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Hi, I am only starting on my pre-reqs for my BSN right now, but I want to get a good idea of where to go to CRNA school at in the future to know their qualifications, but my question is, Is it alright to attend school 70 miles away and commute there everyday, or is it too much stress to add to the schooling?

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Hi, I am only starting on my pre-reqs for my BSN right now, but I want to get a good idea of where to go to CRNA school at in the future to know their qualifications, but my question is, Is it alright to attend school 70 miles away and commute there everyday, or is it too much stress to add to the schooling?
I think, IMHO, that you're pushing it with a 70 mile commute. Look at the entire program and check out the affiliate hospitals where you may be doing clinical. Do they add additional mileage to your commute each day? Will that now make your commute 80miles, 90 miles or even 100miles each day? Will you need to leave home at 3-4am to get to your sites (b/c you know, you'll have to be there earlier than your instructor) This can be incredibly stressful and gets old very easily. You'll be spending more time in your car and at school than with your family. Consider also, wear and tear on your automobile. Students aren't generally rolling in cash, so any car problem puts extra pressure on you, just when you don't need it. Also, think of weather issues. Illinois has been known to be cold and snowy during your fall and winter and spring months:) . Will there be a problem getting to class and clinical on time during winter storms?

I know of one student who does live about 100 miles from school, he rents a place in town and goes home on the weekends. This may be an option for you. I'd start saving your money today. Make a bank account just for school expenses/living expenses and use that along with your loans to move closer to your school of choice.

regards and good luck

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I am starting at SIUE in a few weeks and because of the programs spread out clinical sites, I know that I am in for some traveling. I think that you need to consider if the program that you are thinking about attending is the ideal school for you. There are three other programs in the state. You should also consider if relocating is an option for you.

For me not getting into anesthesia school was more of a stressful thought than having to frequently travel to clinical sites.

Thanks,

tlittlej :rotfl:

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traumaRUs has 27 years experience as a MSN, APRN, CNS and specializes in Nephrology, Cardiology, ER, ICU.

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I live near Peoria and the Bradley program starts in Peoria and moves to Decatur for the last 20 months!

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