Erin M’s Answer
To become a nurse anesthetist you go to nursing school first. Then you generally have to work as a RN in an ICU for two years. After that you apply for openings to become a nurse anesthetist.
Erin M recommends the following next steps:
- I would see if you like the culture of ICUs and operating rooms. Each can be different, but they are all fast-paced and can be intense. Once in nursing school, there are usually electives that you can sign up for that will give you a good idea. Another fast-paced nursing career can be in Emergcency Departments. They generally employ RNs and LPNs.
- Some hospitals have student volunteer positions for students who are interested in nursing anesthetist positions.