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I want to become a CRNI, but cannot seem to find any local classes. How can I find a program in my area?

Friday October 12, 2012
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Dear Donna,

I've been a nurse for 31 years, and I've worked in a variety of nursing arenas. Now I want to learn PICC line insertion and become a CRNI. I live in Missouri, and the classes and programs I've found are mostly on the East Coast. Do you know of any classes or programs in the Midwest region, or where I might find that information?

Ready for a Change

Dear Donna replies:

Dear Ready for a Change,

Your best source of information is the national office and state chapter of the Infusion Nurses Society www.ins1.org and www.ins1.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageID=3361. Since there are several private companies that offer these courses, you also can find them by doing an Internet search.

Additionally, I recommend that you do some informational interviewing (www.Nurse.com/Cardillo/Interviewing) with other infusion nurses including CRNIs. You can find them using the same sources as above or by asking around.

Best wishes,

Donna Cardillo, RN, MA, well-known career guru, is Nurse.com’s “Dear Donna” and author of “Your First Year as a Nurse: Making the Transition from Total Novice to Successful Professional” and “The ULTIMATE Career Guide for Nurses: Practical Advice for Thriving at Every Stage of Your Career.” Information about the books is available at www.Nurse.com/CE/7010 and www.Nurse.com/CE/7250, respectively. To ask Donna your question, go to www.Nurse.com/Asktheexperts/Deardonna. Find a “Dear Donna” seminar near you: Call 800-866-0919 or visit http://Events.nursingspectrum.com/Seminar.