I Need Some FeedBack From Some SRNA's/CRNA's


I will be applying to a Masters Program to be a Nurse Anesthetist soon and I wanted to get some feedback from some people who have "been there, done that". Wanted to see how long you worked in Acute Care before applying and being admitted to your graduate program :bugeyes:. How was/is your graduate program? What school do/did you attend?

A few schools have added a combined Masters and Doctorate of Anesthesia program. Has anyone gone through a program such as this? What added incentive is it to get a Doctorate in addition to the Masters? One school in particular states that their Doctoral program is practice-focused verses research focused. That being said, is this Doctorate still the same as a researchers PhD? :icon_roll

This school also states that their program prepares experts for specialized roles within in anesthesia. They say that graduates are prepared to accept positions as expert clinicians. What is an "expert clinician"?:idea:



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Specializes in ICU, currently in Anesthesia School. Has 5 years experience.

-Ok, I'll field this for all the others that have answered before.-


Please educate yourself on the career that you are interested in. This board is a wealth of information (use the search function and check out the stickies) and I refer you to the AANA's web site for accredited programs and entry requirements. Anesthesia school is demanding, time consuming, and will require a full time commitment.

For example- My program is front loaded, class 5 days a week (8a to between 3 and 4 pm), with the weekends being catchup time for studying (I usually spend 16 hours on saturdays just to keep current, Sundays are for trying to read/study ahead- there are those in my class who do not have to study as much, but they do spend a majority of their time in the books.)

Clinical rotations start after the first year of the above schedule and the average "work week" is 60-90 hours.(More if you count the hours spent prepping for the next days cases.)

As for the DNP- I will let you peruse the board for other posts as to this requirement and will leave you to decide on your own as to whether it is worth it. And no, it is not an equivalent to a PhD in any of the basic sciences-IMHO

As to your expert clinician question- in eduese it means the program prepares you to administer anesthesia as an independant provider- capable of administering a safe anesthetic to any and all patient populations.

Hope this helps.-



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Ready4CRNA, thanks for your response and advise. And yes, I was born ready.....

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