I just wanted to share (somewhere) what is going on with me right now! I can't really talk about it at work (I don't want a target on my back) and my family kinda understands but not the way my AN family will.
Anyhow....So all throughout nursing school, I started trying to figure out what I wanted to do after school. ER, ICU, med-surg, etc. Then, during my OR rotation I discovered nurse anesthesia. I really enjoyed it and set up two days to shadow CRNA's on my own, outside of nursing school, to get a closer look into what they do. I really enjoyed it!
Fast forward to now. I've been a nurse for a year and a half. I work in the ER currently and really do love my job. But looking at it, there's NO WAY that I will be able to be an ER nurse until I retire. I'm young and plan on working as long as I am physically able until I retire which could be 40 years from now. I got to thinking, what am I going to do in my future. Where do I see myself in 40 years? Unfortunately, I don't see myself in the ER. I started thinking of how much I enjoyed following the CRNA's and all of the critical thinking that goes into it.
So I emailed the director of the CRNA's at my hospital and requested to shadow. I wanted to make sure I still enjoyed it 2 years later, as much as I did during nursing school. My shadowing day was yesterday. I was so nervous that I wasn't going to love it anymore. But my fears were relieved instantly. I absolutely loved it!!!
And so my journey to CRNA school begins!!! I'm applying to begin a RN-BSN program online. I still have a few pre-reqs to take so I will (hopefully) begin the one year BSN program starting next fall.
I've already ordered a guide to begin studying for the GRE. I have a job interview on Monday for a ICU in the hospital across town. After I gain some ICU experience, I will begin studying for the CCRN.
Any other tips that you can offer to strengthen my application would be greatly appreciated! Thanks for reading my excitement filled post. I know it won't be easy, but I know I really, really want this. I really enjoy the critical thinking and relieving the fears of patients before surgery. I also want to better myself and make a better life for my family.