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.
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!