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yesrun has 2 years experience as a MSN and specializes in CVICU.

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    KUMC Class of 2022

    Got my invite to interview! Best of luck everyone!
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    KUMC Class of 2022

    Hey everyone! I had submitted my application for KUMC Class of 2022 a bit ago, and the deadline was today! Anyone else here apply? They say interview requests come mid September and are held in October on preset dates. This is the first school I've applied to and my top choice. Fingers crossed!
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    Night Shifters - Hobbies?

    Hey there, I'm new to the nightshift and I decided to make my sleep schedule as consistent as possible, so on my nights off I'm staying up until about 3-4 am and sleeping until 1-2 pm (I work 6-6 and sleep from 7 am to about 1-2 pm after worknights). With that said, my wife is in bed by 10 and I have 5-6 hours by myself and I AM SO BORED. I need a viable nighttime hobby. I usually like being outdoors or exercising, but not after midnight. I'm tired of watching Grey's Anatomy and farting around on my computer. What do you folks do to keep yourselves entertained on your off time in the middle of the night? I'm dying for something interesting, I'm curious as to what other people in my situation are doing. Thanks for sharing:) A
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    Boston College 2020 CRNA Applicants

    Hey everyone! I'm a new grad and I'm hoping to go to BC or NEU. Congrats to those who got in!! Would some of you mind sharing your stats? I'm confident I'll get in but I'd like to know how I stack up. Congrats again!
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    CRNA applicant - am I missing anything?

    Thanks for the input! Why do you suggest three years? Just curious 🙂
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    CRNA applicant - am I missing anything?

