To all of you starting nurse anesthesia programs in the next few weeks....PUT THE TEXTBOOKS AWAY!! Seriously, spend time with your family, friends, close acquaintances, anyone you enjoy spending time with. Read novels, your favorite non-nursing/anesthesia journals, take a brief vacation away, somewhere else.
It does not matter what your background is...16 years trauma ICU, 18 months CCU, 19 months ICU and 5 years ER, IT DOESN'T MATTER! Honestly, spend the last few precious free moments with family, get your apartment or new home setup, pictures on the wall, etc, figure out where the best grocery store (cheapest) is located, etc.
The ONLY individuals I would encourage any studying would be those who have not had any chemistry in the past 4-5 years. If you didn't take a chemistry course this past summer, dig up a basic chemistry book with a study guide and flip through it (that's really all you have time for at this point) and hit the highlights; use the book as a reference for the graduate courses.
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Good luck to everyone starting nurse anesthesia school! Let us know how things are going for you!