April 12, 2019


Introducing a new series to the blog, SRNA Spotlight! This series will feature interviews with multiple SRNAs and highlight their journey to CRNA school. Up this week is Charnelle, or as she is known to many, Nurse Nelle! 

1.) How far along in CRNA school are you?

"I will be completing the program in 2019!"

2.) What kind of ICU experience did you have prior to starting CRNA school?

"CVICU- 3+ years"

3.) Do you have certifications? If so, which ones?


4.) Did you always know you wanted to be a CRNA?

"No, I actually wanted to be a Pharmacist.  After completing an internship at Walgreens, I realized I didn’t have the passion for it.  I decided to pick up a job at a group home for adults and realized that it was something that came very easy to me.  A few weeks later, I switched my major to nursing. With my love for pharmacology, it was the best of both worlds. I didn’t actively pursue CRNA school until I was in the CVICU.  Everything happened so fast. I started in the CVICU as a new grad and one day I realized that I could actually start preparing to apply. I’m incredibly glad that I decided to continue my education."

5.) What do you value about the CRNA profession?

"I value the art and science of anesthesia the most.  It’s a dynamic profession that requires situational awareness, ability to gain trust quickly and understanding of many different conditions and anesthesia principles.  Every case is a blank canvas. Some use various mediums, others stick to one simple brush. It is such an amazing profession that goes beyond just 'putting someone to sleep'."

6.) What's something you wish you knew before starting CRNA school?

"I think I was pretty well prepared for a majority of the things that I would come across, but one thing I wish I knew was how much I would change from the program.  It challenges you on so many levels and I thought I would be able to walk-in with the same studying strategies I used in nursing school. That was not the case. While I was able to find a balance between school, work, social media, traveling and spending time with friends and family, there’s only so much 'preparation' you can do mentality for the complete life change that’s going to occur."

7.) Any final advice for those who want to pursue CRNA school?

"You ARE smart enough, but you have to be willing and ready to commit and put in the necessary work.  It’s a long and tough road, but it’s well worth it."

How you can find Nurse Nelle:

Instagram: @Iamnursenelle

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