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How to be a CRNA

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I am current working on getting by bsn. I was wondering if anyone could tell me what steps i need to prepare to get into a CRNA program. I am currently looking to attend Kaiser Permanente program. Also, What are some of the things I should consider before deciding to go to nursing school to become a CRNA? What is your outlook on the future of CRNAs?What are the positive and negative aspects of working as a CRNA? What math, english, biology, chem courses should i complete up to??? Any answers would be greatly appreciated.

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indecisiveRN has 6 years experience and specializes in ICU.

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I would start off by reading the 'sticky' thread at the top of this forum called "How to be a CRNA FAQ" (or something like that). It will answer a lot of your questions. You are likely to get a better response if you aren't asking general questions that a little research would answer.

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From what I have researched there are many things you can do to prepare yourself for both the program and the application process. Basic things include providing yourself with plenty of adult ICU experience. Most schools require at least one year of adult ICU experience but I have heard of University of Cincinnati considering PICU applicants. Along these lines you can/should work on obtaining your CCRN certification. This really demonstrates ICU proficiency and you can obtain either adult and peds version.

As far as academic preparation schools recommend physics/chem/etc. I suppose this is more to make you comfortable than an actual requirement but it can also serve to boost your GPA if necessary. Also it would be a good idea to start preparing for the GRE/MAT ahead of time. A solid score will really boost your application stats. Also along the knowledge sector, I would advise making sure you are proficient with all your applicable drugs/drips/etc.

Also shadowing a CRNA is really a good idea. It will give you a good idea of what to expect and also some programs require shadowing.

Finally and perhaps most importantly, financial preparation is VERY important (they even ask about this in interviews!). You need to make sure that you are financially ready to undertake this program. Be ready for unexpected expenses on top of rent/books/car/etc. Most students seem to rely on loans but you need to make sure you are comfortable. Do not expect to live a country club lifestyle as not working during the program makes that impossible...

As far as prospects I think you will always have a job but like any occupation you may need to be open to moving, even if it's just an hour or two away in your own state. I think that the benefits, compensation, and sign-on bonuses make moving practical and rewarding.

Not sure if this is what you were looking for but hope this helps...

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