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Future SRNA's; Words of Encouragemnt

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Specializes in SICU, Anesthesia.

I just wanted to wish good luck to those of you who have applied to CRNA school this year and are waiting to hear about an interview or an offer for admission. I am presently six months into my first year in CRNA school and I am taking a break from studying for an exam I have in the morning. I remember back a year ago when I was in the same place that many of you are in now. I had completed most of my applications and was waiting to see if I would get any interviews. I know this is a difficult time for you as you all have spent a great deal of time and effort to get this far. But it is well worth it and before you know it a year will have gone by and you will wonder where the time went to. DO NOT GET DISCOURAGED! Someone once told me that the biggest factor determining who gets into CRNA school is determination. Those who want it and are willing to work hard enough and long enough can eventually reach their goal. Remember that you have accomplished a great deal by getting this far and completing the requirements just in order to apply. Also do not get discouraged by the competition of those who apply. Keep in mind that although schools may give you statistics in terms of the number of applications they receive versus the number of students they accept, the odds may be better than you realize. Let me give you an example. Suppose a school tells you they get 10 applications for every position they have in class. If that school admits 10 students that is 100 applications for that school. Now suppose you decide to apply to 5 out of 5 schools with similar application numbers. That means that all five of these schools combined will accept a total of 50 students and combined these 5 schools would receive a total of 500 applications. This does not mean there are 500 different applicants. It could be any number between 100 or 500 applicants. Knowing that many students apply to more than one school, schools establish waiting lists to insure that their classes will be filled. Schools do not take less then their available slots. Since there could be as few as 100 applicants for these 50 slots, you could have a 50% chance of admission and not even know it. My point here is not to bore you with numbers. My point is that you do not know the total number of applicants each year applying to CRNA school. You may only know the total number of applications received by the programs you are applying to. You do not know how many total applicants this is. So your odds could be improved based upon the total number of applicants applying not total applications. So keep the faith! Good luck and I hope all goes well with each of you.

I'm no where near applying to CRNA school, but those are the kinds of words that keep me working hard so that some day I will be where you are. Thanks for the encouragement!

Trauma Tom,

I, too, have not applied to CRNA school, but changed careers in 2002 with CRNA being my goal. I'm having to take the long route because of family and financial commitments. Your encouragement is very much appreciated, as is the other's time in their contribution to this website.

Best of luck in school and your career.

Classicaldreams

Thank you for the encouragement. You're right, it is a very anxious time! My first interview is this coming Saturday.

I try not to think about the statistics - I'm just doing the best I can with all these hoops you have to jump through to make it in. Best of luck to all my fellow applicants.

Many thanks for the post Trauma Tom. Great timing!

Trauma Tom,

Thanks for the encouragement. My first interview is on Saturday. My flight leaves at 0620AM this morning. It is now 0220AM. I'm supposed to be in bed!!!! I'm so nervous, I can't think and I can't sleep. I want this so bad, I can't think of anything else. I just spent the last 5 hours tossing and turning. I suppose I should go back to bed and toss and turn some more for another 1 1/2 hours. But just reading your post gave me a boost. Thank you.

Thanks for the encouragement. I have recently applied to 5 schools and have an interview at UNC Raleigh in 3 weeks. I am anxious, but enthusiastic about the opportunity.

I'm in!!!!!! I'm in!!!!!! YEAY!!!!!!!!!!:rotfl:

Trauma Tom,

Thanks for the encouragement. My first interview is on Saturday. My flight leaves at 0620AM this morning. It is now 0220AM. I'm supposed to be in bed!!!! I'm so nervous, I can't think and I can't sleep. I want this so bad, I can't think of anything else. I just spent the last 5 hours tossing and turning. I suppose I should go back to bed and toss and turn some more for another 1 1/2 hours. But just reading your post gave me a boost. Thank you.

I'm in!!!!!! I'm in!!!!!! YEAY!!!!!!!!!!:rotfl:
Where will you be going?

sonessrna:

I got accepted at Wolford College in Naples, FL. They went independent from FGCU and I will be in their first class starting February 2005. So if anyone is interested, they have another class starting October 2005. The application process isn't all that bad and the interview was not as anxiety-provoking as I had imagined. Their staff is very nice and student-friendly.

