1st Interview done(Need Cyberhugs) - page 2
Well folks, I have been reading all postings about interviews and just completed my first interview and boy was it a doozie!!! I wasn't nervous until right before the interview! it was 3 30 minute... Read More
Mar 3, '04Sorry it's taking so long for me to reply-I was wallowing in my misery yesterday plus have a chemistry lab exam today. Did I mention I ate a whole sleeve of Thin Mint Girl Scout cookies in consolation-no wonder my hips keep getting bigger!!! I did like the program-it's small only 7 students, was impressed by all the students' comments and the faculty I met. Like the fact they emphasize teaching projects. Was surprised at the MDA response though because one of their clinical sites is rural run by all CRNA practice. Still hope to get in but am fully expecting a 'regrets' letter. I do have another interview in Oakland next week, I think it will be less stressfull due to its only 30min and mostly about why I want to be a CRNA and my understanding of the role. Hope that one goes better.
Mar 3, '04Quote from Brenna's DadAnother prospect I shared a taxi o the airport with said he had been on 5 interviews already and this was a tough one to be first with due to the stress of it. By the way, he said anesthesia is the practice of medicine because nursing school doesn't teach s*** about in depth knowledge (which I have to agree with). I still think it's a nursing practice ( nursing were doing it long before it was ever a medical specialty) and the MDA's I've seen are practicing more in a supervisory role than a medical role. What do you think of the opinion about rural CRNA practice not being safe when one of the clinical sites is rural all CRNA run??? Just curious. PS-I loved the program which is why I applied but am concerned about lack of central line (swans, not arts)-do you feel you have enough line experience??? Thanks for the support!!!It's interesting to hear your perspective. I had the same questions posed to me two years ago. I like your answers. Best of luck to you.
P.S. The docs really aren't that bad.
Mar 3, '04Yeah they had no right asking you those kinds of questions in an interview.
Some of those questions did get asked in our ethics class for us do debateonce we were in the program. But yeah, absolutely no right to put you on the spot like that. Interviews should be about the quality and quantity of information that you know and how well you might be able to learn the material. None of that nonsense stuff. My advice, keep looking at different schools. Good luck!
Mar 3, '04I do think we get enough central line experience. Perhaps not as much as some other programs, perhaps more than others. I don't personally think Swan's are that big a deal. The truth is (and perhaps others will agree with me), Swans just aren't really used in anesthesia all that much.
As far as anesthesia practice, or course, it is the domain of both nursing and medicine. Physicians were the first to administer anesthetic, but nurses were the first to do it professionally. If I had to choose one, I would have also said nursing. Physicians have the ability to perform anesthesia, but it really has much more in common with nursing than medicine.
Mar 3, '04While I continue not to like the approach the anesthesiologist took in that interview, it made me think of the issue. All of us, prospective CRNAs, students and CRNAs should consider that question or variations of, will be asked of you throughout your career. First of all, the requirements for CRNA educational programs, both pre-admission or during school, provide an in-depth scientific education, as well as practical application to the clinical area. Secondly, CRNAs would not be around, except for our history of safe practice. Thirdly, I like being able to apply my nursing skills to patient care. (Today, I gave an anesthetic to a 92 year old man for cataract surgery. He kissed my hand on discharge and said no one had ever held his hand before when he had surgery. He had a big smile. It was worth it; even though I had to manage his hypertension and a-fib, while keeping him comfortable and pain free.)
Be able to answer the question of CRNA/MDA differences with pride and confidence.