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    naturalgas likes this.

    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.

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    calirn2006 likes this.

    Quote from calirn2006
    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!
    Kaiser North consists of the Kaiser Roseville and Kaiser Morse Ave, yeah...two facilities, you'd work at both. Kaiser South in south Sac area & UC Davis Medical Center. Sutter Memorial Hospital for some per diem OB. No idea who's hiring. Check their web pages.

    Good luck.

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    Quote from wildflower rn
    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.
    Take a look at this link

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    vikingirl and KaeRN like this.

    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.

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    NRSKarenRN likes this.

    Quote from foreverLaur
    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.
    I'm not sure if you're intentionally trying to be misleading or have just been misinformed but, for clarification, there are no laws that require a CRNA to be supervised by an anesthesiologist anywhere in the US, even for medicare reimbursement in the non-opted out states. There is no "getting away with" anything, which suggests we have found a loop hole and are circumventing the law. An anesthesiologist supervising a CRNA is a group or hospital policy/practice, not law. CRNA's do not need an anesthesiologist to practice. CRNA's need a physician to request anesthesia services, and if you want to label that as "working under", well, it's your label, but it's inaccurate at best.

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    Quote from foreverLaur
    In practice, CRNA = AA. .
    Except for the fact that AA's don't practice independently, anywhere.

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    jemommyRN likes this.

    Quote from californianurse
    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?

    80 applicants? Completely inaccurate...the admissions department forwards about 80 apps to the anesthesia program to hand pick about 45 people for interviews, accepting 20-25 each year. There are hundreds of apps each year. Directly from the admissions person last year, they were looking at about a 7% acceptance rate when compared to total apps, that makes it about 350ish apps last year.

    As far as the school, i'm not sure what exactly you're looking for. It's front loaded. They have a great sim lab with two simulated OR's. Overall, i'm happy, and the staff will bend over backwards to make sure you get through. If you don't make it in this program, it's your own fault. Core nursing theory classes are held as intensive weekends. Three courses, two weekends for each held over three semesters. Pretty painless.

    One thing they will be up front about...they have so many clinical sites, you will be driving. You will not be at just one or two clinical sites, you will experience many. Tons of hours, and tons of cases with lots of regional.

    The is Oakland. Like any urban environment, you can't be careless. If you stray to far away from the school, yes, you kind find yourself in an unfavorable neighborhood. The actual school grounds are very nice and are very safe.

    Good luck to ya...

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    Quote from thompv
    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?
    Don't bother. It's not worth your time, energy, or sanity for a couple shifts a week. You'll be spread thin and burn out in no time from the combination of work and the rigors of the program.

    I'm the bread winner also. I have a 300k mortgage to pay for, commute costs, tuition, books, living expenses, etc...for a family of four, soon to be five. I refuse to work now and kill myself any further. School alone is difficult enough. If you work a couple 12's a week and go to a CRNA program full time, you're taking a real gamble of not being able to finish, or take it for the 2+ years. Take out the extra bit of loans you would be saving and save yourself some sanity and give yourself the best chance of successfully navigating anesthesia school and coming out a competent provider.

    Just my 2 cents...

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    Quote from calirn2006
    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!
    Since you posted in the CRNA forum, I'm guessing you are referring to anesthesia stuff. I have a Palm Treo. I got the 680 (Older version) because the CNET reviews seemed to indicate they are more stable than the newer 700's. I splurged for the Treo because i just didn't want to carry more crap around. Palm + Phone or just the Treo. You're call.

    Drug guide wise, I have the free Epocrates for general stuff, and I got Sota Amagui's (sp?) Anesthesia Drug Guide. For quick reference in clinicals I have Mass General on my palm also, and for kicks I threw the Taber's Med Encyclopedia on there. That's about it. Hope it helps.

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    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.

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    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

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    Quote from rlrcih
    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?
    Yep. Just put your head down and do your best at everything. You'll get there.

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    GenXnurse and Zissa1367 like this.

    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).

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    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.

    Good luck.

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    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.