I have been an ICU nurse for about 4.5 years. Currently travel nursing and have been able to save money that way. School is very very expensive, most programs are 100K. So my goal is to have that much money saved by the time I start CRNA school.
I started my FNP degree back in 2018 simply because I wanted to make myself more competitive for CRNA school. I also would love to be an aesthetic/derm NP on the side LOL. And because I truly love education and learning, but again, I wanted to make myself more competitive.
I graduated with a 3.48 nursing GPA /; but my sciences are like a 3.7. I am 60% done with my masters and GPA is 3.8.
I have my CCRN, CMC, TNCC and other certs. It took me like 3 months of studying like 2-5 hours on my days off to prep for the GRE /: and I have been studying almost every day for 2 months prepping for interviews. It’s A LOT.
Anyhow, CRNA school is very competitive. So far, I’ve applied to 8 schools. I was accepted to a program already but.. I have also been waitlisted for most of the schools. I have a couple of more interviews coming up, but the tuition for that school is 156K.. great program though.
My GF has also been waitlisted or denied from multiple schools. She is also applying this year.
It depends on the lifestyle you want.. and where your heart is. if you love children, love having many patients, and you don’t mind working clinic hours then do NP! But if you want more flexibility in schedule, a bit more money, to work in the OR, and have 1 patient at a time, then go for CRNA. I would recommend shadowing both.. and this will also help you during interviews as it’s the #1 question the faculty asks.
If CRNA is your goal through, then do it. Take a year to save money and take grad nursing classes on the side. Get all the certs you can and join committees. Also, volunteer somewhere. I did like 90 hours at my local physical therapy clinic. I also was involved in shared governance committees while I was a staff nurse.. 3 years ago. If you want it, you can do it. You May have to apply to many schools and may have to wait a year or so. But, it’ll be worth it.
Best of luck.