CRNA SCHOOL INTERVIEW TIPS
What better way to break the ice on my blog than this?
So, a lot has happened since I last blogged and life has been busy, exciting, tiring, all the above. I took a blogging hiatus after graduating from nursing school and just focused on my career and living life in a different state.
I am at the point of my life where I am planning to go back to school, and have been researching a lot about how to get into CRNA school, which is my ultimate goal in my career.
So, since graduating, I have been preparing for this moment. I got into an ICU right after college and focused on learning and being the best nurse I could be, and man! it was hard initially and I almost lost focus. The challenges weren’t in the job itself but the people I worked with. I met some amazing nurses and learnt a lot from them, and even created friendships, but I also had to put up with some really difficult personalities in the work place, and eventually that led me to leaving that job.
I have however stuck in the ICU and my current job has been very fulfilling and a good fit. The confidence I have gained from this job as a nurse is unbelievable, and that is what led me to consider advancing my career from a bedside ICU nurse to a CRNA.
So far, I have been to 2 interviews, have 1 more scheduled for next week, and have also received a rejection letter from the first school I had applied to, which is a bummer, but I am still hopeful.
Interview tips from my experience:
1. Research the program, the faculty and the curriculum before hand.
2. Write down a list of why you love this school (they will ask you this)
3. Study up on your CCRN information and ICU drugs, pathophysiology of diseases you see on a daily basis in the ICU and hemodynamics.
4. Prepare before the interview by reviewing potential questions you might be asked. (Nurse Nelle has an amazing list on her blog)
5. Look good on the interview day (nice conservative business suit, minimal makeup and hair)
6. Last but not least, be on time. This means be there at least 15 minutes early to the interview room, and give yourself an extra 30-45 mins to find the building or if driving in an unfamiliar location.
I hope this tips make your interview preparation easier, and feel free to ask any other burning questions down below.