Latest Comments by BigPappaCRNA

Latest Comments by BigPappaCRNA

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Joined Jan 13, '13. Posts: 34 (62% Liked) Likes: 58

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    SoldierCrna, ICUman, CarpeDiem'15, and 1 other like this.

    So your post actually makes my point. Even Albany actually DOES accept Neuro-ICU. And, of course they do. My God, do you really think they would accept Neonatal ICU but not adult Neuro?!?!? Really?!?!? Listen carefully now, you are a great web surfer, there is no doubt. But you are not a good listener. Usually that is because one doesn't like what they are hearing because it goes against their preconceived ideas. I sit on admissions, info to "Assembly of School Faculty" every year. I consult with colleagues around the country every month. We frequently speak because we have potential students apply to 5, 10, sometimes 15 different schools. Students even ask questions about other programs and we help set them up for success. I do this. For a living. Believe what you want, as it makes no matter to me. But to the OP, please do your due diligence you will do just fine. If there is a program you really want to attend, just call them. Ask them. They will be only to happy to help you. There are a few that won't, and you can draw your own conclusions as to what kind of program it is. While performing your due diligence, make sure you go to a program that,

    1. Has small-ish classes. Avoid huge classes.
    2. Has at least some independent CRNA only rotations.
    3. Allows you to do regional anesthesia of all kinds and that you get far in excess your case numbers.
    4. Allows you to get far in excess of all your OB numbers. This is very important. 80-100 epidurals and spinals, and 40-50 C-Sections need to be the norm.

    To the OP, good luck.

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    ICUman and Richwade like this.

    Quote from GoVeg
    How can you say this when there are schools that don't accept neuro or say it is last on their list? I work neuro now and am switching because of this. It is very school dependent and yes, to some schools the unit does matter.

    Because I am actually one of the people sitting on those committees. For two different programs. Thousands of miles apart. Neuro is not frowned on any more than CVICU is preferred. This is a crazy myth the permeates this board, and it is pure dogma. I attend conferences with faculty from all over the country, and I know what they like and things about which they care not at all. Almost every post presented here as evidence actually makes the opposite point. Those lists are not in any particular order. Level I does not matter either. Far better to be in a large, busy, community ICU not crawling with residents and where critical
    thinking and assessment are necessary. So many, many myths on this site.

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    Quote from PsychGuy
    Who cares? They guy a good job. Let him have his beans.

    Better question, why os the anesthesiologist administering the anesthetists meds? Texas regulation?
    Small penis.

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    The school you attended just does not matter. At all. As long as it is a regionally accredited school, you are just fine.

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    Richwade likes this.

    Quote from sweetether
    I would strongly advice you against taking the Neuro ICU job. Schools do rank candidates according to their area of specialty. Generally, Surgical ICU and Cardiothoracic ICU are the most preferred, then Medical ICU, and Neuro and PICU/NICU are last on the list. Also, the trauma experience will gain favor for you as well. I would stay at the current level 1 trauma facility and work in the Medical ICU there.
    You are painfully misinformed and giving bad advice. Neuro ICU is fine. Just fine. The OP will be fine either route they choose.

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    If you live in Arizona, why on earth don't you pursue "Midwestern?' It is a great program. Lots of CRNA only and independent clinical sites. Great numbers in all critical procedures and skills. It would be on my short list if I had to go back to school.

    I know nothing about either UofA or the Puerto Rico programs, but....new programs have a LOT of bumps and hiccoughs along the way. It takes several years to work out all the kinks.

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    wtbcrna and Maevish like this.

    Yes, actually, he is. He is an AA. He is not a CRNA. He has NEVER done this kind of anesthesia in an office setting, because legally, he can't. Don't worry about him.

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    "Top Tier School" according to whom? If the class size is large, and they constantly tell you how rigorous their program is, and don't have at least some CRNA only independent rotations, it is probably not top tier. The truly competitive schools have far, far too many applicants with near flawless CVs, to take a risk at attrition with a C in Chem. Sorry.

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    All of you applying, please make sure you know what you are getting into. Please have your eyes wide open. Please know you will be paying over 100K for a degree that is not recognized at many (most) universities in the country. Not the CRNA part of it, but the MS part of it. Tons of choices out there. Make sure you have all the info.

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    cocoa_puff likes this.

    I know nothing about this program, but if those things about which you write are true, go for it. Small class size is a huge plus. CRNA only rotations are a huge plus. 1800 hours is great, outstanding really. Don't get too hung up on the DNP thing. They are all kind of the same. The DNP comes from a school of nursing , while a DNAP comes from all others. Just not a big deal. As far as cost, to get all that at a cheap price is great.

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    Quote from allenaa2016
    A lot of older CRNAs don't understand the current wait admissions is going. There's a reason 1 year is the minimum requirement. It's all you need! They want to see you are driven a and will complete their program. Your stats are great, you will get in. I applied to two top 3 schools and got accepted into both with one year of experience. They also really don't care which Icu specialty you have, just that you've worked with reasonable sick patients with Vaso gtts!

    Nobody said aid you can't get in with one year experience. I said you should not go with one year experience. It shows. All the way through a program. Those with barely one year tend to be far weaker students. Just a fact.

    As as to the original question by the OP, I mean no disrespect, but he is NOT currently a strong candidate. You are evaluated in grades (OPs are middle of the pack), GRE (OPs are bare minimum), years of experience (bare minimum), references (how could it be good, your manager barely knows you), and your interview. Now despite all this, they may, may, get accepted to one of the puppy mills, but not a quality program. So then you have to ask yourself why you were accepted ($$$$$$). The OP can polish his CV and chances and pick of schools with a little effort.

    PS. There is no such thing as a "top 3" school. There are no rankings of any kind that are relevent. And before you say US News & Review, those are a complete farce. Among other things they only list schools affiliated with Schools of Nursing. The other programs are not counted.

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    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.

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    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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