Where will you be going?

Many thanks for the post Trauma Tom. Great timing!
Echo these sentiments.

Thanks again for the post.

Yes, this whole process is nerve-wrecking,

from the essay I have rewritten 10 times to passing the 2 exams, GRE and CCRN, all the while taking organic chem. Please shoot me now.

Hi, thanks for the encouragement. I was up all night worried about my upcoming interview. I have heard some rumors about the interview process and I was wondering if you had any advice. What does the group interview entail? Is there really a computer test and an ethical essay required to be done that day? Any info would be helpful to ease my mind. Thanks.

Hello Tom,

Your words or very encouraging and came at the right time for me. I'm trying to decide on whether to go to law school and drown in debt, or to become a CRNA. I've been an EMT now for 10 years. I'm 32 so the window has passed for me to chose jobs based on whether I think the occupation will make me happy. I need to be realistic and get a career going in the near future. I'm a junior in college and contemplating on getting my BSN and then CRNA. I have no kids and I still live at home. I need to start a career ASAP. I know becoming a CRNA wont be easy, but I'm thinking it may be more realistic in my situation. I'm scared of being 36, 100K in debit and finding a job as new lawyer making less than 60K. Also I saw how the computer field got saturated. Do see this happening to CRNAs?

Hello Tom,

Your words or very encouraging and came at the right time for me. I'm trying to decide on whether to go to law school and drown in debt, or to become a CRNA. I've been an EMT now for 10 years. I'm 32 so the window has passed for me to chose jobs based on whether I think the occupation will make me happy. I need to be realistic and get a career going in the near future. I'm a junior in college and contemplating on getting my BSN and then CRNA. I have no kids and I still live at home. I need to start a career ASAP. I know becoming a CRNA wont be easy, but I'm thinking it may be more realistic in my situation. I'm scared of being 36, 100K in debit and finding a job as new lawyer making less than 60K. Also I saw how the computer field got saturated. Do see this happening to CRNAs?

This career path will not be saturated for any foreseeable time.

Mike

Trauma Tom

Specializes in SICU, Anesthesia.

30and confused,

At your age you have plenty of time to find a career that will make you happy. I spent over twenty years in a career that I really enjoyed, however I always had a desire to fulfill a dream I had when I was originally in college; to pursue a career in medicine. When I was in college the first time, over 30 years ago, I wanted to go to medical school. Things did not go as I had planned and I ended up going into the service and flew in the Navy. Later, I spent twenty enjoyable and fulfilling years in the restaurant business. After I sold my business I set out to find another career that would be fulfilling and give me stability for what would be my last career choice. I looked into a number of options, however I found myself drawn to the healthcare field. I considered trying for medical school. However, at my age I did not think it would be realistic to pursue. Granted there are people who do it at my age, however I did not feel it would be fair to my family in both the amount of time it would take me away from them as well as the fact that I would probably have to relocate to attend medical school. I instead decided to embark on a career in nursing. I attended an ADN program with the ultimate plan on going to CRNA school. I am happy to say that I am presently mid way through my first year of CRNA school and I love it. I have made the right decision for me and have never regretted my choice. I turned 50 last September. So at your age, you have plenty of time. As to your concern about the field becoming saturated. I would not worry about it. This was one of my concerns as well. However, after doing my homework I am convinced that the field will not be saturated during my career. There is a shortage of CRNA's now and it will continue for some time. There are limited spaces available to train CRNA's. It is not only the number of schools that cause this shortage. They are not enough available clinical sites and instructors to train additional CRNA's. Granted, there are new CRNA schools opening to help meet the future CRNA needs in this country, however I do not believe that this will create a surplus of CRNAs. As a professional organization, CRNA's are committed to providing quality anesthesia to the public. And part of this need means insuring that there is an adequate supply of CRNA's to provide this service. However, CRNA's also want to protect what they have worked so hard to achieve. And this means not rushing to train an abundance of CRNA's thereby oversupplying the market and damaging the outstanding career and reputation that CRNAs have enjoyed for a century in this country. I think you would find it more difficult to find a job as an attorney than you would as a CRNA. My advice is to research the career of a CRNA thoroughly. Shadow one and see if this is something you might be interested in. If it is, then go for it. It will take some time, so you need to make sure it is what you want to do. It will require a lot of hard work and determination, but in the end, it will be well worth it. Good luck and keep us posted on your decision.

