This is mostly taken from the Wake Forest crna school’s website. I though it was so helpful that I’m re-posting here in my own words.
1. Enroll in 1-3 of the anesthesia core courses at a CRNA School in your area. This helps prepare you for graduate education and lightens your course-load if you do enter a CRNA program formally. Be sure that the courses you enroll in are standard and will transfer.
If you do not live close to a nurse anesthesia school, these core courses are sometimes offered on-line.
2. Shadow some CRNAs in your own OR to get a better idea of what the job entails or what things are important to learn.
3. Take a review course and try to get your best possible score on the GRE.
4. Provide inservices on your own unit on something “anesthesia-related”, like muscle relaxants.
5. Get CCRN certified. It’s highly regarded by nurse anesthesia programs.
6. Whether or not you have been out of school for some time, a good benefit would be work on academic skills. Graduate work involves much self-direction. Successfully managing this involves an understanding of your own learning style and knowledge of effective study techniques.
7. Re-take major science courses that you didn’t do very well in (chemistry is especially important in nurse anesthesia school).
These are all things which can help you solidify your resolve to pursue a career as a CRNA, and also convince the selection committee of that resolve.