I am currently enrolled in an accelerated BSN program and have the opportunity to be a nursing student extern. I just started my program last week, so forgive my ignorance. I thought I read that CRNAs need "Acute Care" experience, but then I read that they need "ICU" or "Critial Care" experience. What is the difference and which do I really need? Also, I'm not sure which position would be the most helpful for becoming a CRNA, so please give me your opinions. Here are the areas they are accepting externs in:
Medical/Surgical Tower 5
Skilled Nursing Facility
As always, thank you so much for your help!!
May 20, '09
Best experience for CRNA school is Surgical ICU according to what I've been told. ER is not acceptable in 90% of schools, neighter is PACU. In essence any ICU is game. CVICU is best in my opinion (FYI: CVICU is considered a surgical ICU).