S-Hello, I am interested in becoming a CRNA and am looking for advice/tips for getting on the right path.
B-I am currently a new grad BSN working on a medical floor at a large community hospital/level 2 trauma center. I earned my BSN from a 20 month accelerated second degree program with a 4.0 GPA. Previously, I worked as a vet tech and thoroughly enjoyed participating in surgeries, monitoring anesthesia of the animals, intubating, placing IVs, etc. This piqued my interest for pursing a CRNA career. In nursing school, I had the opportunity to spend a day in the OR and spoke with the CRNAs there, which further encouraged this career goal.
A-I plan (hope) to complete one year on my current floor, which is a medical floor with an oncology focus. I then hope to work in intermediate care/step down for maybe one year, then move to the ICU for 1-2 years before applying for a program. This would give me 3-4 years as a nurse first. I am just shy of one month off of orientation now and though I feel pretty self sufficient most of the time, I still feel like I will never know enough to work in the ICU... The thought of taking care of patients with that level of acuity is daunting. I have never even participated in a real code yet! I of course plan to obtain my ACLS, PALS, telemetry training, CCRN, take the GRE, and any other necessary/available education, but do you think this time frame is realistic? Or do I need more time as an RN? Also, is experience in an ICU at a level 2 trauma center worthy enough? Or is experience at a larger CVICU or SICU necessary?
R- Any other tips, advice, words of wisdom etc. would be appreciated. Thank you!