QUOTE=30andconfused]Hello Tom,

Your words or very encouraging and came at the right time for me. I'm trying to decide on whether to go to law school and drown in debt, or to become a CRNA. I've been an EMT now for 10 years. I'm 32 so the window has passed for me to chose jobs based on whether I think the occupation will make me happy. I need to be realistic and get a career going in the near future. I'm a junior in college and contemplating on getting my BSN and then CRNA. I have no kids and I still live at home. I need to start a career ASAP. I know becoming a CRNA wont be easy, but I'm thinking it may be more realistic in my situation. I'm scared of being 36, 100K in debit and finding a job as new lawyer making less than 60K. Also I saw how the computer field got saturated. Do see this happening to CRNAs?

30and confused,

At your age you have plenty of time to find a career that will make you happy. I spent over twenty years in a career that I really enjoyed, however I always had a desire to fulfill a dream I had when I was originally in college; to pursue a career in medicine. When I was in college the first time, over 30 years ago, I wanted to go to medical school. Things did not go as I had planned and I ended up going into the service and flew in the Navy. Later, I spent twenty enjoyable and fulfilling years in the restaurant business. After I sold my business I set out to find another career that would be fulfilling and give me stability for what would be my last career choice. I looked into a number of options, however I found myself drawn to the healthcare field. I considered trying for medical school. However, at my age I did not think it would be realistic to pursue. Granted there are people who do it at my age, however I did not feel it would be fair to my family in both the amount of time it would take me away from them as well as the fact that I would probably have to relocate to attend medical school. I instead decided to embark on a career in nursing. I attended an ADN program with the ultimate plan on going to CRNA school. I am happy to say that I am presently mid way through my first year of CRNA school and I love it. I have made the right decision for me and have never regretted my choice. I turned 50 last September. So at your age, you have plenty of time. As to your concern about the field becoming saturated. I would not worry about it. This was one of my concerns as well. However, after doing my homework I am convinced that the field will not be saturated during my career. There is a shortage of CRNA's now and it will continue for some time. There are limited spaces available to train CRNA's. It is not only the number of schools that cause this shortage. They are not enough available clinical sites and instructors to train additional CRNA's. Granted, there are new CRNA schools opening to help meet the future CRNA needs in this country, however I do not believe that this will create a surplus of CRNAs. As a professional organization, CRNA's are committed to providing quality anesthesia to the public. And part of this need means insuring that there is an adequate supply of CRNA's to provide this service. However, CRNA's also want to protect what they have worked so hard to achieve. And this means not rushing to train an abundance of CRNA's thereby oversupplying the market and damaging the outstanding career and reputation that CRNAs have enjoyed for a century in this country. I think you would find it more difficult to find a job as an attorney than you would as a CRNA. My advice is to research the career of a CRNA thoroughly. Shadow one and see if this is something you might be interested in. If it is, then go for it. It will take some time, so you need to make sure it is what you want to do. It will require a lot of hard work and determination, but in the end, it will be well worth it. Good luck and keep us posted on your decision.

Thank you Tom. I'm not a person of faith, but somehow, someone keeps sending good people my way when I need it most. You are an asset to this forum. You really cleared a lot of things up for me. I feel better about my chances of succeding...I guess some would call that faith huh? :-) Thanks again.

Oscar NY

Hi. I am new to the site. Your thread is very encouraging. I have an interview coming up in about 2 weeks. Any tips for the interview? Did you have to take a test and write an essay? Just a little scared...

Hi. I am new to the site. Your thread is very encouraging. I have an interview coming up in about 2 weeks. Any tips for the interview? Did you have to take a test and write an essay? Just a little scared...

Hey Tom how about some words of wisdom for the SRNA's that have finals coming up :rolleyes: :crying2: I wish there was an icon for, I am pulling my hair out right now. Just had 2 physiology tests from you know where and I just heard that the final can take 4-6 hours to finish. Only 4 more tests to go! I think I can I think I can :)

Good luck to all that have interviews and SRNA's with finals.

Tia

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