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81 chapters? Really? Suggested readings? Mandatory readings? Certainly, there must be some focus. If you compare the different texts, many have much of the same information.
Let me know....i'll help out where i can.
I am interested in moving to sacramento after graduation. Can anyone give any advice on hospitals that use CRNA's in the area? Is it easy or difficult to find a job in the area? Any advice is appreciated!
how many of you use your pda during anesthesia school. is it helpful or do you get a chance to use it? if you are using one for school, what programs are the most usefull.
I have a Treo 680 (pda/cell combo) and absolutely love it. Plenty of memory for your programs and if you absolutely are worried about room you can add an SD card. I added a 1gig (If i can remember correctly) for pretty cheap, and to be honest, I didn't even need the extra memory. I honestly wouldn't go out and get a ton of stuff. I got some basics as you just aren't going to have time to sit in clinicals reading. I got some quick reference stuff:
epocrates: it's free and has a bunch of med calculators on it already.
sota amagoigui's anesthesia drug guide: like epocrates, but with an anesthesia focus.
mass general anesthesia procedures handbook just as a quick reference.
Tabor's medical cyclopedia- I just don't know everything i read and it's an awesome quick reference when quickly going over an H&P and see something that you can't remember or aren't 100% sure of.
The only other thing I'm thinking about getting is Stoelting's Coexisting Disease (I'm not even sure if it exists for a PDA.) and I'm waiting for the new one to come out in February or March. If it's not in PDA format, I'll probably just do the handbook then.
That's it for me so far and I hope this helps a bit.
Legally, both are required to work under a doctor. However, sometimes a CRNA can get away with working under any doctor, not necessarily an anesthesiologist. An AA is legally required to work under an anesthesiologist.
However, the job descriptions and pay are pretty much identical.
In practice, CRNA = AA. .
I'm about to turn in my application to Samuel Merritt College's CRNA program located in Oakland, CA. I was wondering if anyone has had experience with the school and what that was like. I read the posts about the interviews for that school, but would like more information on what it's like to be a student at that campus.
Also, any ideas why they only have about 80 applicants a year?
I grew up in the Bay Area and remember Oakland as an unsafe place. What is the campus like and is it in a safe neighborhood?
Hi every one, I hope some of you can answer my question regarding working and being in the anesthesia program. I am the bread winner in my home, and I find it difficult not to work. Is it possible to work pool on weekends at least 2( 12hr ) shift?
I was just told at school today that it would be a smart idea to invest in a palm pilot with a good drug program on it. I have never owned one before. Does anyone have any advice on whick type to buy that is relatively simple to use and what drug program to buy?
Any advice would be great!
I'm 33 now...will be 35 when i'm finished...
So what if you'll be 38 when you're done...that's nothing...If you practice until you're 65, that's nearly 30 years of practice....that's a no-brainer if you ask me. Even if you were 55 when you finished...You'd still have a good 10 years to practice assuming you retire at 65.
1 year community hospital ICU...combined ccu/micu/sicu
2.5 years university hospital, level 1 trauma, trauma & vascular sicu
1.5 years cardiac surgery icu...busy program...non-teaching...lot's of autonomy...and enough rope to hang yourself if you weren't careful...but awesome experience overall
I was just wondering, for those of you who are currently applying to, or recently began, CRNA programs...In the begining, even before nursing school, did it feel like it would take forever to get to this point?
You can pretty much get as much as you need. Here's how my financial aid went. Filled out the FAFSA (free federal financial aid form, or whatever it's called). Got my award letter from the school which included the full stafford, sub and unsub amounts, and the grad plus, which was set at the default amount. After tuition, I would have had about 1k a month to live on, in northern california, which is ridiculous.
I contacted the fa office, requested a re-eval of my personal cost of attendance. I had to give them a very detailed monthly budget, along with some supportive documentation (mortgage statement, etc). I padded things a bit knowing from previous students that they tend to low-ball a little bit. They pretty much gave me what I needed and asked for. In all, I ended up borrowing just under 40k from the feds for the 1st semester. Before you all start going crazy, remember I live in northern california, and my program is a private school which is front loaded with a lot of units the 1st semester.
I just wanted to demonstrate that it can be done with federal loans alone. The money is there. You may have to be proactive and get the fa office to see things your way, but you should get what you need.
Dont' freak out about the price tag of school. It's an investment with solid returns. And, you'll be able to consolidate your loans for reduced interest rates after you're done and may even be able to get some tuition reimbursement from an employer.
Good luck and feel free to PM me if you have any questions. (Be patient if i don't respond quickly, CRNA school is pretty busy to say the least).
Applied to one and got in on the first try. May want to do a search, quite a few old threads with the same subject.
Don't forget all of your benefits. Those really add up. If i had to COBRA my health insurance, that would cost me almost 1k per month. Factor that, disability, life insurance, retirement contributions if any, etc....It's the total package, not what you earn per hour.
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