Becoming a CRNA

Dear Nurse Michele . . .

Dear Michele:
I was watching your YouTube video about becoming a CRNA and some of what you said was confusing me a bit. I’m 15 and currently a freshman in high school.  I have had my mind set on the career field of anesthesia since I was 7.  I recently made up a “10 year plan”, something my guidance counselor told me would help me figure out what I need to do and achieve to get to my goal of becoming a CRNA.

I just wanted to run it by you to see if it an headed in the right direction.

Basically, I would go to a college for 2 years for an associate’s degree. Then once I have my AS degree I will go on to nursing school.  Then, while attending nursing school, I would be working as a nurse. Then, after 2 years, I would graduate with my BSN degree.  Then I would have at least a year to two of nursing experience which is required to get into a CRNA program. Is this the best path available for me to take to become a CRNA.

Answer:
It sounds like you have the right pathway to nurse anesthesia school.  Since you are so interested in your career path and anesthesiology at such a young age, you should consider medical school if your grades and motivation last through the first two – four years of college.  Then you could specialize in anesthesiology as a physician.

If it is nursing school you enroll in, yes the first two years covers all of the pre-requisites, which can be done in a four year nursing school, or more affordably in a community college first.  Then you can get yourself into a nursing school and get your BS or BSN. Keep checking what the requirements are at the Nurse Anesthetist Programs. at the colleges that you are interested in attending. The work experience required is usually in critical care, like ICU.  It is not always easy to get hired as a new nursing school grad. into an ICU. But I did, because I had nursing home experience.

What you have planned is similar to what I did.  While I was in high school – I did get myself a nursing attendant job in a nursing home. That really helps with patient contact, and skills, which will reduce fear when you really need to start working with really sick people.  I went to a community college for the AAS in Nursing. Back then the schools allowed us to take the LPN exam, so I was able to work as a “nurse” while going to nursing school.  When I finished the associates in 2.5 years, I was still living with my parents, earned some money working, received financial aid, and went to a State University to finish the next two years to get the BSN.  After many years I went back to school for the MSN degree and Nurse Practitioner license.

So you are on the right path and there are many more medial related career options that you will find along the way. Good Luck.

Michele

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About Michele G. Kunz

I am a nursing educator and AHA Certified Instructor and I specialize in providing AHA Certification classes in ACLS, BLS, and PALS to healthcare professionals and students. I am also a certified six-sigma green belt (CSSGB).
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One Response to Becoming a CRNA

  1. For more (accurate and current) info on becoming a CRNA you can visit the website http://www.aana.com This is the professional association of Nurse Anesthetists website. You will find a wealth of information and latest news on the profession of Nurse Anesthesiology. Good luck!

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