Help me pull my head out....


  1. Help from all you SRNA and CRNA types:

    Going through the CRNA program is killing me. "Why?", you ask?

    I have made "A's" in most of my undergraduate and post graduate courses...including all the prerequisite science courses. Getting B's is shaking me up a bit. Yes, the whole class is making B's. Yes, I welcome the challenge...knew it would be this hard. It does not matter on your grades, as long as you understand and retain the information....and I agree to all of this.

    So what is the problem?

    I need a little encouragement that grades do not make the CRNA. Looking for that one statement from any CRNA or recent SRNA, that will rock me out of this idiotic thinking that "B's are not adequate."

    Thanks much,

    Simba
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  2. 7 Comments

  3. by   TexasCRNA
    Dude, you have got to learn to relax!! So what if you don't get all A's. All these classes are trying to do is get you ready for the boards and to make you think to why you do what you do in the OR with anes.

    You know where you stand and don't need to look for a little letter at the top of a paper to make you feel like you are "getting it." That is only of measure of the course material taught and your regurgitation on a test. In the clinical is where all that info comes in to play. You have to be able to apply what you learn in the class to practice and that is where it counts the most.

    I know of students that could pass the classes with As but they sucked in the OR. Don't let those grades bother you and find a good equilibrium between classes and clinicals. It is very easy to get caught up in the grade competition thing with your classmates and some tend to think the one with the best grades is/are the best SRNAs but that is not true my friend!!

    e'nuff said, Lee.
  4. by   nilepoc
    Read my latest blog entry addressing this very issue.

    Graduate school is not about heroics.
    -my wife

    Cheers.
  5. by   Qwiigley
    There is a saying in our class, Bs will get you 6 figures.
    That kind of boils it down. We are all over acheivers. Its the nature of the critical care nurse and CRNA. But, like said above, you have to know the material in the clinical setting. It does not matter if you can recite the oil/gas coefficient in 3 seconds or less. It does matter that you understand the importance of it and how to finesse the patient to sleep and back. It is important for you to be able to remember that this is a person on the table and they are trusting you. Can you do what is necessary to keep them safe? Who cares what your grade was? I'd rather have someone who got respectable Bs and can think on their feet.
  6. by   SambvcaSim
    Thanks for the responses!
  7. by   SambvcaSim
    I have to share this with all of you..........

    ...went to the SRNA-Professor christmas party tonight. Knowing I passed the course, but curious about my grade........my instructor whispered into my ear ("you passed".)

    It sunk in at that moment..........

    GRADES JUST DON'T MATTER! KNOWLEDGE DOES!

    An idiot awakens!
  8. by   2banurse
    Originally posted by SambvcaSim
    I have to share this with all of you..........

    ...went to the SRNA-Professor christmas party tonight. Knowing I passed the course, but curious about my grade........my instructor whispered into my ear ("you passed".)

    It sunk in at that moment..........

    GRADES JUST DON'T MATTER! KNOWLEDGE DOES!

    An idiot awakens!
    CONGRATULATIONS SAMBVCASIM!!!

    What a nice Christmas Gift!
  9. by   SambvcaSim
    2banurse,

    Thank you..............congrats on awakening or passing...hehe... Just kidding! Thank you!

    Simba

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