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  • Jan 12

    CRNAs can and do work in all 50 states. Completely independently of any MDA. I have simply NEVER heard of any ACT practice as you describe. If true, it is indeed the outlier. I haven't seen an MDA in over 10 years.

  • Jan 7

    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.

  • Jan 5

    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.

  • Jan 5

    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.

  • Jan 5

    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.

  • Jan 5

    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.

  • Dec 18 '16

    Quote from Bluebolt
    So no advice for the original post about practicing at my fullest capacity and learning advanced skill very well? Come on CRNA's, you must have noticed some paths to success in that way.
    It all starts with which school one attends. Some are set up for independence. Some are set up to be factories for the local ACT practice. Be careful which one you choose. You will not be given good training and a broad range of experiences if it is an MDA dominated training program, as they do not like to train their competition. They are financially invested in limiting opportunity.

  • Dec 4 '16

    To answer your question, YES. It has improved THAT much over the last 20 years. Capnograpy, ultrasound, Glidescopes, Echo's, Vigileo, LMAs, and on and on and on. Huge technological advances that make anesthesia breathtakingly boring. Nobody who has practiced for the last 20 years could ask such a naive question.

    And are are you really debating, and trying to prove a point by insisting that the death rate is really 1:250K instead of 1:300K ?!?!?

  • Aug 24 '16

    CRNAs can and do work in all 50 states. Completely independently of any MDA. I have simply NEVER heard of any ACT practice as you describe. If true, it is indeed the outlier. I haven't seen an MDA in over 10 years.

  • Aug 22 '16

    The possibilities of work are endless. Every conceivable shift and combination is worked every day. By thousands. Some flexibility may be needed on your part, as not all practice styles, and types, exist everywhere. And even though you received excellent advice above, there sometimes is shift work where you absolutely get relieved. OB, and Trauma are two examples. When you are working in those two specialties, there is always someone scheduled to come on and relieve you. The larger the hospital, the more likely this is the case. The smaller more remote the hospital, the less likely.

  • Jul 17 '16

    Quote from Bluebolt
    So no advice for the original post about practicing at my fullest capacity and learning advanced skill very well? Come on CRNA's, you must have noticed some paths to success in that way.
    It all starts with which school one attends. Some are set up for independence. Some are set up to be factories for the local ACT practice. Be careful which one you choose. You will not be given good training and a broad range of experiences if it is an MDA dominated training program, as they do not like to train their competition. They are financially invested in limiting opportunity.

  • Jul 17 '16

    Quote from Bluebolt
    So no advice for the original post about practicing at my fullest capacity and learning advanced skill very well? Come on CRNA's, you must have noticed some paths to success in that way.
    It all starts with which school one attends. Some are set up for independence. Some are set up to be factories for the local ACT practice. Be careful which one you choose. You will not be given good training and a broad range of experiences if it is an MDA dominated training program, as they do not like to train their competition. They are financially invested in limiting opportunity.

  • Jul 17 '16

    The possibilities of work are endless. Every conceivable shift and combination is worked every day. By thousands. Some flexibility may be needed on your part, as not all practice styles, and types, exist everywhere. And even though you received excellent advice above, there sometimes is shift work where you absolutely get relieved. OB, and Trauma are two examples. When you are working in those two specialties, there is always someone scheduled to come on and relieve you. The larger the hospital, the more likely this is the case. The smaller more remote the hospital, the less likely.

  • Jul 17 '16

    The possibilities of work are endless. Every conceivable shift and combination is worked every day. By thousands. Some flexibility may be needed on your part, as not all practice styles, and types, exist everywhere. And even though you received excellent advice above, there sometimes is shift work where you absolutely get relieved. OB, and Trauma are two examples. When you are working in those two specialties, there is always someone scheduled to come on and relieve you. The larger the hospital, the more likely this is the case. The smaller more remote the hospital, the less likely.

  • Jul 4 '16

    Quote from Kyanq1980
    Can someone shine some light my way....

    I will be applying to TWU CRNA 2017 start date. Wanted to receive some input on my background and what I could do to increase my chances of acceptance into the program.


    I have a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration and an Associates in Nursing. This month will be six years since I became an RN. I have been extremely fortunate to have started working in a PICU from day one. I was also crossed trained to work in the NICU six months after. I continue to work in these departments in an Advanced Level III Hospital. I recently obtained my RNC-NIC, which is an equivalent to the CCRN in NICU.

    Cumulative GPA of 3.07, Nursing GPA was approximately a 3.4, still pending to take my GRE and a Chemistry course to meet requirements.

    TWU offers an RN to MSNA program. A bachelors degree can be in another field.

    I unfortunately did not do as well in my early course work, and worry that these stats wont be competitive enough. Not sure of I should retake some courses or obtain a BSN in order to boost my GPA.

    Any opinions and suggestions are welcome.

    Thank you
    Sadly, with your current situation, you are a very weak candidate. Just trying to be objective and honest. Not trying to sound harsh. Your GPA is marginal at best, and your work experience is less than ideal. Both can be overcome, and are not absolutes, but taken together, they make you a marginal candidate. Rather than finding the one school who will take you as is, I would work to strengthen my candidacy, and in a few years, apply to other schools. Get some adult experience. Take some graduate courses in science or stats and DO WELL. Get your CCRN, and any other certification you can. Shadow as much as you can. Do will on your GRE. I dont know if TWU even requires the GRE, but a good score will help them see you have potential. If you score less than 300, it is probably time to look for your career in a new direction. It is not hard to figure out how to make yourself better, maybe you should make sure you can actually do some graduate level course work before you spend thousands of dollars, quit your job, relocate, and then do poorly. Good luck.


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