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    California Health Corps

    Haven't seen a any posts about the California Health Corps. Did anyone register for this? Thoughts? Any information on when we will hear back or when people would be "deployed"? I am an RN student due to graduate in May. I'm wondering if they will still take students even though it sounds like at least 25k licensed professionals applied. Stay safe everyone!
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    Loma Linda new grad RN Summer 2020

    Anyone apply to the RN new grad program at Loma Linda University medical center for this Summer? I haven't seen any posts on here about it so was wondering if anyone has any information on if anything will be delayed due to the pandemic, or if anyone has heard anything back from them about their application. Also what units did you guys apply to!?
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    Initial License in California

    Hello everyone, When should I submit my application for initial license by examination for California? I am attending school in Arizona, graduating May 8th. The CA BON website says if you are attending a school in CA to submit it 2-3 weeks before graduation, but does not specify for out of state schools. I am thinking I need to submit it about 2 months before (in the next week or so) but am not sure and don't want to mess it up. My professors don't really know and the hold times for calling the BON are ridiculous. I'm hoping someone can tell me their experience and give me some advice. Thank you
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    Path to CRNA/ ICU, please help!

    Ahh I see, still nice to be able to do it from home though. Sounds like it could be really early morning classes if its at the same time as the students in Texas? I don't doubt my ability to get As as long as I don't take too many at the same time while working. Just wondering which would be best. I know USC requires physics so that was my plan as I plan on applying to all the schools in CA that have switched to entry level doctorate programs. However, if I am really going for Kaiser was thinking patho/pharm might be more beneficial.
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    Path to CRNA/ ICU, please help!

    ICUman: I have considered getting a job as a CNA (thought about trying to do EMT over the summer to get into the ED, but decided it was too expensive) but feel like I may get more valuable experience as a Vet Tech. I learn a lot from the vets, especially now that I have more knowledge from school and know what questions to ask. Obviously it is experience with animals and not people so I know that a CNA job would give me a better chance of getting hired. However, I feel like being a Vet Tech I will learn more about physiology, pharm as well as get more experience with venipuncture and things like that that would hopefully make me a better ICU nurse. On the other hand as a CNA I would get a better feel for the hospital setting, caring for people and how things work in the ICU. I'm also sure I would make more money keeping my current job. Not sure what to do... thoughts anyone?
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    Path to CRNA/ ICU, please help!

    I'm taking gen chem now over the summer, but would never consider adding anything during fall/spring semester. Do you think Physics (I haven't taken any), o-chem/biochem or patho/pharm would be more helpful? That's great to hear that about that program, it sounds like it could be a good option for me since my GPA may not be super high but I feel as though I do pretty well with interviews. And the online classes sound pretty nice. Its nice to hear a concrete answer that any ICU would be a better option than another department, I kind of thought that but wasn't sure.
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    Path to CRNA/ ICU, please help!

    I had no idea the program you're in existed! That sounds like another great option since I have family in Upland. How do you like the online classes? It's interesting that they do live video streams. As I mentioned before I did not do too great my first couple semesters of community college. I got a few Cs mainly in liberal study classes (history, public speaking etc.) I have As in all sciences classes luckily. I have noticed most program's GPA requirements say within the last 60 credit hours. Do you know if this is all they look at? or is that simply for requirement purposes and admission is based off of overall cumulative GPA? I am trying to decide if taking more science classes over the next couple summers (physics, ochem, biochem, advanced patho etc.) or retaking the classes I got Cs in (well over 60 credits ago) would be a better option. It seems as though getting into any ICU out of school and then transferring to a larger hospital would be better than getting into a large hospital and working my way up? Great input, thank you for your advice!
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    Path to CRNA/ ICU, please help!

    Thanks for the advice! I will start looking into internship opportunities. Is that pretty similar to volunteering or is it more formal/ educational? Also a side note. If I were to start in a different department about how long do you think it would take to work my way into the ICU? Obviously this would be dependent on many factors, but in general how long does it seem to take? Also does anyone think that my background as a Vet Tech will help me when applying? I know animals are different, but a lot of the medicine and skills required are very similar. It seems to be helping me in school, but I'm not sure if it will help in getting a job or if it will simply be discounted since it is not experience caring for humans?
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    Path to CRNA/ ICU, please help!

    I guess I am getting a bit ahead of myself. I just like to plan things, but you are right I'm sure many things will change by then. I'm guess I am mainly just trying to decide where I should do my preceptorship since I know I will have a better chance of getting hired wherever I do it. You are right though I am a bit of a stress case so I should probably just relax and deal with it when I have to instead of worrying about it now.
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    Path to CRNA/ ICU, please help!

