Latest Comments by BigPappaCRNA

Latest Comments by BigPappaCRNA

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Joined Jan 13, '13. Posts: 22 (55% Liked) Likes: 27

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    ArtAndScience likes this.

    They should not have huge class size. They should not be scrambling to find clinical sites for all their students at the last minute. Their attrition rate should be low. They should offer CRNA only sites through which to rotate. They should have hands opportunity for blocks and spinals and epidurals. There should be no need to ever worry about your numbers, any of your numbers. If the program constantly tells you how tough, hard, and rigorous they are, I would run away. If the program tells you to study for your interview, I would look elsewhere. If the current students aren't allowed to speak with prospective students freely and openly, I would look elsewhere. If the program is owned and ran by a Med group, I would look elsewhere. If they are not regionally accredited, I would look elsewhere. Of course there can be exceptions, but these should be at least some of the indicators of which prospective students to research. Carefully!!! Good luck.

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    Quote from mmbackpacker
    Simply not true. I know two students finishing a doctorate at other colleges. Additionally, the fact that the current standard of practice is a masters degree, so once you graduate with a masters, you have it, and they can't take it back (despite the common nightmare of this happening). If what you are saying is true, none of the graduates would be able to take boards, but contrary to what you are saying, all graduates take the boards. So really, this argument is #1, not factual, it is misleading; #2, the amount of students who intend to continue in a doctorate program is, percentage wise, pretty small, further negating your efforts to smear Wolford.
    You seem to be misguided, and I would not want others listening to you making expensive and difficult life choices. A Master's degree from Wolford is only worth what any other facility is willing to accept. Since it is not from a regionally accredited university, some schools DO NOT recognize it. Some do. Most don't. If you wanted to be a faculty member of a regionally accredited university, you would not be allowed, based on the lack of having a real degree.

    Now some programs will accept your degree, for the purposes of furthering another degree, and why wouldn't they? Lots of money flowing to them. Most will not, again, because your degree is not regionally accredited. Why play russian roulette with your future? Also, why one currently can take boards and practice, that may not always be the case. At any time, a states BON can, and quite likely will, say that APN's must graduate from a regionally accredited university. There will be no grandfathering. You either have the degree or you do not. If indeed Wolford does get accredited at a later date, all degrees issued previously are still up in the air, potentially worthless.

    If after all this, someone still wants to apply and attend, by all means, feel free. As long as you are doing so with your eyes wide open, and full of accurate information, it is your decision alone. I just know that if I was paying 100K for my degree, I would like to have have ZERO doubts as to its worth and acceptance nationally, but hey, thats just me.

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    jja224 likes this.

    You do not have a very good shot to get into a strong program. Your grades are just middle of the pack, so you will need much more experience to be competitive, not to mention a stronger SRNA. One year is just not enough. You might get accepted to one of the puppy mills, but not a strong program, and you don't want that. Good Luck.

    P.S. Stay FAR away from Wolford until they get regionally accredited, not just accredited by the COA, but by a regionally accreditation body.

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    You simply DO NOT need Cardio-specific ICU experience. Any good, busy, diverse ICU will be fine. I have precepted students for over two decades, and truth be known, consistently the best SRNAs come from the Neuro ICU. Once or twice might be a coincidence, but this is a consistent phenomena. "Experience" is more for the process. For feeling comfortable and confident. For having mastery over your little domain. CVICU specific is not important(It is not bad, just not superior). Good Luck.

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    Another reason not to change jobs, or apply now with minimum experience, is that you will have nobody you can ask for references. Certainly no Nurse Manager can give you the type of reference you will need after just 9 months. If you change units, it is even worse. You have a jilted after 9 months previous manager, and a current manager who would be truly pissed to find you attempting to leave after a very brief stint in their unit. Truly, both reference would suck. Stick where you are at, work two more years, take classes (ABG, Acid-Base, ACLS, ATLS, etc) and get your CCRN, and be an asset to your unit. Then you will have the experience you need, and the references you need to go with it.

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    ICUman, jja224, and CCRN_CSC_0710 like this.

