Books to read prior to school

  1. I have seen this thread before but could not find it in a search, I am going to study my undergrad A&P book but I know there were some anesthesia recommendations as well. I have 10 months before school starts and would atleast like to delve into some of it. Any suggestions are appreciated.

    Thanks
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  3. by   Trauma Tom
    I started CRNA school at Samford University three weeks ago. The program is intense and the course work requires tremendous self discipline and excellent time management skills. Although they did not have any requirements for reading prior to starting the program, I wish I had taken a course in Biochemistry. Our program requires one semester of Organic chemistry as a prerequisite. I had two semesters. Even with that, Biochemistry is causing a great deal of anxiety with the students in our program. Most of us spend 70-80% of our time studying for this class. Even though we are all passing, I can honestly say I would feel a lot less stress had I had a good foundation for this class. Granted, you probably can get by without it, however, anything you can do to lighten the load while in CRNA school would be well worth it, IMHO. Good luck!
  4. by   Passin' Gas
    Quote from fallonrn
    I have seen this thread before but could not find it in a search, I am going to study my undergrad A&P book but I know there were some anesthesia recommendations as well. I have 10 months before school starts and would atleast like to delve into some of it. Any suggestions are appreciated.

    Thanks
    1. As suggested by traumatom...take a biochem course.

    2. Read all the novels and magazines you can now. You will not pick up another item to read that is not anesthesia related once you start the program.

    3. If you absolutely feel your life cannot go on without reading something anesthesia related before school, refer back to number 2.

    4. Morgan and Mikhail is a great overview book if you have this undying urge to read about anesthesia before school. However, please read number 2 again.

    PG

    Morgan and Mikhail, Clinical Anesthesiology, 3rd edition, Lange Medical Books/McGraw-Hill Medical Publishing Division
    Last edit by Passin' Gas on Jun 25, '04 : Reason: added reference
  5. by   TraumaNurse
    I agree. Read some relaxing novels or books just for fun. It WILL be the last time you get to enjoy that for 27 months!
    We all are struggling with biochem and physiology too, but I'm not sure that having read the stuff prior to starting would have helped at all.
    Personally, I think if you really must read something that Morgan and Mikhail is a good book to start to browse through. Also, any review of the ANS and pharmacology would help.
    After having only 1 of 27 months down, I wish I could sit and relax with a good fictional book...but I can't. CRNA school really does consume your life. Good luck.
  6. by   sonessrna
    Quote from fallonrn
    I have seen this thread before but could not find it in a search, I am going to study my undergrad A&P book but I know there were some anesthesia recommendations as well. I have 10 months before school starts and would atleast like to delve into some of it. Any suggestions are appreciated.

    Thanks
    What classes will you be starting with...are you front loaded or do you start clinical right away? I agree that Morgan & MIkhail is a MUST have for any anesthesia provider...down and dirty and very easy to comprehend. However, if you are a front loaded program (like mine) there is a lot of other stuff you may want to cover prior to that. I started with a physiology class. Get a good physiology book....Berne & Levy is a good one. I think they are on their 5th edition. Respiratory physiology is always a good place to start...there is Nunn's Respiratory Physiology and The infamous John B. West book on respiratory physiology (known by all of us). If you are taking Anatomy look at getting Ellis and Feldman's Anatomy for Anesthetists or Black and Chambers Essential Anatomy for Anesthetists. If you are taking physics...look at Davis and Kenny Basic Physics and Measurement in Anesthesia. Good luck!!
  7. by   fallonrn
    Quote from sonessrna
    What classes will you be starting with...are you front loaded or do you start clinical right away? I agree that Morgan & MIkhail is a MUST have for any anesthesia provider...down and dirty and very easy to comprehend. However, if you are a front loaded program (like mine) there is a lot of other stuff you may want to cover prior to that. I started with a physiology class. Get a good physiology book....Berne & Levy is a good one. I think they are on their 5th edition. Respiratory physiology is always a good place to start...there is Nunn's Respiratory Physiology and The infamous John B. West book on respiratory physiology (known by all of us). If you are taking Anatomy look at getting Ellis and Feldman's Anatomy for Anesthetists or Black and Chambers Essential Anatomy for Anesthetists. If you are taking physics...look at Davis and Kenny Basic Physics and Measurement in Anesthesia. Good luck!!
    thanks for all the information
  8. by   IBorg
    I totally agree with Traumanurse and others. Take the time to read anything for pleasure. Am in my 2nd month of 29 month program and really can't tell you when I last really had a chance to even watch the news completely not that I really care unless there is breaking news on how you can memorize a thoussand pages of info a week and recall it word for word in a heartbeat. But if anyone has that news please, please do share! My class thought Chem was kicking our butts, now I think it may be Physiology. All consuming this endeavor is and something you really can't appreciate or anticipate unless your in it. It's more consuming than I imagined. But on the bright side my friends who have traveled this road say it is worth the trip. Besides what doesn't kill us, makes us stronger!!! Peace, out!!

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