Anyone have a background in computer networks?

  1. I am curious because that is my background. i wonder if the skills port over well to your field. you learn to troubleshoot very carefully and patiently because most of what you see is just text. also, due to the importance people place on data these days, you get to work under the gun alot, though lives are never at stake. and, for the most part, there is no degree for it so you spend alot of time studying on your own and teaching yourself new technologies, as they come out. as you might have guessed, i am interested in your field.
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  3. by   BigDave
    Hi,

    I spent 15 years doing aircraft computer repair before the AF commissioned me as a nurse. Critical care nursing and anesthesia nursing have many parallels to what you discuss. Being comfortable with high tech devices is essential. Overall, patient care in critical care is like working on a complex analog computer. It is pretty cool to titrate a drip and to see the expected physiological response. Propofol is one of the coolest drugs for this. Most ICU nurses dream of it! Seriously, I talked up this during my "why do you want to be a CRNA" interview question and I think it was taken very well. Anesthesia equipment must be learned to the finest detail and rapidly troubleshot when needed.

    Hope this helps answer your question.
    Dave
  4. by   dreatx
    Quote from BigDave
    Hi,

    I spent 15 years doing aircraft computer repair before the AF commissioned me as a nurse. Critical care nursing and anesthesia nursing have many parallels to what you discuss. Being comfortable with high tech devices is essential. Overall, patient care in critical care is like working on a complex analog computer. It is pretty cool to titrate a drip and to see the expected physiological response. Propofol is one of the coolest drugs for this. Most ICU nurses dream of it! Seriously, I talked up this during my "why do you want to be a CRNA" interview question and I think it was taken very well. Anesthesia equipment must be learned to the finest detail and rapidly troubleshot when needed.

    Hope this helps answer your question.
    Dave
    Thanks,

    That does answer my question and also assures me that the last 8 years have not been wasted. I was somewhat concerned about it when i decided to make the change but i definitely feel better about it.

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