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JWOkStRN has 6 years experience and specializes in Neuro-Trauma ICU.

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    GRE and admission to CRNA school

    I'm currently attending FIU.
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    GRE and admission to CRNA school

    I cannot answer to what they will and will not overlook. I do know that should you be granted an interview they will ask you to explain what you feel contributed to the low score. Retaking it is always a good idea if your performance is subpar. I had over a 300 but had a lower Quant score and they inquired about it. I explained that I underestimated the difficulty of the math and that I inadequately prepared for that portion of the exam. I also had a substantially poor GPA from my first degree because I enjoyed socializing more than my major. They asked about that and I explained my immaturity and reinforced that I had demonstrated exceptional academic performance since then. I'm telling you this to show that you can have "deficiencies", yet still be a competitive candidate. There's more to it than just numbers. Best of luck.
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    GRE and admission to CRNA school

    They'll ask a bout the GRE score in interview. Just be prepared to answer for your short comings. It's only one part of a whole person/package they are evaluating.
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    CRNA FIU Starting Spring 2019

    Yes, I am currently in a cohort. Just finished first semester distance learning. It's hard to have a real gauge bc I'm still out of state and class is currently online, but so far I enjoy my classmates and the program. The instructors are supportive and provide quick feedback. I'm looking forward to seeing everyone in person in August. Stat wise, I'm kinda atypical I guess you would say. I'm an ADN with a Bachelor in another discipline, and almost a second Bach in Bio (I was one semester shy of finishing that), I have 330 undergrad credits. My GPA from my bachelor was abysmal. 2.4 GPA. Yeah. Young. Immature. Hated my major. Liked to socialize more than study. After grad went into the USAF, went back to school and was a stellar student. Was pre-med and had 3.5+ in all of my science and math classes. I have more science than the average bear above the general requirements. Genetics, Immunology, Physics I&II, Cell Biology, premed stuff. I double majored in nursing school in Graphic Design and finished with a 3.4(ish) GPA. GRE 302, Writing 4.5, 5 Years (at time of application) Neuro Trauma ICU experience, CCRN, ACLS, BLS, PALS, relief Charge, preceptor, specialty Stroke Alert nurse for our nurse driven stroke program, over 30 hours shadow time in two different facilities. Hope that helps. Everyone is different and everyone has strengths and weaknesses. It can be difficult to rack and stack yourself against others when selection can be relative. Yes. There are baseline "Stats" so to speak, but I feel there is much more to program selection than tangible stats. "Stats" get you interviews, your interview is what gets you selected. I'm no guru, I can only offer advice from my own experience. Best of luck.
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    CRNA FIU Starting Spring 2019

    I got my invitation for interview on May 2nd last year. However, I was that over achiever that had my application turned in by February. I interviewed May 19th and had my acceptance letter May 31st. Hope that gives you an idea of the time line. Good luck to all those applying.
  6. khalStorm, While being proactive is a very good thing, my advice is to hold off before you start taking graduate level courses since you just boarded. Take some time to focus on your new position, especially if you're new to the ICU. It can be information overload and piling graduate level courses on top may overwhelm you. Just my two cents. Good luck.
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    Appropriate Graduate Program CV

    My opinion, no more than 2 pages MAX. Mine was maybe 1.5 with all the fluff-n-stuff. A CV is typically longer than a traditional resume in the first place. Hope that helps. Best wishes.
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    CRNA FIU Starting Spring 2019

    I am currently in FIU's program and finishing my first semester. I got in with an abysmal GPA from my first Bach degree (2.45...yeah, partied a lot, hated my major, young and stupid, you get the picture). Had since then been a Pre-Med student with tons of upper divis tough Science classes and double majored in Nursing School and did well. 6 years Neuro-Trauma ICU experience (5 at time of interview), 302 cum GRE with 4.5 writing, CCRN, relief charge, preceptor, specialty Stroke RN, 30+ hours of shadow time. It's all relative. They will ask you about that GPA, just be honest. PM me if you have any other questions. Good luck.
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    What kind of loans for CRNA school?

