Thanks for responding! I do appreciate your perspective and I definitely don't feel like I know everything there is to know in the ICU, but I do come home from every shift and study the patho of my patients. I look up the mechanism of actions for the drugs and drips that they are on and make sure I have a full clinical picture of them. Because of this, I feel that I've excelled far past the other nurses who were on orientation with me! I graduated nursing school and came into a SICU with the intentions of applying to CRNA school, so I have tried my best to make this quality experience. That being said, I completely hear you. I decided only to apply to my first choice school this year because by the time of the programs start I will have 2 years. If I get in, then I'm taking it as "a sign" and going to put my work in and continue to make the most out of my experience. But if not, I will wait till next year and apply to all of the schools on my list and have 3 years by the time I enter a program.
All of that being said, in your experience as a clinical coordinator, what experiences/roles/extracurricular things outside of the unit makes a candidate stand out? So far my *stand out* feat. is that I've presented undergraduate research at my states association of nurse anesthetist conference. Besides that I graduated with a 3.78 GPA, 3.84 Science. I'm currently on a SICU at a level 1 trauma university hospital, I have my CCRN, and im preparing for GRE... Is there anything you would recommend, outside of more experience, to strengthen my application for when the time does come for me to apply?