    I cannot urge you strongly enough to put in a few years at your current unit, 2-3, before applying. Less than one is simply not enough time. Period. You seemed to indicate that you have soaked up all the ICU has to offer, and I assure you that is just not the case. I have been a CRNA for a long time, and sat on admissions committees for two different programs. You are currently not a viable candidate, although you are on the right track, and doing it well. A very solid ICU background helps make a very solid SRNA. As far as Level I, it is vastly overrated, and not really considered particularly helpful. That is a long term myth. We just like experience. In fact smaller units offer far more opportunities for growth. What one gives up in acuity, one makes up for it with autonomy, critical thinking, and independence. Your current unit sounds just fine, just give it another two years and then apply. You will then be a stud. If you apply now, you WILL stand out, and not in a good way.

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    Alor14582 and traumaRUs like this.

    Most ORs have masks with face shields. Those are my preference. It is big and protective. Most ORs also have disposable glasses that shield very well as well, as was mentioned above. I used to wear a pair of quality "Gargoyle" brand clear shooting glasses. The are expensive, but have perfect optics with no distortion and were developed for pistol target shooting. Plenty of "3M" safety glasses on the market, and it is now pretty easy to find them with built in bifocal readers for aging eyes.

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    CardiacDork and Bluebolt like this.

    Quote from Bluebolt
    Yes, I don't understand the intense debate here. Is one trying to prove that anesthesia is the root cause of much more deaths than recorded?

    Even if the number is slightly different than what is cited I think you provided a ratio that was a minor difference, a fluctuation that could probably be argued in many research findings.

    We can all agree to disagree on the exact number and if there is so much passion on the topic begin your own in depth research on true deaths related to anesthesia. Start with Joan Rivers. Although as was pointed out earlier your results may still be skewed based on the acuity, coding, etc.

    I Think the the number is getting so small, that further study is kind of a waste. The data provided is mostly old data, and even then the number is in the range of 1:250K to 1:300K. Considering the dramatic increase in airway adjuncts and technology now commonplace, the actual incidence is likely far, far smaller. I just don't see the purpose of further studying the incidence of something so rare.

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    ICUman and wtbcrna like this.

    Quote from offlabel
    Oh....BTW, I'm A CRNA. But I still don't think that being in anesthesia is a prerequisite for this conversation, for what its worth.
    I Have my doubts.

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    wtbcrna likes this.

    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 ?!?!?

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    You truly are confused. Yes. The program has accreditation from the COA (not for much longer). The University with which it currently finds itself affiliated DOES NOT. The degree you have is NOT honored by the vast majority of Universities anywhere in the country. Yes, you took your boards. At any time, any state, including FL can change their BRN language to reflect graduation from an accredited University as an APN requirement (not the same as COA program accreditation). I was there, in attendance, when this was all discussed with the professions leadership. It is, among other reasons, why the other Non Regionally Accredited program in FL scrambled so hard and fast to affiliate with FSU. If you want to attend an obscure, Non - accredited correspondence school for your DNP, by all means, go for it. But incoming students should know the truth and the reality of the situation.

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    Wolford is NOT accreditated by a regionally accredited University. A degree from that school does not count for any other state. At any time, a state BRN can make graduation from an accredited University a requirement. It is a very real possiblity. If you wanted to go on and get your DNP in another state, it is as if you do not have a degree at all. Wolford is NOT currently accredited and your degree is not recognized. The COA changed their rules, and this is why the other non-accredited school in Florida is now affiliated with a real University. These are simple facts. You can kick and scream and try to rationalize your choices all you want, but any potential student should proceed VERY cautiously with their eyes wide open.

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    DoeRN likes this.

    During a general anesthetic, patients don't dream. Period. You are not sleeping in the traditional sense of the word. You are anesthetized. Two very different things.

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    I have worked with several CRNAs from Sweden, who came to this country (USA) but all had to do 12-18 additional months of school before being allowed to sit for boards and practice. The schooling and role of the CRNA in Sweden is just different. This is not a criticism, just a fact.

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    Check out the FNP program at Northeastern University. It is designed for the working person. You must be committed, but it is very doable and flexible. Good luck.


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