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DreameRN has 10 years experience as a BSN.

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  1. DreameRN

    New CRNA licensure

    I am wondering if anyone can fill me in on how it would work for CRNA licensure. I am graduating from one state, but I won't be staying in this state, only am here for school. Primary license is the school state license. I am hoping to work in a different state. How does this work for CRNA license? Do I need to take my boards in a different state, or get my RN license switched prior to applying for CRNA license? Thanks!
  2. DreameRN

    Is the student loan for CRNA programs manageable?

    I'll likely have 200k in loans when I graduate. While this is daunting, as a CRNA typically you have a big shovel to pay things off. As an RN I had 60k. I made 60k roughly, and I was able to pay this off in 10 years. This along with things like buying cars, buying a house, putting my husband through school and other such things. I made paying them off a priority but not the highest As a CRNA I will likely make 160-200k+. I'm able and willing to move, as well as attend a program known for it's ability to graduate independent providers due to good clinical rotations, plenty of regional and OB, and such things so the probability of me picking a job with great pay and benefits is high. (fingers crossed) I plan to immediately refiance my 7-8% loans with either first republic if I am able, or sofi, earnest, or laural road as they typically offer CRNAs the lowest rates. I have seen 1.95% for first republic, and 3-4% with the others. This will cut down the interest I am accumulating. I plan to look for a job with a sign on bonus if possible and all of that will go to the loan. My cars will be paid off, my house has plenty of equity when I sell (if the market holds), and I was comfortable living on how much I made as an RN. The goal is to just chuck all the money at the loans til they are gone. Given these things, if I have a salary of 180k. 180k x .35 (taxes, SS, etc) =9750/mo AFTER taxes. I can pay 4k/mo on my loans comfortably, and still have 5750 to live on. And this does not consider my husbands income at all. And the fact that I will likely not need over 5k/mo to live on, and will probably pay more on my loans, and work overtime. But doing the 4k/mo in this scenario has me paying off my loans in 6 years, at the original rate of 7.8%. This is why I am okay with higher loan amount. Your individual situation may be different, but if you are debt adverse and don't have much now, and your CRNA loan will be the only thing, you can knock that out in as little as 2 years if you are dedicated. Look at this prepayment calculator below, it lets you enter in all the variables, and see how fast you could pay off with different amounts, interest rates, and time frames. Hope this helps. http://www.finaid.org/calculators/prepayment.phtml
  3. DreameRN

    FNP to CRNA, advice, thoughts, insight

    I guess the question is, do you want to be a CRNA or do you want to be FNP? If CRNA, it makes no sense to get FNP first. Getting FNP will likely take you out of the ICU, and a CRNA applicant needs current ICU (and no I haven't heard of a part time NP gig like that, especially for a new grad FNP, they will want full time most likely as you will need to learn the role). If you do your CRNA first, then you can practice and make a salary and then do one of the easier online or in person FNP programs at your own pace if you still desire that role. CRNA school is wildly inflexible and will require all your time and attention. There is no real shortcut to being CRNA as bluebolt above has said. You may not have to take a couple classes during the CRNA program, but if you do CRNA, you will be giving up 2-3 years of your life unable to work. There are no short post masters CRNA programs. I do not want to rain on your parade, but I hate to see you get a couple years down the road 25k in debt for FNP, and still want to do CRNA and then go back to the ICU for experience, and then take out 100K in loans for CRNA school. Either profession is great, but it would be much easier with the experience you already have to go RN to CRNA to FNP, than RN to FNP to ICU to CRNA. Not impossible, just much much harder. Good luck!
  4. DreameRN


    To have the best shot at getting into CRNA school, recent ICU experience is going to be your best bet. The higher acuity the better. There are a couple schools that will consider ICU further back but they are few and far between, and you will definitely have to prove that you get and know how to manage critical patients. just my .02. Good luck!
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    Has anyone gotten into school WITHOUT the GRE?

