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  • 1:41 pm

    I would highly suggest going to look on Wake Forest website. They give you specific guidelines on what you can do to make yourself a more competitive candidate. Applicant Self-Assessment Tool - Wake Forest School of Medicine

    My scores were also very middle of the board. (3.3 GPA and 306 GRE) However, I had other things that helped to make me a stronger applicant. I had taken a few graduate level classes (pathophysiology and pharmacology). This proved that I could successfully complete grad level coursework. I was active in nursing organizations, held a position on the board of directors. Obtained CCRN. Gained experience in 2 different ICU's (Neurosurgical and Surgical/Trauma - Level I). Shadowed both a CRNA and Anesthesiologist and talked about the experiences in my essay. I applied to 5 programs and was invited to interview at them all. I ultimately chose to interview at 2 of them and cancelled the other 3 because I had already received offers of admission from 2 very good programs. So even if your numbers are not that impressive there are other things that you can do to help make you a stronger candidate. Best of luck with your applications!

  • 1:39 pm

    The OP is obviously an internet troll, I could see that before I read any other comments on the thread. No BSN educated nurse would form a paragraph like that with such poor sentence structure and grammar. Not to mention that no BSN educated nurse would say such a ridiculous and uninformed statement about CRNA's, especially when they claim to work the OR. Usually OR nurses are the first to tell me how impressive the CRNA's are and even desire to get into the ICU to have a hope of attending CRNA school themselves one day. Even if they don't aspire to do anesthesia one day any nurse I've ever spoken to about it greatly respects and admires CRNA's.

    Word to the wise, don't get inflamed by fake internet trolls who enjoy causing drama on internet forums. I've noticed a few showing up in the advanced practice threads in the last year saying obviously inflammatory and ill-informed things that are derogatory to nurses and the APRN field. They aren't even sharing a valid or defensible opinion with any evidenced research to back it up, so there's no way to debate logic to them.

    Don't feed the internet trolls and eventually they will die.

  • 1:37 pm

    Quote from offlabel
    Well....just at what point are they competent for that or competent oversight by another CRNA? 2 months? A year? When? That's what difference it makes.
    Every CRNA should be competent to work independently from day 1 after graduation or they shouldn't be a CRNA IMHO. That is how I was trained and that is how I train all my students.

  • May 3

    Quote from TriciaJ
    Am I the only one who is extremely put off by this? The complaint is that CRNAs are overpaid, over-educated and don't require much in the way of skills. Before I disparaged someone else's value, I think I would make sure I could write at a fifth grade level.
    Exactly. With the same mindset as the OP, one could say that nurses (RNs/LPNs) are replaceable because med techs can give meds, take vitals, and follow physician orders. Because really, what else is there? Apparently education is of no value, and neither is spelling/grammar.

  • May 3

    Am I the only one who is extremely put off by this? The complaint is that CRNAs are overpaid, over-educated and don't require much in the way of skills. Before I disparaged someone else's value, I think I would make sure I could write at a fifth grade level.

  • May 3

    Are you a poorly paid OR nurse?
    I get jealous of the CRNAs too...
    But I also acknowledge their knowledge of anesthesia.

  • May 3

    Quote from jasy
    ...mdas let them intubate and then leave crnas manage take vitals do the paperwork mdas come for emergence if there is something wrong mdas take over...
    Not a CRNA, but I don't think you fully understand what this entails.

  • May 3

    You have a very flawed understanding of what CRNAs actually do. If that is truly the role in Houston, I am glad I am not there.

  • May 3

    Why is it flawed?
    Shouldn't a rigorous education and the responsibility of the CRNA to keep your life safe deserve a handsome salary?

  • May 2

    Not all Hospitals hire ADNs ... there is a big shift toward bsn as the standard

  • May 2

    Quote from jja224
    AlrightMike. 4 years may seem like a lot, but to make an extra 100k + per year is definitely worth it. At least in my opinion..
    If you're discouraging others away from the CRNA profession for so many reasons why are you personally pursuing it?

  • May 2

    Quote from jja224
    FYI. Pay isn't that great and jobs aren't plentiful in metropolitan areas
    Where are you getting this from? Pay is 150-180 starting as far as I know (on the higher end in rural areas) and all schools I've checked out in metropolitan areas have a 100% employment rate after graduation. COA posts these.

    Where I work for example they are getting rid of anesthesiologists and hiring more CRNAs. The job prospects for CRNAs is growing.

  • May 2

    Well you're probably gonna take at least 4 years to do your bsn. Then you need to find a job with your bsn to get some icu experience, typically 2 years or more I think. New grads are finding it hard to find employment right out of school and more so landing icu right away. Then you gotta go back to school for your crna and who knows how long that's gonna take.

  • May 2

    I would advise you not to pick a career solely based on salary (especially crna). Pick a career you will be happy with. 6 figure means nothing if you're miserable.

  • May 1

    In my opinion a strong program has a history of a few things: low attrition rate over a 5-10 year period, high pass rate for first time test takers, good reputation among students, good reputation among local and participating clincal sites, and lastly accreditation is 5-10 years. But that is just my opinion


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