I retook them and made As the first try in Patho and micro. I also have a 3.3 or 3.4 nursing GPA (As and Bs in nursing school). I really regret letting my gpa fall by the wayside in the beginning

3) I plan to take the GRE in the 6m-1yr and

make 300 or above combined

4) I will get my CCRN as soon as I'm eligible

5) I will also take a graduate level physiology course and make an A

6) I have already shadowed a CRNA for 25 hrs and plan to do more

7) I also will be attending a workshop for aspiring CRNAs as a way to network and learn even more about the profession

8) last but not least, I want this more than anything, and know if I get the chance to get in I will not take it for granted

CCRNRCIS

CCRNRCIS, BSN, RN

Specializes in CVICU. 38 Posts

All I can say is apply to more than one school and see what happens. Even when you check off all the boxes for one school's qualifications, you still may not get accepted while others do get accepted who don't have all the qualifications. If you don't get in the first round of tries then dust yourself off, continue to learn and read and shadow, then try again next year.

PICU-Murse

PICU-Murse

Specializes in Pediatric Intensive Care, CVICU,. Has 7 years experience. 46 Posts

Maybe this will be helpful-

I was asked in my interview for school by the program director..."what do you think I think is your weakness?". I answered honestly and said that my GPA isn't impressive (Cumulative

Millenial nurse

Millenial nurse, BSN

Has 1 years experience. 20 Posts

Thank you! I sure hope so, I would hate my gpa to be the one thing between me and my dream job

PICU-Murse

PICU-Murse

Specializes in Pediatric Intensive Care, CVICU,. Has 7 years experience. 46 Posts

Which schools are you planning on applying to? Keep in mind, some schools only look at the last 60hrs of your gpa, some last 40hrs, some Cumulative, some science GPA, and some BSN gpa. They are all different. What I did was I narrowed it down to the schools I truly qualified for and then applied to my top picks out of that bunch.

loveanesthesia

loveanesthesia

Specializes in CRNA. 836 Posts

If you're not at an A in undergrad Physiology, you are going to need to work very hard to pass boards. If physiology is difficult for you, it's an up hill battle because it's the basis for everything in anesthesia.

Millenial nurse

Millenial nurse, BSN

Has 1 years experience. 20 Posts

Which schools are you planning on applying to? Keep in mind, some schools only look at the last 60hrs of your gpa, some last 40hrs, some Cumulative, some science GPA, and some BSN gpa. They are all different. What I did was I narrowed it down to the schools I truly qualified for and then applied to my top picks out of that bunch.

I plan to apply to Emory, Augusta, UAB, Samford, Duke, and Barry

Millenial nurse

Millenial nurse, BSN

Has 1 years experience. 20 Posts

If you're not at an A in undergrad Physiology, you are going to need to work very hard to pass boards. If physiology is difficult for you, it's an up hill battle because it's the basis for everything in anesthesia.

I did make an A in both A&P courses when I retook them. I absolutely love physiology, just wish I wouldve been more focused the first time around!

Future1Intub8er1995

Future1Intub8er1995

Has 1 years experience. 77 Posts

If you're not at an A in undergrad Physiology, you are going to need to work very hard to pass boards. If physiology is difficult for you, it's an up hill battle because it's the basis for everything in anesthesia.

LOL to this.

Future1Intub8er1995

Future1Intub8er1995

Has 1 years experience. 77 Posts

Overall you've got a long way to go. How do you know you'll like anesthesia, how do you know you possess the critical thinking skills needed to be a good ICU RN. Focus on being a good nurse and the chips will fall. God Bless.

Spolar

Spolar

11 Posts

Worry about becoming a good ICU nurse for a while. Stop getting ahead of yourself