BigPappaCRNA 3,006 Views
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If you are doing it right (and it sounds like you are), CRNA can be a very boring job. The vast majority of the time, the case is not hard, the patient is not on deaths door, and everything is quite routine. The vast, vast majority of the time, what we do is easy, but we go through school to be able to handle the .05% of the time when it isn't.
It is a very quality program. It offers wonderful, full practice clinical sites. A lot of CRNA only sites. Much independence. I would choose it over most other schools. The clinical training is truly outstanding.
Very likely, it will have some negative effects on which school will consider you as a viable candidate. A GPA that low, going into a very rigorous and science based program, will not be easy to overlook. I would even want you to bring yout nursing GPA above the 3.7 you state(3.7 would be fine, if not for your earlier academic record).
Any ICU that gets a wide variety of cases. All the systems. Generally, this would be a Surgical/Trauma ICU. Nothing wrong with hearts and CVICU, but most of anesthesia does not look like that. It is far, far different.
As far as which type of hospital, there is no right answer. The big teaching hospital certainly gets the acuity, but most nurses miss out on the thinking part of the game. There are attendings and residents there, doing most everything. The smaller hospital has less acuity, but the nurses at the bedside get to do far, far more management of the patient. The both have their advantages.
Lastly, ECMO is completely worthless, from an anesthesia point of view. It is neat, and dramatic, and tense, and there is very little learned or carried over into anesthesia practice. Please, I urge you to NOT make your decision based on whether or not you get to do ECMO.
Yes. It is very much within the CRNA scope of practice. Done every day, all over the country, by CRNAs, everywhere. Having said that, there are less, and less Swan lines being placed. There are so many new and different technologies out there now that give very similar data, and do so with non-invasive technology. As to the OP, that is a very old term, but I am guessing it has something to do with putting up the wedge balloon during the last portion of placement, and letting the balloon "float" into position.
You may get into a program, as there are a lot of them, and some of them are puppy mills. But the more important question is, "will I be able to graduate?" Only you will know for sure, but, anesthesia school is exponentially more difficult than your BSN. If you are able to objectively self assess why you did poorly in past classes, and why you will be better in much more difficult classes, than you will have your answer. But, for myself, before I quit my job, moved, spent 20-50K for the first year, etc, I would want to be damn sure I had a chance a success.
Do nothing directly for school. Relax, chill, take a vacation, visit some friends or family, get your life in order. Get things squared away. Try to take care of all the little things in your life that will get in the way once school starts.
And read "Watchful Care"
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