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Reno1978 has 6 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in SRNA.

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    University of Minnesota DNP 2015

    Decisions went out today, I heard.
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    Anyone Travel to Minneapolis and Stay for Good?

    Thanks for all of the advice - sorry for my late reply. Things worked out for the best and he was offered a hospital based position before we moved and he only had 8-9 mos of experience at the time, so I feel that was very forunate. I'm shocked at how well nurses are treated here. He's making as a new nurse (1 year exp on the pay scale) as much working a .75 FTE as I was back home working a .9 FTE with 6 years experience. So cool!
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    Depends on the school. Most master's programs are 24-30 months. Most doctorate programs are 36 months. A list of all schools can be found here: CRNA School Search The search results include program length in months. Hope this helps!
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    I used the Kaplan book to review for the GRE. I also had a friend give me flashcards for GRE vocabulary to help in that area (also by Kaplan). I found the Kaplan book to be a great review for some math concepts that I was rusty with. Also, the strategies to help plan for the essays helped me get a 5.0 (97th percentile) on my essay score. I was satisfied with my GRE scores and ended up getting into nurse anesthesia school.
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    what if...

    So you just need good grades and a language exam if English isn't your native tongue. I didn't need volunteer experience or letters of recommendation. Good luck!
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    what if...

    It took me four semesters to do prereqs. I would look at the website and see what they require. Things may have changed since I went. I didn't need a recommendation letter or volunteer experience when I applied.
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    GRE scores

    Cool! Best of luck to you. nurse-anesthesia.org has a nice interview prep guide somewhere on their forums - check that out! It has many common questions so you can practice and other information you may be challenged to know during an interview.
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    what if...

    UNR did not have an examination to enroll in the nursing program. You should be able to apply after doing the core curriculum and prerequisites. I couldn't find anything about an entrance exam on their website when I looked.
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    Relocating to Minneapolis: OR jobs/agencies question

    Well, I'm relocating this fall, too, so the only info I can provide you with is the time to process your license by endorsement. I submit my online application and license verification (I was able to use Nursys) on 4/28. They require a "Confirmation of Nursing Employment" form to be filled out by your current employer, so I did that on 4/29 and mailed the form to the board of nursing on 4/30. My license was issued on 5/5. If your original state of licensure and current state of licensure doesn't utilize Nursys for license verification services, there will probably be further delay as you have to submit a physical form to the board(s) of nursing to verify your license via snail mail. I'm curious if you've had any luck, or even started, with finding employment. My husband is a RN and is looking into the possibility to using a agency to find a job. I'll be enrolled in grad school and won't be working.
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    How old were you when you began?

    I'll be 36 when I start my nurse anesthesia program this fall. 39 when I graduate in fall of 2017.
  11. I'm relocating to Minneapolis for grad school in August and will not be working. My husband is a working RN who will have a year of experience this fall. We were thinking it might be a good idea for him to utilize a travel agency to get his foot in the door at some Twin Cities hospitals. I've heard there is a demand for travel nurses in Minneapolis in the wintertime. This way, we'd get some help with living expenses, and he'd get to check out some facilities and can either move along or pursue a permanent position at a hospital he likes. It almost seems like an easier way to explore job opportunities than trying to secure permanent positions while living/working out of state. Thoughts?
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    Did You Know You Wanted to Do Anesthesia Before...

    When I was researching how to become a nurse, I learned about the CRNA role. It helped solidify my decision to become a RN. Once I was in nursing school and did my OR rotation, I ended up with a surgeon doing spinal surgeries through a microscope and a 1" incision, so since I couldn't see anything, I hung out with anesthesia all day and watched what he did. After that, I knew I wanted to become a CRNA. I've also shadowed CRNAs on OB floors, outpatient eye surgery centers and regular hospital OR, and it was really nice to see some of the practice settings CRNAs work in. I start my schooling to become a CRNA this fall and I'm excited about my future profession.
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    Jobs in Reno:

    I moved away in 2009. I'm still a RN. I wouldn't go back to Reno to work as a RN is what I meant to convey. It's not an awful place to work, but the grass was definitely a lot greener when I arrived in WA state (salary, working conditions, benefits, etc).
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    Anyone else starting UMN this Fall?

    Yeah. From WA state.
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    Samuel Merritt University CRNA Program

    1 year is the bare minimum. No programs will accept less than 1 year. Some programs require more.
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    Samuel Merritt University CRNA Program

    Get your BSN. Work at least one year in a busy ICU. Apply. SMU interviews in March and classes start in August so that gives you plenty of time to get your CA nursing license, if you're accepted.