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Why is BSN required for CRNA?

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by MM1989 MM1989 (New) New

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I’m working on my RN and plan to go to CRNA school. I’ve noticed that a few CRNA schools will allow you to have a bachelors in other science areas, as long as you are an RN. But the best school seem to require a BSN. Why is that? Why is an easy, relatively useless, easy to obtain degree required over something like a bachelors in chemistry? 

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Sour Lemon has 9 years experience.

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CRNA is an advanced nursing role, so I guess it makes sense that they'd favor or require a BSN instead of something else.

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DextersDisciple has 7 years experience as a BSN, RN.

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If a BSN is so easy for you to obtain than why aren’t you doing it already? 

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canoehead has 30 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in ER.

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It should be easy to switch from your RN to a BSN degree then. Your science credits could be used against BSN.

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umbdude has 3 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in Psych/Mental Health.

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BS in Chem doesn't include community health nursing, nursing ethics/research, or other nursing-related bachelor-level courses. Nursing is a highly-specialized major that none of the coursework in other majors apply, and almost everything is learned with a nursing perspective. 

Regardless of your opinions about the BSN courses, schools are free to set their standards. You can certain apply only to ones that do not require a BSN. On a side note, in many competitive areas, it's almost impossible to get a job in critical care nursing (a requirement for CRNA programs) without a BSN.

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What difference does it make WHY?  If you don't want to do it, go to one of those schools you mentioned that will accept a BS in another field. If those schools aren't good enough, then get your BSN and put in the required time in critical care to get accepted to CRNA school. Don't spin your wheels making the argument that you know better. It's irrelevant to your goals.

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Jeez folks, just was curious why they’d require a BSN over chemistry in a field that is much more related to science than whatever the hell a BSN teaches. That’s it.... a couple people actually answered the question, while others wanted a pissing match. 

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2 hours ago, Horseshoe said:

What difference does it make WHY?  If you don't want to do it, go to one of those schools you mentioned that will accept a BS in another field. If those schools aren't good enough, then get your BSN and put in the required time in critical care to get accepted to CRNA school. Don't spin your wheels making the argument that you know better. It's irrelevant to your goals.

The BSN to work in an ICU is a good point. That honestly didn’t cross my mind. The ICUs where I’m from seem to just want RN’s with a pulse, BSN or not. Pretty in demand. 

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NutmeggeRN has 25 years experience as a BSN and specializes in kids.

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Useless?

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7 hours ago, MM1989 said:

Jeez folks, just was curious why they’d require a BSN over chemistry in a field that is much more related to science than whatever the hell a BSN teaches. That’s it.... a couple people actually answered the question, while others wanted a pissing match. 

I think your use of the term "useless" when it comes to our education has understandably gotten people's ire up. You came on this site, insulted us and now are surprised at the backlash? What else did you expect? Not trying to get in a "pissing match" just pointing out the obvious.

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Jedrnurse has 25 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in school nurse.

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I reread your post and just noticed that you aren't a nurse yet. You don't even have a license and you're already planning on leapfrogging into an advanced practice role.

And you're writing criticisms of a field (that you're not a member of) that are easily construed as, shall we say, overly pointed.

Are you really surprised you're getting push back?

 

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Correct, I don’t have a license yet. Not for another few months. Stated that from the start. But how does that mean that I can’t have my path planned from A to Z? I know exactly what I want and how to get there, so it’s irrelevant that I’m not licensed yet. 

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