    Thank you for your input! I definitely don't expect to get straight into the ICU and know that it would take a lot of hard work, but I definitely would like to. I am fully prepared for the reality that I will likely have to work in another department first and would love to work in the ED if ICU is not an option (I know that won't be easy either). And yes CCRN is required for the program which I believe you need at least a year of experience to be able to get. I definitely would like to become a CRNA as soon as possible but am not going to rush through bedside nursing to get to that, I know that putting in the time and hard work in the ICU and getting that exposure is very important for becoming a good anesthetist. I do not plan on applying until I know I am ready and have enough experience to make the most of the program, I can't imagine being at that point after only one year. I did not mean to sound arrogant, I know I have a long way to go and a lot to learn before any of this can become a reality, but I like to set my goals high and would absolutely love to get into the ICU as quickly as possible. I plan on getting ACLS asap and of course CCRN when I am eligible. Are there any other certifications I should be looking into? Other than getting good grades, which of course is extremely important, do you have any other recommendations of things I can do to help me get into the ICU straight out of school?
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    Path to CRNA/ ICU, please help!

    Well I definitely want to have good experience before starting CRNA school so I can make the most of it. I have also heard the education/training at FMC is good, but haven't heard much else. It sounds like it may not be a bad idea to start there if I could get into the ICU residency program but seems like I should definitely go somewhere busier before applying to get more experience?
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    Path to CRNA/ ICU, please help!

    Thanks for the reply! I will look into UMC as well as MMC. Do you think it would be better to go there or somewhere in Cali over FMC even if I couldn't get straight into the ICU? Lets say I apply to each and get offered ICU at FMC but med/surg or something at the others, do you think would be a better to try to work my way up at the other hospitals or gain experience at FMC and then apply to a larger hospital?
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    Path to CRNA/ ICU, please help!

    Hello everyone! I am looking for some advice on my path to becoming a CRNA. I am looking for pretty specific advice on my situation so this may be a little lengthy so bear with me. Any help would be greatly appreciated!! A bit about myself: I am a 23yo male from Southern California. I am currently in my first year of a BSN program in Flagstaff, Arizona at NAU (will be 25 when I graduate). I have worked as a Vet Tech for several years at an emergency vet which is where my interest in anesthesia developed (not just interested in the money). I have experience in intubation, monitoring, recovery etc.. and I feel as though I have a good understanding of what CRNAs do and I am sure this is what I want to do. I went to community college for several years before transferring. I didn't do too great there (because I was young and foolish and wasn't trying). I have gotten straight As since transferring, including As in all college science classes i have taken. I plan on taking gen chem, O chem, biochem and possibly physics or other classes the next couple summers (not included in my program) to further my education. My goal: Become a CRNA and live in southern California. I would ideally like to attend the Kaiser CRNA program through Cal State Fullerton. The requirements for this program include 1yr ICU expereince: Minimum of one year of current full time clinical registered nursing experience in adult critical care ICU. The Adult ICU requirement can be satisfied by working in any kind of Adult ICU environment, such as a Medical ICU, Surgical ICU, Coronary Care Unit, Trauma ICU, Cardiovascular ICU, Neuro ICU, Burn ICU, and CT ICU. The following experience is NOT considered adult critical care: emergency room, post anesthesia care unit, step down unit, and cath lab. However on their site under how to be a competitive applicant it says this: Have at least 2-3 years of current adult ICU experience in a large metropolitan teaching facility This is where I need advice. My goal is to get back to SoCal asap. I miss my family and the beach. However, I would also like to be able to become a CRNA asap (ideally by the time I'm 30-32). I am willing to do whatever it takes to make that happen. The way I see it I have a few options: 1-Do my preceptorship at the local hospital, FMC (which is a level 1 trauma center, but I'm pretty sure doesn't count as a large metropolitan teaching facility) and try to get hired straight into the ICU here. Work here for a couple years then try to transfer to a large teaching hospital ICU in San Diego or LA. It sounds like I could have a good chance of getting hired into the ICU here if I do well in clinicians and volunteer but it could take a while to get into a large teaching hospital after starting here. 2-Do my preceptorship at a large teaching hospital in Phoenix/Tucson and try to get hired into the ICU there straight out of school. This seems like it could be the fastest but would not be ideal since I do not have an interest in living in Phoenix and feel as though it would be hard to get hired straight into the ICU. 3-Do my preceptorship at the local hospital and try to get hired at a large teaching hospital in San Diego or LA. I'm not sure if i'd be able to get straight into the ICU this way, but could start in a different department and try to work my way up within the hospital? This seems like it might be the slowest option but would get me back home the fastest. Basically my questions is which route do I pursue? I know this dependent on a lot of different factors, but having a specific goal to work toward has always been helpful for me. I know I am thinking about all this a little early, but I know this is what I want to do. I just want to reach the requirement as soon as possible, that way when I am confident enough in my abilities and knowledge to apply to the program there will be nothing stopping me. Thank you for reading! Any input or advice either related to my question or not would be greatly appreciated!
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