I'm finishing high school & just have some concerns about becoming a CRNA.
Please, I'm just in the research phase right now & you have to start some where.
I've looked on here for answers & found SOME of what I need but not exactly what I wanted to know and I find it easier one on one asking.
I know it's very dangerous, don't get me wrong about that but does the nervousness ever go away? Are you constantly paranoid you're going to kill or paralyze somebody?
I know you're super busy but does the actual task of putting a needle in somebodies spine ever get easier and routine?
Do you have any horror stories about being on the job or messing up?
Like what are the chances of me screwing up atleast once or more my entire career? As far as SERIOUS screw ups go is what I mean.
Last question... Do you need to get accepted to University or is it possible to do this from College and if so, is it the same? Same salary, same opportunities?
I would really appreciate it if anybody experienced could give me some advice on all of this as I'm finding it tough to get certain answers
Like when I ask how long it will take and some people say 3-4... then others say 3-4 after 6 years of doing "this" ....HOW LONG FROM START TO FINISH!
Thank you very much for your time as well.
Oct 31, '16
Ok, so you want to be a nurse? Yes, please check out the pre-nursing forum. Do well on your ACT/SAT to get into college...right. Ok...do well on pre-req's math, science (bio, chem, A&Ps), get your CNA and work in an ICU (actually do this first so the hospital can pay for your education!). As you do your pre-req's you can learn from the ICU nurses and prepare yourself to be an ICU nurse. To answer many of your "questions" as you gain experience, you will learn to be safe, "needles in spines” will come in CRNA School. You will start by wiping rear-ends, then as a RN collecting stool samples, urine samples, drawing blood for labs and starting IVs!
How long it will take will be up to you; Start with your ADN ~1 or 2 years gen ed/pre-req’s(while you are working as a CNA) get into nursing school 2years (5 semesters for me-one summer), get RN position in ICU or more likely step-down unit, work ICU while you apply to BSN bridge program (again paid by your employer) get CCRN and apply to CRNA school or work step-down one year then ICU at least one year then apply to school. Or, you could choose to do a “traditional” BSN four year program, then get your ICU experience/CCRN and apply to school. CRNA school currently requires 28 months of school (most do not allow concurrent work as an RN) and will soon be moving to a doctoral degree, so to answer your question “how long will It take” probably a minimum of 6 years until you are ready to APPLY for CRNA school.
All the best
Last edit by sigiris on Oct 31, '16