CoffeeScrubsAndRubberGloves, BSN, RN 80 Posts Specializes in CardioThoracic Surgical ICU. Has 11 years experience. Jun 25, 2019 On 7/26/2017 at 8:05 PM, 06crna said:Okay...If you've read my posts you know that I will be retiring soon.Now is your chance to ask a practicing CRNA anything.12 years of experience from solo rural independent to medical-direction urban ACT. Former Chief and Clinical Coordinator of SRNAs.I will not reveal my identity, specific locations, employers, or programs.Anything else...ask away.I’ve been working on my BSN to apply to CRNA school. I am 1 8 week session away from completing my BSN. I currently am a charge nurse in a Thoracic/Vascular surgical ICU at a level one teaching hospital in Florida. Our floor specializes in lung transplants and vascular surgeries. Most of our cases are sent from other hospitals that can’t handle the complex cases. We also specialize in VA and VV ECMO. I’ve been on that unit for a little more than a year. Before that I was an Emergency/Trauma nurse in the shock/trauma area for 3 years. So most of my experience there was also very acute. I also had 1 year of Oncology and 1 year of Medical IMC/ICU at the same facility. I realized I wanted to be a CRNA after the birth of my 1 year old when I had a very exceptional encounter with a CRNA and knew in that instant I wanted to be that person for others. To make a long story short my ASN GPA was only 3.2 but I’ve managed to keep my BSN at 4.0. I wonder if will be enough to make me competitive for top schools... any advice or words of wisdom would be greatly appreciated.