Tomorrow "The Big Day"

  1. I cannot help but feel obligated to make a personal satement. Here I Stand at the threshold of the begging of the end in this long road which is academia. Like Timothy I have fought a good fight, I have finshed my course, I have kept the faith.
    Are there anywords that can describe what we have been through to this point. There are many words but none that can sum it up.
    tomorrow is a day long awaited by myself. since the second grade when I had my tonsils out. I have set my will to this end. and on the eve of this great undertaking I am stricken with diarrhea and nausea. (how appropriate) I do not belive sleep will come this night.
    good luck to us all. for a constant motivation I have decided that if ther is ever a day I am sick of studing. I will go straight to the local ICU and remind myself of the alternative.
    your collegue
    Matt Smith
    Last edit by alansmith52 on Aug 17, '03
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  2. 24 Comments

  3. by   TraumaNurse
    Best of luck to you Matt. Keep posting as your adventure unfolds so we can all have a deeper appreciation for what CRNA school is all about. I will do the same.
  4. by   ticu
    Congratulations, and I mean it!

    However, I personally think that after you graduate from CRNA school they should make you an anesthesiologist, why bother with NURSE anesthetist...

    Your comments are prime example why just a year of ICU experience is NOT enough for many people who apply for CRNA school...

    "...just to remind myself of the alternative"... what an arrogance! :-(
  5. by   alansmith52
    I am sorry I did not mean that to be derogatory toward ICU nurses. I myself had three years. we need those nurses. but as for my self I can't do it for the rest of my life. for all the reasons you can imagine.
  6. by   ticu
    OK, in your case, three years are not enough... Sorry
  7. by   alansmith52
    enough for what.. to eventually embrase ICU nursing as my career. what magic do you expect to happen overtime. code more people, be demeened by more doctors, wipe more buttocks, see more tragedy, hold more hands durring death, steal somemore milk from the hosptial and lorna dunes, eat more soda crackers in the middle of the night, go to more education, sucumb so more hosptial policy, be poorly managed, jock itch from walking so much, be disrespected by patients and family and my family, mix more dopamine thats it maybe in ten more years I'll really know my drugs, maybe I could work short handed some more that would really show me, there are the crappy gifts I will miss out on durring nurses week. What is the magic maturity one can gain over time. I already said that I respect ICU nurses emensly they are professionals who save lives every day in secret. I have relied on them in the past and will do so in the furture.
  8. by   ticu
    Nobody said you should choose ICU nursing as an career, but on our cardio-thoracic ICU we don't let people take care of complicated patients until they have at least 3 years of experience and from your remarks I have a distinct feeling that you hated your ICU stint and being a nurse - never mind your "we need ICU nurses" stuff...

    I have recovered too many patients coming from anesthesiologists who have no idea about recovery process and how they can make the patient better before they leave OR. It seems to me that your ICU experience must have been horrible and you did not give it a chance to learn from it. Too bad...
  9. by   gotosleep
    "I have recovered too many patients coming from anesthesiologists who have no idea about recovery process and how they can make the patient better before they leave OR. "

    Maybe you should instruct them on how to administer anesthesia then. Really, it sounds like you have all the answers.

    Why don't you go spend some time in the OR.
  10. by   gotosleep
    Three years to take care of serious patients? That's just absurd.
  11. by   ticu
    gotosleep,

    I never said that I can go and replace anesthesiologist in the OR. Please, read more carefuly...

    BTW, are you one of them?
  12. by   sandman
    This could get interesting...

    I've known nurses that probably need 3 years before they could handle the difficult patients. I also know of nurses 6 months out of school carring for post op heart transplants. I think that the majority of us know our stuff. I agree...three years is absurd.
  13. by   gotosleep
    Originally posted by ticu
    gotosleep,

    I never said that I can go and replace anesthesiologist in the OR. Please, read more carefuly...

    BTW, are you one of them?
    I'm a SRNA. I just think that you may not be familiar with all the variables associated with administering anesthesia. It's a little more than just passin' gas.
  14. by   London88
    alansmith52,
    There is no need to defend your perspective because you are entitled to your opinion, and you did not make any negative statements about ICU nurses. One of the factors which influenced my decision to go to anes. school is that I work in a unit with unrestricted visitation, and the stress of dealing with families for a whole shift is more stressful than taking care of my patient who is hooked up to every piece of technology available. I enjoy the clinical, and technical aspects of ICU/CCU nursing, hence my decision to go to anes. school where I can focus a lot more clinically without the continuous stress of the families. I have no problem working under clinical stress, but can do without the additional distractions.

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