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    Like some other people who posted on this site, I too have an interview on August 22, for Barry's CRNA program beginning in January. I'm extremely nervous about the quiz portion of the interview. I will have just over a year of ICU experience in January (7 months Medical, 6 months Trauma). What sorts of clinical and chemistry questions do they ask on the quiz? I took various chemistry courses, but that was 6 years ago. Should I just brush up on basic general and organic chemistry information? And possibly review some CCRN stuff? Any information would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!

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    Like you, nursing was my 2nd career choice. First I got my bachelor's in Journalism from Michigan State University, a reasonably priced big 10 school that still left me with educational loans to pay off. TButhen when I decided that I didn't want to be a journalist ("Why do they let 18 year olds choose a career?" I couldn't have said it better myself), I had to go back and take ALL my pre-reqs for nursing school. After completing my pre-reqs, I went on to attend a private nursing school in Florida. I am now left with an ENORMOUS amount of debt to pay off.

    I have found a job and have started to pay off my school loans, but thinking about the number still gives me a stomach ache. The good thing about nursing is that there are so many ways to move up in the field to make more money. Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Anesthetist or nursing administration are all good examples. You dont have get stuck making $50,000/year for the rest of your life and never pay off your loans. Personally I'm headed to Nurse Anesthetist school in a year or two.

    I'm not going to tell you that you should DEFINITELY be a nurse and that its soooo worth the amount of debt you will accrue. But in this economy, it is somewhat recession proof. You are not alone. Higher education is expensive these days. If not nursing, research some PA programs, or if you're willing, take your MCATS and apply to medical school. Any way you look at it, you will be taking out more loans for school. But ask any person in their 40s/50s, extremely successful who's gone through a lot of schooling and they will probably say they are still paying off their loans.

    Like I said, you are not alone!! I hope this helps. Good luck!!!