Dilemma: Okay, I've been an RN for 4 years now and a year of that was in a trauma 1 Neurosurgical ICU. I decided to move up to the Northwest and accepted a position in a teaching hospital in their cardiothoracic icu. I've been here 3 months and the idea with the move was to work here for 3 or 4 years and then apply for CRNA school. Now, I've decided I want to apply this year instead of waiting and if I'm going to do it I had better get started. I have great references from the Neuro ICU and I'm shadowing a CRNA. I finished my BSN with a 3.7 cum gpa. I've been on the acute stroke response team, I'm currently managing very heavy patients in a 24 bed cardiothoracic icu in a teaching hospital, I traveled for 2 years, I helped put together a critical care conference at my last place of employment, I'm getting my CCRN and taking the gre soon... I would wait a couple of years as planned, but I've got 2 little ones with a third on the way and I'm not getting any younger. Also, I meet all of the requirements to get in. No real reason to wait, but I've put myself in a position by moving jobs. I don't dare tell anyone on my unit I'm planning to go because it is major voodoo here. Bad juju to even mention CRNA school. SO annoying. Also, the unit is half a million over budget for the quarter and my boss is freaking about finances. He calls every single shift to make sure staffing is correct and that there aren't too many nurses coming in.so, I am a little bit leary about mentioning my desire to pursue CRNA school to my boss, let alone ask him for a reference. Especially since I've only been on the unit for 3 months. One of the schools I am looking at is Midwestern in AZ and they require one of the 3 references to be from my current supervisor. What do I do? Do I just send 3 other references in and try to explain myself in the interview? That sounds like a surefire plan for failure or at least awkwardness. What do you all recommend? Also, any other place I apply will probably find it weird if all my references are from neuro and none are from cardiothoracic. what to do? Thanks in advance for your advice.