What was the most challenging part of the CRNA application process?

  1. If you could have had an experienced expert holding your hand throughout the CRNA application process, what would you have wanted most from them?

    Or if you are currently applying to schools, is there any part of the process you wish you had help with?

    If you had a genie who could instantly get you past a certain stage in the process, what stage would that be?
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  3. by   RNMan18
    Getting a supervisor to write a reccomendation letter.
  4. by   PICUtoCRNAhopeful
    ^ Ditto. I didn't want to ask a manager for a rec because I've only been there 2 years and I didn't want them to find out I was applying for school anyway because they can be catty. Anyway, that was hands down the hardest part for me because it was out of my control.
  5. by   learnofjoy
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  6. by   learnofjoy
    Quote from PICUtoCRNAhopeful
    ^ Ditto. I didn't want to ask a manager for a rec because I've only been there 2 years and I didn't want them to find out I was applying for school anyway because they can be catty. Anyway, that was hands down the hardest part for me because it was out of my control.
    How did it end up going? Was it as hard as you anticipated? Did it affect your relationship with your manager?
  7. by   PICUtoCRNAhopeful
    It turned out okay. I ended up asking a charge nurse for a rec, the school I applied to told me it counted as a leadership position so it was fine with them. I still haven't told management that I've been accepted because I know they look down upon CRNA school.
  8. by   CowboyMedic
    I agree with what everyone has said. Getting a letter of recommendation from my manager has been the hardest part. I wasn't afraid to tell management that I was applying to school because they want us to pursue our dreams. We often have people applying to NP school as well.
  9. by   DreameRN
    I'd say it's a toss up between repeating my sciences (young and dumb= Cs) and paying for all my transcripts. Not only did i have to pay out of pocket to repeat a couple of my sciences to the tune of around $1500 when all is said and done, I applied to multiple schools and needed to send transcripts to them--only I went to 5+ colleges, so getting all the transcripts from all of them was pretty pricey. Financially wise that sucked.

    Stress wise though, it was probably the repeating classes. Working full time while retaking a full load of classes that your future depends on so you have to get As....that was not so fun but I made it, and it was worth it to get into school.
  10. by   m1lkofamnesia
    I didn't ask my manager for a LOR because I knew either 1) she wouldn't do it, or 2) it wouldn't be a good LOR. I asked a clinician instead, and that worked out great! My manager didn't like people leaving the ICU for CRNA school.
  11. by   walkerrn2015
    I dreaded taking the GRE, that was painful. I also hated asking people for LOR like people said cause its just annoying and waiting for them to put it into the system is nerve racking because of deadlines and such. Same with me, I didn't ask my management because I don't trust them. However, charge nurses count for the "supervisor" position and IMO they know you and your skills WAY better than your manager does!

    Also, waiting for apps to be in and waiting for interview invites and acceptances is absolute TORTURE! longest 3 weeks of my life after an interview waiting for that call lol
  12. by   learnofjoy
    Quote from CowboyMedic
    Getting a letter of recommendation from my manager has been the hardest part. I wasn't afraid ... they want us to pursue our dreams.
    May I ask why this was challenging then? If you weren't afraid to tell management, why was this difficult?
  13. by   masonicusRN
    I'm probably going to have to repeat some courses too, but the fact that I'm not the only one who has to is giving me hope. For those who did repeat classes, did you do it while getting your BSN or what did the timeline look like?
  14. by   DreameRN
    I went to an accelerated nursing program after having all my prereq's...I had all As and a couple B's in my BSN, but majority of my hard sciences were Cs...Chemistry, org chemistry, a&P1-2....I retook physiology and chemistry (got As)the year prior to applying to school. I loved my career in the ICU so I waited longer than most to apply. I was scheduled to retake org chem and anatomy, in case I didn't get in on my first try. I will say that most of my class had high GPAs, I'm on the low end and I got grilled in my interview about them so if your goal is CRNA, I'd say, finish your BSN, practice at least 2 years (feel comfortable being the one in the room, calling the shots when the patient starts coding or going bad), and slowly retake your sciences one at at time if school stresses you out, so you can give them enough time and pull those As. Wouldn't hurt if you got yourself hired at a facility that reimburses for classes-most good hospitals give you 1500-3000 a year once you've been there long enough.

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