Quote from DIGNOUT
We might want to avoid the use of "wasting time" as describing any nursing experience.
I don't have a problem with "wasting time" being used to describe a clinical experience other than ICU for an aspiring crna student. It is the man's or woman's opinion. If time is of the essence for the individual then, in fact, time is being lost if application prerequisites are not being actively pursued.
Look, ICU work is not brain surgery or rocket science (as the saying goes). It is demanding, requires attention to detail, and (here we go again) in my opinion usually attracts nursings best and brightest. If you want to be a crna, then you damn-well better be among the best and brightest. So, if that is certainly one's future, then the ICU should be no problem.
As well, if you are pursuing an ICU gig for the hopes of landing a coveted crna school seat, you should be looking for a high profile trauma center/teaching center gig. As most of us know these places are usually into gaining Magnet nursing status if they don't already have it. That being the case, the inexperienced ICU new hire will be going through a comprehensive orientation process. Again, for the sharp individual, this should suffice in preparing a nurse to be at least average starting out. I have worked with many ICU nurses that have made a career of being average and there is nothing wrong with that. I say all of this with the background of a six year ICU veteran and will be starting crna school myself this fall. Here it is...my final opinion...go find an ICU job if you are sharp, motivated, and focused on becoming a crna in a timely fashion!