    I did federal loans and Grad Plus. Grad plus will lend up to the cost of school just like a private loan. Just know that with a private lender (like Sallie Mae) the school has to certify that the amount you are requesting is appropriate to the cost of attendance. Hope that helps.
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    CRNA application- am I qualified?

    You are definitely on the right track. Selection to a program is relative to what a program is looking for in their candidates. Each program weighs different aspects of their application and selection process differently Best bet is to contact the programs you are interested in and speak to someone in the department about what would make you a competitive applicant. Additionally, I agree that shadowing is a good idea. Some individuals only shadow a few hours, some several hours. I put in 32 hours of shadow time with two different CRNAs at 2 different facilities that serve different populations. I, also, had the "luxury", so to speak, of being able to apply anywhere in the country I wanted to bc my husband and I do not have children and we were willing to relocate. It gave me the opportunity to select programs that I felt would be a good fit for me. Remember, you should be vetting programs as much as programs are vetting you. Just my two cents. :) Best of luck on your endeavor. I know all too well the stress of wondering if you stack up competitively against the rest.
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    How many schools did you apply to?

    Applied to 3. Interviewed at 2. Accepted. Had a list of 9.
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    Am I competitive

    Competitiveness is relative to the program and the class of applicants. You seem to have great STATs. Most programs desire a GRE score of >300 as a generic baseline for you to shoot for. Best of luck!!!
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    Got into CRNA school. now cold feet?

    I am in the same position. No cold feet but some trepidation as Bluebolt said. My husband and I don't have kids, but we are liquidating everything we own, selling our home, and relocating across the country for me to attend school. My hubby will graduate with his BSN in a May and then in July we are off to Miami. We know this will be a huge life change for us, but we are in this together and have a great support system. We won't have any family nearby (Alabama will be the closest at 10-12 hours away), but we have each other and our schnauzer. Sometimes you just gotta jump even when the gorge is wide.
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    Nursing Experience for CRNA school

    No one is trying to dumb down experience here. I'm sure you have gotten to see and experience great things. However, I caution you on thinking that because you've cared for a specific population of patients that all others are easy in comparison. There's a fine line between confidence and arrogance. You will be humbled at some point in your career. We all like to feel that bc we are ICU nurses, we are the baddest of asses. You've got to realize that this is much bigger than ego. It's about the patient and their life. I hope you accomplish great things, but I also hope you will look back and think about how you were at 1 year in the ICU vs 5 years (should you choose to be beside that long). Experience and maturity will change your perspective.
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    Nursing Experience for CRNA school

    Just because someone is not recovering hearts and working in a MICU/STICU or what have you, does not mean they are not dealing with hemodynamics. Quality does make a difference per say on what and how much you learn, but at one year you're still green. Period. Think about it, at least the first three months in the ICU you're in orientation. That leaves you 9 months on your own...hardly enough to hone clinical skills. That's just how I feel though. I encourage all my younger nurses who want to track into CRNA to put in at least two years before applying. That way you have 3 years under your belt prior to matriculation. Hell I waited 5 years and will have 6.5 before I start in-residence didactics. I am thankful for waiting and being a very seasoned nurse. Just my humble opinion.
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    Nursing Experience for CRNA school

    While I respect your opinion, I too, feel that one year of ICU experience is hardly enough to understand how to care for the crashing patient appropriately. At one year you are just figuring out how to be an ICU nurse and starting to learn critical thinking skills, as well as feeling confident as a nurse. Nurses at one year are still very task oriented and are just scratching the surface and the how and why of pathophys. Academically speaking it may not make a difference, but clinically...the difference is enormous. There are plenty of CRNAs that I've spoke with that agree that the less experienced ICU nurses are the ones that struggle the hardest in residency. Not saying everyone does, but generally speaking. Why not stay in the ICU a little longer, master critical skills that you will need as a CRNA then press on? Too many nurses are using the ICU as only a "stepping stone" without fully reaping the benefits that being bedside for longer than a year truly offers. One of those benefits...knowing that you're putting your patient above your ego. With that being said, this is only my opinion and it means diddly squat to others, but I felt the need to share my 2 cents.