    Thank you! That's the plan for the next couple years for sure.
  7. Hey all, I have just finished up an accelerated direct entry master's in nursing and am planning on applying to CRNA school within the next few years. Here's the synopsis of me: MSN w/ CNL: GPA 3.93 (All A's and 2 A-'s I think) B.S. In Biomedical Science: GPA 3.46 (chem/bio/ochem/biochem all B's and A's). I might have to retake a couple prereqs if they expire depending on the school's requirements when I apply; I'm confident I'll get A's if I have to retake anything. I'm starting my career on an interventional cardiac medical unit (they classify as a progressive care unit). I'm hoping to transfer into their CVICU or another ICU within the next 12-18 months. I would like to work in the ICU for 1.5-2 years before applying, and plan on having CCRN at that point as well. I'll be 27 or 28 when I apply. I'm also male if that changes anything (I hear it does from some people, that it doesn't from others). I have shadowed two CRNAs for a total of 20 hours so far, will probably do another 40-50 hours because it was fun lol. I'll also take the GRE a few months before I apply. With all that said, I have been very confident that I'd get accepted based on my nursing GPA, but I'm not sure if my undergrad GPA will hold me back at all. Basically I just grew up and performed better in school the second time around because I learned time management and took it more seriously. What do y'all think? Is there anything I'm missing that I should work on, and will I have a pretty good shot at most places I apply? I live in the Boston area with my wife and would ideally like to go to BC or Northeastern if possible to avoid relocation. Thanks for any input!
  8. Hey all, So here's my situation, starting with some background about what I want: I take the NCLEX (and hopefully pass) in June, and will officially graduate in August (DEMN program). I would like to pursue CRNA school in the future, which means I would like to get into an ICU pretty soon after graduation. My capstone is on a stepdown unit which I happen to love and would be more than happy to start my career there before moving to an ICU. So here's the dilemma. The manager pulled me aside yesterday and told me that they would be willing to hold a position for me if I was interested. I was psyched! The only problem is that the only position they have available to hold is per diem... Now the thing is I absolutely love this hospital. It's walking distance from home, has a great CVICU that I would love to transition to, the people there are great, etc. The problem is I have $60,000+ in student loans, a mortgage, two car payments, and I will be responsible for providing benefits like health insurance to my wife and I. I need a full time job, but I also don't want to pass up a sure thing, especially since the sure thing is at the place I love. I know full time opportunities at this hospital could present themselves after I start per diem and I would have an advantage to attain those positions, but that's not guaranteed to happen. I want to take this job, but I don't know if I should. I don't want to burn bridges saying no, but I don't wan to pass up a sure opportunity. I know I could apply for full time positions elsewhere, but who's to say I'll even get them? WHAT DO I DO? I know none of you can give me the perfect answer - I'm really just looking for a little advice from outside people. Maybe some of you have gone through something similar. Thanks for any help you can give! A
  9. I do agree with this. I'll again point out that our instructors make it very clear that we will not be entering into the field of nursing with our first position being that of a CNL. We understand that a position such as that will come with at least a few years of experience. It's also worth noting that a CNL, from what I gather, isn't like a charge nurse or nurse manager. I don't see them in our area hospitals managing or bossing around other nurses. It's more of a QC/QI position at the systems level, rather than managing individual practice of RNs. Regardless, I remain believing that I will not fill that role for quite some time.
  10. Thanks for all of the replies, everyone! I agree that while you may be able to get some more experience in an externship with a traditional BSN, the coursework and clinical time for accelerated programs is all the same. Sure, I may miss out on that externship/internship, but I wouldn't say that that makes accelerated programs inferior, as those externships are optional, as posted above. As far as the "kool-aid" goes... Traditional BSN at my state university IN-STATE TUITION + fees: ~$96,000, not including room, board, etc. Accelerated MSN, CNL IN-STATE TUITION + fees: ~$45,000 Half the time, half the cost. They aren't robbing me by any means. Kool-aid? Why would I go through a full 4 year BSN program nearing 30 years old with a family to support when there is an option to get a BSN equivalent in half the time? The education remains the same, albeit faster. Those who can't learn at that pace are weeded out. That doesn't, however, change the fact that I feel that I won't be ready based on the education provided, regardless of the length of time it takes to provide. And, I am coming into this with over 5 years of EMS experience, which does count for something. I bet it's more valuable than a 3 month externship. Other people who career change bring their own individual experiences from their years in their previous career. I would argue that a 30 year old former engineer coming into nursing through an accelerated program would be just as, if not more qualified than a 21 year old traditional BSN student. Same knowledge/education in nursing, significant difference in life and work experience. Maturity in work and life goes a long, long way.
  11. Yeah, I tend to get ahead of myself. An admitted weakness. In regards to the Paramedic thing, yes, I understand that in specific regards to EMS the only "degree" that mattered was their Paramedic vs my AEMT certification. I know my bachelor's has nothing to do with EMS and in no way puts me ahead of them in the EMS profession. I was simply using this as an example to show that I do not put the value of my technically higher degree/education ahead of their much greater level of experience and expertise compared to myself. Likewise, I will not flaunt my future MSN to ASN/ADN RNs as if I'm more qualified than they are, as that is simply not the case.
  12. Ah, I see. Thank you again for your replies Mavrick. I had looked into some residency programs. I think that's a great option, however I admittedly know very little about them. Yes, I'm starting to get the feeling that this is just how it is going to feel until I really get some experience under my belt.
  13. I'm not sure if the credit you're giving me is facetious or not. I'll choose to take it as a compliment, since I do know that that can be a problem. I have a bachelor's degree as it is and my former work experience was with many folks who had "lower" degree's than mine (paramedics specifically). It's not the degree that matters, it's the experience & expertise, which I'm sure you agree with. I'm an adult changing careers after years in EMS after college, not a child with a chip on my shoulder. I don't expect this to be a problem. I understand your concern with the accelerated programs. However, education costs and the length of schooling are certainly factors to contend with in real life. I am not financially able to afford a full 4 year education without working, and likewise cannot take more than 18 months of "no free time" away from my family and life. I don't think those things should hold me back from pursuing this career, and accelerated programs are a great answer to this issue. With that said, this program educates me at the BSN level for clinical nursing and the rest is for CNL, which we are told to practice in the future after we gain some experience as opposed to directly out of school. Lastly, I put 5 years in regards to my experience as an AEMT, not nursing. As I said in a post above, I'm new to this forum. Is this incorrect? Is it only for nursing experience? I can change this if needed. Thank you for your insight! I appreciate honesty in this.
  14. I've heard the same thing, and honestly sort of expect that. I just don't like that feeling - I'd much rather prefer to know what I'm doing going in. Maybe that's just the reality and I need to accept it? Hmmm.
  15. Thank you! I appreciate the words of encouragement. I suppose I may be getting a little ahead of myself.
  16. My apologies, I'm new to the forums here - I'm not familiar with everyone's knowledge base or qualifications. Thus far, our instructors have said most of us will probably not fill any type of CNL role directly out of school. That will come with some experience. The expectation is that most of us will work as a "regular" RN, if you will, for at least a couple years. That said, I plan on doing just that. I'd like to hit the ground running as a staff nurse. In the future, I'm not entirely sure what I'd like to do specifically with the CNL. Only about 50% of the hospitals in my area actually recognize/hire in the CNL role, and I haven't dismissed the idea of an FNP or something of the sort down the road either.