Need some advice

  1. Hi all! I am very excited about coming across this board, as there is a bounty of very useful information. I have some questions for those of you more experienced board members/CRNA's and SRNA's....

    I am an RN working on my BSN. I have 4 years of NICU experience (always thought I wanted to be an NNP, until I worked with them long enough) and have various experience in ER, PICU, and mother/baby. I am currently dissatisfied with just being a staff nurse and really want to do advance practice.

    As I have been reading these posts I have become more and more intrigued by the CRNA profession and was curious to get some advice on the schooling, job, pay, etc.

    Also, I know there have been a few debates about how long you need critical care experience to get accepted. I was wondering if my experience in NICU is considered critical care or if I need adult ICU/CCU to be considered. Also, I am from NM so have looked at TCU as my closest schooling option. Does anyone have advice as to the best schools for CRNA in the Southwest?

    Thanks so much in advance for your time and responses!
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    About CJRN02

    Joined: Sep '06; Posts: 10
    RN
    Specialty: NICU, PICU, mother/baby

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  3. by   skipaway
    Quote from CJRN02
    Hi all! I am very excited about coming across this board, as there is a bounty of very useful information. I have some questions for those of you more experienced board members/CRNA's and SRNA's....

    I am an RN working on my BSN. I have 4 years of NICU experience (always thought I wanted to be an NNP, until I worked with them long enough) and have various experience in ER, PICU, and mother/baby. I am currently dissatisfied with just being a staff nurse and really want to do advance practice.

    As I have been reading these posts I have become more and more intrigued by the CRNA profession and was curious to get some advice on the schooling, job, pay, etc.

    Also, I know there have been a few debates about how long you need critical care experience to get accepted. I was wondering if my experience in NICU is considered critical care or if I need adult ICU/CCU to be considered. Also, I am from NM so have looked at TCU as my closest schooling option. Does anyone have advice as to the best schools for CRNA in the Southwest?

    Thanks so much in advance for your time and responses!
    Check out the FAQ at the top of the page. Alot of your questions can by found and answered there. Yes, your NICU experience is considered critical care experience. Some feel that some adult ICU experience is necessary, but I know of several CRNAs who just had NICU exp. and did quite well in school.

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