Not a CRNA here; never had any desire to do it. But I am a seasoned nurse (Crusty Old Bat, if you will) and an experienced preceptor. As a preceptor in CVICU, I am well aware that over half of the new employees we get are only here to do the minimum time necessary to get accepted into anesthesia school. In fact, our unit is regarded in the local nursing community as "the feeder unit" into the local anesthesia school.
Every six months, we get anywhere from a half dozen to a baker's dozen new orientees. If you have a pulse and a license that has ever been renewed, you will be tasked to help precept these folks. Even if you've been continuously precepting for years and even if you BEG for a break from precepting. With orientation time of approximately 6 months, it is possible to have an "old" orientee about to finish their orientation AND a new orientee who is just starting PLUS be "guest preceptor" for various other orientees whose preceptors are off or in charge. It gets old, pouring our heart, soul and the benefit of long experience into someone's orientation only to have them resign and go off to anesthesia school within a year of being off orientation. (Or, in a few cases, before they've finished orientation.) I worry that no one wants to work in ICU anymore; no one wants to actually take care of our patients.
I'm not going to advise you on whether or not to disclose your plans for CRNA school. What I will tell you is that, if you're on the two year plan -- shorthand for "two years of ICU experience before anesthesia school" -- you're not going to get the same orientation as someone whom we suspect might actually stay at work with us. An old friend of mine, a charge nurse responsible for making out assignments, says "If you're on the two year plan, you get assigned the chronics and pain in the butt patients. The only way to prove you're not on the two year plan is to stay more than two years. So for the first two years, you get assigned to chronics and anal sphincters." I would argue that two years of nothing but chronics and anal sphincters would make anyone desire to resign and seek job satisfaction elsewhere, but I understand the point. If we don't think you plan to stay, we won't take you under our wings and show you the best way to time a balloon pump, change the controller on a HeartMate, ambulate a device patient or manage your time. With so many orientees, we don't have the opportunities to give everyone a stellar experience, so we'll give those opportunities to those we think will still be working with us once the ink dries on the new license.
I have to question anyone who graduates from nursing school knowing that their destiny is to be a CRNA. At that point, you know nothing of nursing. How do you KNOW what you want to do for the rest of your career? If you've already pre-decided that you aren't going to be an ICU nurse, that the ICU is beneath you, that you were meant to be "more" than a bedside nurse, you won't like ICU nursing. Instead, why not keep an open mind and give it a chance?