The profession of a Certified Nurse Anesthetist is not only lucrative in nature but it also gives high satisfaction to the bearer of this prominent nursing career since the job responsibility of a certified nurse anesthetist, or a CRNA involves the administration of anesthetics to the patients, who are undergoing the operations or surgery.
Now, it seems needless to say that the patients would be dreading the pain that comes in package with the operations, which is, of course, a natural thing.
However, thanks to the administration of those anesthetics by the CRNA, the patients’ body become numbs or, in most cases, they lose consciousness, which is a grateful thing too since they will be ultimately spared from feeling the unbearable pain yielded by the operation.
Hence, if you would also like to carry on this remarkable nursing career and enjoy the handsome salary of about $100,000 to over $170,000 per annum, then here is a step by step method on how to become a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA).
1st stage: Complete the Pre-requisites for entering in a CRNA school
It is essential to complete the Pre-requisites in order to start CRNA schools. Following are the helpful tips before starting the program.
High school graduation with high grades in certain subjects!
Your graduation from a high school should encompass the completion of a number of science, math and health classes. These courses act as a basis for entering in the nursing or medical field.
Acquire a BSN degree!
As a matter of fact, the CRNA programs have the tendency to accept only those nursing students, who have the BSN (i.e. Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing) degree in their pocket. So, after high school, your next target would be to earn a BSN degree from an accredited nursing program, which generally takes 4 years from your precious life.
Note: You should earn your undergraduate BSN degree with high grades. Most nursing schools would demand from the applicant to show a GPA of at least 3.0 in order to be qualified for entering in their CRNA program.
Get yourself licensed as a Registered Nurse (RN)!
You might not know this but earning the BSN degree qualifies you to become a Registered Nurse. And, indeed, it is recommended for you to get licensed as a RN before continuing your education to become a Certified Nurse Anesthetist. After all, as the name itself suggests, becoming a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) requires you to first become Registered Nurse (RN).
Accumulate 1-3 years of job experience as a RN!
Once you have acquired the title of a RN, the next thing to do is to get yourself hired in a decent healthcare industry.
Now, if you are asking why not to continue your nursing education and enroll in a CRNA program, then let me inform you that most CRNA programs have the provision of accepting only those students who have built up a nursing experience of minimum 1 to 3 years.
This way you will be able to accumulate real life experience in the nursing field as a RN and get the chance to familiarize yourself with the hospital or clinical settings. What’s more, you will also be able to earn a healthy sum of money.
In fact, let me tell you that the Registered Nurses enjoy an average salary of around $76,000 per annum, not to mention that their earning potentiality can even cross over $100,000. Considering all these factors, it, indeed, seems a good thing for you to live the profession of a RN for a couple of years.
Note: As a RN, you must try to accumulate 1 year of job experience in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). This is recommended by most CRNA schools.
2nd Stage: Entering in a CRNA program
Once you complete the first stage, here are some of the tips to get into CRNA program.
Secure a high score in the GRE!
Needless to say, in order to enroll in most graduate programs, the students should first pass the GRE i.e. Graduate Record Examination. This statement is also true for the CRNA program.
Get yourself enrolled in a CRNA program!
After the GRE, it’s time to search for accredited CRNA programs, be it online or in-college. Now, let me tell you that getting yourself enrolled in a RN to nurse anesthetist program might be a difficult task.
You will have to submit a detailed application, containing your college transcripts and other essentials. Try to also secure recommendation letters from the health industry in which you have worked as a RN.
Submit those copies of recommendation letters along with your application in the CRNA program, in which you are interested to enroll. And, of course, it would be wise of you to apply in another CRNA school as backup plan, if in case you don’t get accepted by the first CRNA program of your choice.
3rd Stage: Becoming a Certified Nurse Anesthetist
Here is the final stage in order to become a certified nurse anesthetist
Complete the CRNA schooling with high grades!
Since the profession of a CRNA is of a lucrative nature, you will, no doubt, face competitions for securing a CRNA job. For this reason, you will have study hard during the course of your 2 to 3 longs CRNA program so as to make sure that you earn your Master’ degree in the Nurse Anesthesia with high grades in the specific subjects.
Pass the state certification test!
After the successful completion of a CRNA program, you will be able to sit for the certification test assigned by the state in which you wish to practice as a Certified Nurse Anesthetist. And, for your information, this certification test is administered by the CCNA, which stands for Council on Certification of Nurse Anesthetists.
Now, as you are officially acclaimed as a Certified Nurse Anesthetist, you can finally move forward your nursing career by getting a decent CRNA job.
Note: It is recommended for you to take recertification course on every 2 years so as to keep your CRNA license updated.