    The bigger name schools have a heftier price tag as well from what I've seen on here. Paying more money to fight for case time with residents just does not sound appealing to me. My school is around $85K. Duke is $136k. That's 50k more just in tuition. My school has a small class size and terrific clinical experience. We graduate with a student average of over 1000 cases, and over 3000 anesthesia hours. Multiple rural sites, plenty of regional 200+ blocks, etc. Look for a school like that so when you graduate, you aren't handicapped if you want to practice independently. I shopped around a lot and haunted these forums and nurse-anesthesia.org before it became defunct and picked up a lot of wisdom that helped a lot in picking a school and what to look for. I'm 2 months into my clinical, and I already have my required "10 blocks", and this is without having gone to one of the block heavy rotations that are still upcoming. I can't imagine graduating and feeling proficient only having done just the minimum. Some programs only get you those 10 and done. I'm also an "older" student, so I get the desire to get it started and get it done. There are many programs that don't require the GRE at all. My school requires it, but my profs say they literally don't look at it, and at this point it's just an added data point and it doesn't factor into admission yet so other schools could be the same. I did get rejected from one school I applied to because my quant score was 148 (I asked why/what I could do to improve and that was their answer), even though my overall was 310 so it does vary school to school. https://home.coa.us.com/accredited-programs/Pages/CRNA-School-Search.aspx This site is helpful to compare bare bones numbers and prices between schools. Good luck!
  6. DreameRN

    What lending did you use for school?

    It'll depend on each person and other factors like credit, etc. I did grad plus for the first year but this year I got a better rate with Sallie Mae private lender--think it was a health professionals one. Get the best rate you can.... just get through school, and then when you get out consolidate. I hear when you consolidate you get get lower rates as in 3-4% depending on the loan term you pick like 5 or 10 years as compared with 15. I hear So Fi, Laurel road, and earnest are good choices for consolidation.
  7. DreameRN

    How/when to reach out to prospective employers?

    I have a resume, which I have tweaked over the years depending on what I job I have applied for and is about a page long, and I used that to apply to school as well. My understanding is that a CV is much more involved and lengthy than a resume, and includes honors, grades, certs, job details, any research I have done....all much more in depth than a resume allows for. I could be wrong though, I think my program has us create one in our professional practice class down the road so I'm somewhat waiting for that.
  8. DreameRN

    How/when to reach out to prospective employers?

    The job you are taking sounds exactly like what I'm looking for. If you don't mind PM'ing me, I'd love to take a look at where it is. I want independence, blocks, lines, and 200 W2---and if there are 3 12s, that would be my dream job as well-- leaving me free to pick up per diem or locums to knock the nasty student loans down. There are locations we have in mind but the right job could trump that, we are very willing to move. Thank you for answering my question too, so you were about 10 months out when you applied. I still have to create a CV, so that's on the list of things to do. I too feel very lucky to be in this market and this career. My rural site where I'm at now, the CRNA says it wasn't like this 10 years ago, so very lucky.
  9. I'm just coming up on the halfway point in my 3 year program, and I'm wondering from those who are practicing/have groups, when is an appropriate time frame to reach out to groups I may be interested in. I have been keeping an eye on gaswork and have run across a couple jobs/groups that on paper match what I am looking for (of course since they sound great, they disappear fast off that site). I'm open to several different states, the most important thing to me is independent practice, secondarily pay/benefits. I still have a fairly significant amount of school left, but I was thinking about reaching out to the couple groups that had jobs posted to express my interest and open communication lines so they are aware of me if jobs come open around my graduation date. Is this prudent/smart to do, or should I wait until I have a full year of clinical under my belt? Any suggestions about how to go about getting a job in a different state than I went to school in? Luckily, my program is strong in regional, rural, clinical hours, and cases. IF I do contact them, what information should I include or how should I present my interest? Thanks for any advice!
  10. DreameRN

    can level 1 trauma IMCU/SICU Step-down experience get you into CRNA school?

