We have gotten so many questions lately about our jobs and our paths to get to where we are, so we wanted to try to answer as many as we can in this post. 🤒Background: We both started our nursing careers with Associate degrees in nursing and worked for about 5 years before getting our BSN. I had a 2 year old daughter at the time and this path allowed me to start working as an RN right away. I started in a combined ICU/CCU unit and went though an incredible orientation programs for new grads. JB worked as a floor nurse then in the PACU before transferring to ICU with full intentions of becoming a Nurse anesthetist. After about 3 years of nursing, I transferred to the NICU (what an amazing experience 💗💙) Although I considered NP I felt like anesthesia would be a better fit for me and I applied to anesthesia school after I had been a nurse for 7 years.
We know many people who went straight into grad school after meeting the minimal requirements for Anesthesia (usually 1-2 years critical care) and many more who worked for years. It all depends on how it works for you and your family. For me going when my daughter was a little older but not a teenager was the best fit. For JB going before she had children (smart girl😜) was best. A strong support system is important, but personally you have to be 100% dedicated to completing the program. Unlike NP school, working during anesthesia school is highly discouraged. It is a very fast paced program with tons of material to learn and experience to gain. When you begin clinicals, go everyday ready to learn. Each CRNA and anesthesiologist you work with will teach you something a little different. Be open to suggestions and different ways to do things because there is no 1 right way. You can learn a little from each person and develop your own technique. This goes for those of you in basic nursing clinicals as well!! Nursing is a wide open field with so many incredible opportunities so try to shadow many different fields before you decide the best path for you!! We will do another post soon on how we fit our workouts into our daily routine!! 👍#nurselife #crna