Stamina, fitness & CRNA stress--how do you manage? - page 2

What steps do you take to remain healthy and fit so you can adequately handle the stress of the CRNA responsibilities and maintain the stamina that's required? Thanks!... Read More

  1. Visit  athomas91} profile page
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    i must admit - being sick this wk and being in class every day has killed my origional work out routine...i am pooped....hopefully next wk when we are on a reg. schedule will allow me to get back into the swing of things...i have to go take a nap.....:chuckle
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  3. Visit  deepz} profile page
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    Yoga wrote:

    "Anesthetists have to find a outlet for stress somewhere; some drink, do drugs, overeat, etc--exercise is healthier."

    Very important, yes, exercise. And humor:

    http://www.gaspasser.com/totheones.html

    deepz
  4. Visit  MICU RN} profile page
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    Also learn to maximize your time, what I do is get on the stationary bike and read my school stuff if I am really squeezed for time. although, I have not started the clinical part of the program, that is coming in March. Now lifting weights, well I have not figured away to combine both of those activities yet.

    Being flexiable, is also very important, school will have to come first, which means some weeks I will not be able to exercise as much as I would like. But I do think it is very important to try to exercise whenever possible.
  5. Visit  tmobsnmsrn} profile page
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    I totally agree with the exercise part. However, proper nutrition is also essential to keep one alert and fit for this rigorous educational program and job thereafter.

    I did not pass the CRNA board exam in June 1995 because of unhealthy diet and primarily because I was so burnt out after 1 1/2 years of graduate pre-requisite courses and 2 yrs of nurse anesthesia with graduate school program. I remembered drinking 8 cups of coffee a day just to keep me awake to study for long hours every day and to keep me going for several hrs with all the stress and running around.

    Walking around the OR and the hospital was my sole exercise which was unhealthy too because I did not think it was relaxing for me. I took the CRNA board only once and never took it again. I am deliberating whether I should take it again or not.

    Take it from yoga CRNA who has a passion for the job and who has a great wealth of experience as a CRNA and still going and going and going...
  6. Visit  athomas91} profile page
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    i haven't yet started clinical (although that is only 2 wk away) but i have managed an hour wkout every evening (5 nites/wk)

    i am lucky clinically - my site for the first year is dayshift only (no nites or on call) - so hopefully that will help some semblance of a schedule...

    i had my husband rig a setup for my books in my face while on the elliptical machine....that way i am not wasting time...
  7. Visit  New CCU RN} profile page
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    Originally posted by failedGRNA
    I totally agree with the exercise part. However, proper nutrition is also essential to keep one alert and fit for this rigorous educational program and job thereafter.

    I did not pass the CRNA board exam in June 1995 because of unhealthy diet and primarily because I was so burnt out after 1 1/2 years of graduate pre-requisite courses and 2 yrs of nurse anesthesia with graduate school program. I remembered drinking 8 cups of coffee a day just to keep me awake to study for long hours every day and to keep me going for several hrs with all the stress and running around.

    Walking around the OR and the hospital was my sole exercise which was unhealthy too because I did not think it was relaxing for me. I took the CRNA board only once and never took it again. I am deliberating whether I should take it again or not.

    Take it from yoga CRNA who has a passion for the job and who has a great wealth of experience as a CRNA and still going and going and going...
    I just wanted to say you shouldn't give up on your goals!!!! Try agian with that exam!!! Ypu seem like you have done some retrospective analysis of what happened in the past. So learn form it and move on! Take a review course and study study study but really, why not give the exam another shot? You have nothing to loose. Good luck
  8. Visit  New CCU RN} profile page
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    With regard to keeping up on fitness levels during school, I can imagine it could be quite a feat. I personally am not even in CRNA school yet, but even the transition from undergrad where I was able to work out all the time (I used to run xc, indoor and outdoor track during college) to adjusting to a "nursing schedule" with twelve hr shifts, night shift, day shift, the rotating, working days in a row... was pretty tough for me to keep up with working out. I am finally at the point know where I am able to balance working out, working full time and often OT, taking some prereq classes, and having a bit of a social life.... and it took me two years of working as a nurse to adjust.... I know CRNA is exponentially more difficult, so to those of you who are able to keep up with their fitness ... you deserve a ton of credit.
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  10. Visit  TLC RN} profile page
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    From that weblink article I read, "According to the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists, out of 14,835 nationally, only 305 anesthetists are black. Of those, nine blacks are practicing in New Jersey. "


    Is there really only about 15K people practicing? On the AANA website it says there are over 30K. How many anesthetists are graduating each year? I thought I saw about 2000/year in another thread?

    Does anyone know the truth about each figure (#practing & # graduating) each year?
  11. Visit  Berliner} profile page
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    I don't know the answer to the above post, but back to the flexability questions- a good quad/ hamstring stretch in the elevator or calves against the tire wall of the car before driving etc helps me!
  12. Visit  athomas91} profile page
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    yeah, stretching is good.... worked out legs last wk - couldn't walk right for 4 days...not a good idea!!
  13. Visit  trav2CRNA} profile page
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    Everyone I know in my class has gained weight, experienced depression, anxiety, headaches or frequent sickness. Mostly from stress but also lack of exercise, lack of sleep and poor diets (no $$).
    Theres always the weekends for exercise i guess but i do need to clean, groceries and see other human beings for my sanity.
    you have to compromise. and you need to learn to de-stress. my advice is to make friends with classmates. they give great advice on CRNA preceptors but its also nice to have people to vent to and they understand. and of course of the feeling of comradery
  14. Visit  MoLee228} profile page
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    Quote from yoga crna

    Anesthetists have to find a outlet for stress somewhere; some drink, do drugs, overeat, etc--exercise is healthier.

    By the way, I am over 65 and have been doing anesthesia almost 44 years and the stresses of the profession are still there, so learn how to deal with them early.

    Yoga CRNA
    Interesting that you say that...I just had an interview for a CRNA program and one of their first questions was how do I handle stress and what is my outlet for reducing stress. For me it is my animals (including riding my horses, which counts as exercise in my book)


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