    I can tell you that my school does. There is one kid in my class that has ER, and in the class above there's one, and at least one in the class below. By far, most have ICU, but my school at least considers those with ER and then proceeds from there if they like you with interview etc.
  11. DreameRN

    Advice for CRNA

    I can vouch for that. I also had subpar GPA due to goofing off my first couple years. I had a 3.5 BSN, but my pre reqs were mostly Cs, and my science GPA they look at was something like 2.7. I retook physiology, and chem, got As, and that brought my science GPA up to 3.2. They didn't need to see that I had graduate level classes, they needed to see that I could do the work. I had plans to retake others but got into school so I didn't need to. Most of the people you are competing against will not have graduate classes, and it's not worth the risk of getting a B, when you could get As in undergrad work. It was also super helpful to have those classes/material recent in my brain as I entered school. I also had about 10 years in the ICU which was helpful, and a 310 GRE. I've heard many times on here that you can have one hole in your application, not two. If you only have a year of ICU, and a sub par GPA, that'd be 2.
  12. DreameRN

    CRNAs: We are the Answer

    I hate the politics of this but for the sake of education, I will say what I have experienced as a CRNA student having just begun my 2nd of 3 total years. I have taken anatomy with cadaver lab/dissection. It is immensely helpful and our textbook was a med school text. Then we took Physiology and Pharmacology classes. As well as Chemistry physics. Pathophysiology. Much goes into this. Connecting the dots and relating it to my years and years as an ICU nurse taking care of sick sick people days in and days out. I would never denigrate med students or docs, they just had a different road to anesthesia and they bring amazing experience too. It would just be great if the opposite would be recognized as well. When you have stared at a patient struggling to breath for 3 12 hours shifts straight, and tried every intervention and thought through why this is happening, what helps it, what relieves it, what looks different on the vent, how changes to the vent affected it, what meds would help, interacted with docs-took orders, recommended changes based on my observations (because i'm at the bedside watching), recognized changes in vitals....etc over and over again for years---this experience has much value. Docs know what to do when I call with this, but I also knew (as an RN that is my scope of practice-I cannot order things on my own) because I knew the abnormals and what needs to happen especially by the 2nd, 4th, 6th, 8th year I've been doing this. I take all those skills learned over years to my role as an SRNA and the years I spend in CRNA school teach me the skills to make my own decisions off of that and that will be my new scope of practice. As we start clinicals year 2, a couple weeks in, I have already done blocks like and spinal. We start hearts and heads and our trauma rotations later in the program, but I promise you they are there. We also rotate into sites starting later this year and throughout the program that are CRNA only--so literally the only providers for anesthesia are CRNAs-- or sites that provide massive amounts of regional and epidural experience. I also think (and this is opinion) that if CRNAs were able to do fellowships at the academic centers in thoracic specialties, many of them would. I personally would love to if it were available. I agree that unfortunately all CRNA schools are not made equal, and when you have MD owned schools and thus MD directed/limited learning, they may not be as proficient as others, however many, many schools are and all of the skills (to my understanding) are within a CRNA's scope of practice.
  13. DreameRN

    Community Hospital for CRNA School

    This is the best. and so true, haha.
  14. DreameRN

    nurse anesthesia program starts soon...want to try CBD oil

    Personally I wouldn't risk it. IF you test positive, then it jeopardizes your license. I'm not positive about CBD oil itself, but since marijuana is federally illegal, and nearly all hospitals accept federal money, even if it is legal in your state, you could lose your job, license, and position in program. If you test positive for THC (which is all they will care about) you will still land in your state's monitoring program to even be able to keep your license and pay a crap ton in fees, and will be unable to work or participate in clinical sites. No RN license, no CRNA license. Take a look at the Recovery board on here, there are tons of people that have gotten nailed for similar innocuous things. It probably truly, truly sucks to have these headaches, but I wouldn't jeopardize your future. Go to the doctor and feel out any other options. I have already been tested once to start my primary clinical site, and its very possible they test you every time you go to a new site--but I don't know that for sure.
  15. DreameRN

    Kudos to you guys!

    Same goes here. Props to your strength and perseverance. I've started CRNA school, and we had a lecture (one of many to come I believe) on addiction rates that up to 18% of crnas have abuse issues. It was somewhat sobering to realize all the little things that could completely derail my career....and life. Any time there is access to drugs there can be issues...I of course think "I have no desire for drugs, this would never happen to me" ( false human arrogance) but I've read so many posts here similarly so....Forewarned is for armed and it's a caution to stay vigilant--I've changed my patterns, I won't drive if I've had any more than one drink, etc. Thank you. I started reading here out of curiosity but I truly root for many of you that are beating the odds and staying clean. I look forward to many more "I did it, I'm clean, and done with monitoring posts!"

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