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Defibn' RN, EMT-P

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Defibn' has 7 years experience as a RN, EMT-P and specializes in SRNA.

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    looking for career advice...back to bedside?

    You should shadow a CRNA a few times and see if it is really something you would want to do every day. If CRNA is what you want then going to work bedside in the ICU is a step forward, not backward.
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    Reaching our to director-unprofessional?

    I think this is perfectly acceptable. You may not get a response though. They have a lot on their plates. If there is an admissions coordinator or something you may have better luck there. However, as long as the email is professional, I don't see how it could be a negative.
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    Are my fears neurotic?

    "Are my fears neurotic?" Yes. There is real, tangible competition from the ASA and AAs. More to fear from them than robots. And I know John Cena ain't scared of no robots.
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    ICU Experience Required for CRNA School

    If CRNA is your goal. Don't take the job.
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    CRNA: Will my stats qualify me?

    Sure you have a chance. GPA is the hole in your application. Don't let yourself have any more holes. Do well on the GRE. Get an A in this grad class you are taking. Get your CCRN when you can. For your own sake, don't be heartbroken if you don't get a call for an interview the first time you apply. A sub 3.3 GPA with only 1 year MICU doesn't necessarily jump out at the adcom. The difference in 1 and two years ICU experience is huge. I say all this to prepare you for the worst, which is just a "not right now." And I say this to encourage you to push on if you do get a "not right now."
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    Going through CRNA school with young children

    Sounds like you have a great support system in place. The hardest part, aside from having a strong support system, is just all the time you don't get to spend with them. But it is doable. Many before us have done it. Truly, if you have dependable childcare and a super supportive spouse, it is doable. Just know that once things pick up in your program, you cannot be the primary caregiver for your children. Best of luck!
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    Letter of Recommendation for CRNA School Advise

    Character, work ethic, critical care knowledge, serving as a resource for other nurses, etc...
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    Wanting to return to CRNA school

    A lot of SRNAs come from night shift. It can be hard to get on day shift as a new nurse. Also, a lot of SRNAs also did some traveling to save up money. It all depends on the acuity of patients you cared for and how you can articulate your experience. If you have the type of travel experience where you get stuck with lower acuity patients about to be transferred out of the unit, then that would be a negative.
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    CRNA Student Loans

    I took out the federal direct loans and the discover health professions loan up to the cost of attendance. Your cost of attendance should include living expenses. My advice is to call the financial aid office and get this sorted out.
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    Money support while in CRNA program

    Saved up a good chunk of money before school. However, I am taking out loans to cover tuition and cost of living right now. I may deplete my savings later in the program as I am just in the first year. You never know what can happen over the course of three years.
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    MTSA 2021

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    MVA, EMS didn't use a backboard!!

    Don't get me started on KEDs
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    Switching units

    Yeah I see where you're coming from. I worked in weird ICU. We were a "heart recovery" unit but also had a ton of sepsis and resp failure. Toward the end of my time there we pretty much stopped using SWANs. IMO you are probably in a good spot, and I don't recommend switching at this point. I would try to apply and see what happens. You are right that moving units would make it more difficult to get recommendations. The big benefit to recovering hearts is the immediate post op period where they sometimes have pretty labile hemodynamics. Depending on the unit culture it may take a while before they even give you those. If I were you, I probably stay where you're at and make sure I knew everything about the unit, the drugs, and the conditions that you routinely treat.
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    Switching units

    I don't know that I would switch units. How often are you getting sick patients? Vasoactive medications, vents, and the like?
  15. People do get accepted with only PICU experience. They are exceptions, but it happens. As it stands, your GPA is not competitive at this point. Schools can be different on how they calculate science GPA, doesn't hurt to ask the admissions contact. I would consider the CCRN a must for you so I'm glad to hear you are planning on taking it. A good GRE score (like 310+), even if they don't require it, could help a little given your GPA. It is obviously completely up to you but I think if you took the next year to work in an adult ICU with high acuity, get your CCRN, shadow, and take a couple upper level sciences and get As, you would be a much more competitive candidate. I'm not trying to be a downer but most schools get a ton of applications and will cull by GPA. The problem with where you are now is that to have a real chance of landing an interview, you will have to apply to a lot of schools. That costs money and time and will wear on your references. I have a friend that was in a similar situation GPA wise. He wanted to go to one school that was about 2.5 hours away. He began taking the open classes of the CRNA program, driving up there twice a week. He got As. He got to meet the faculty. He applied after the first semester and didn't get an interview. He took a couple more classes and was granted an interview and got accepted. That is a tremendous amount of dedication and makes it real hard to say no to a candidate like that. If this is what you want, don't give up. You CAN do this. It is just going to take some work. Best of luck!
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    University of North Florida (UNF) CRNA 2021

    I interviewed last year. The PD gives a presentation at the beginning of the day. You all then remain in the lecture hall and have the opportunity to talk to current students. You will taken in small groups to wait upstairs for your interview. Panel interview with like 10 faculty. My interview was literally less than 7 minutes. Some people's are twice that. Some people are asked strong clinical questions. I was asked like 5 personal questions and no clinical questions. It is highly variable. I walked out shocked that is all they asked me. I was waitlisted.