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    rhinoroc likes this.

    Most likely he would make 60 x weeks worked x hourly rate.

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    If it is "action" you seek, my bet would be as an NP of some kind in a busy, large, ICU, not affiliated with a University. A big community hospital. Probably more action seen there on a daily basis than you might see in a month doing anesthesia.

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    ICUman likes this.

    Just be aware, that the vast majority of what anesthesia does, is mundane, and pretty routine, and often times quite boring. There is the occasional adrenaline rush for sure, but if you are doing your job correctly, there are not too many. The 25 year old having their ACL repaired, or the 35 year old having their gall bladder out, or the 45 year old having their hysterectomy, or the 55 year old having their knee replaced, are just a few example of cases that one would routinely be doing every single day in practice, and they are pretty straight forward and boring.

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    ICUman likes this.

    Most work 40-50 hours a week, as part of our regular job. Many, many, work more by picking up additional time, and call, and shifts. Some really get the bug, and take 24 hour call on weekends at second jobs, as well as what they do for their regular job. Or pick up plastics on the side. Or an OB gig on the side. Or a pain practice on the side. The work ethic of CRNAs is pretty darn impressive, and those that want to work non-stop certainly can, and will be rewarded handsomely for doing so.

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    ICUman likes this.

    Some do get time and a half or double time, but not many. Most practices you do get paid, but it is straight time for every hour worked. I can only speak to California, but with most of our salaries starting at around $100/hr and going up, there is just not going to be double time too often. There is no such thing as time and a half or double time in all of Northern CA Kaiser, except kind of on the actually holidays, you will get paid for the holiday, so if you are working it, you are getting paid twice, but that is different than double time. Many of the UC system CRNAs are straight salary, based on 40 hours. They get paid regardless of census, or going home early, or power outage, or anything. You get paid. It is my understanding that it is very, very rare for them to ever work more than 40 hours in a week.

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    ICUman likes this.

    Still plenty of jobs to be had in SoCal. Between Kaisers many, many hospitals, and the USC Hospitals, and the UCLA hospitals, and the VA. There are less in LA than other midwest places, principally because in most of CA, anesthesiologists actually do their own cases. There is very little ACT practices compared to other areas in the country, where they predominate.

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    kiszi, Bluebolt, WestCoastSunRN, and 2 others like this.

    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.

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    Tacomaboy3 likes this.

    The degree required will be highly dependent upon the program you select. If they offer a MSN, or a DNP, and are based in a School of Nursing, than you will need a BSN in order to be admitted. If they are not located in a school of nursing, and offer a MS and or a DNAP, than other degrees, such as biology or chemistry would be just fine, but either way, you will need to be a Registered Nurse.

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    awind, Bluebolt, and wtbcrna like this.

    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.

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    Much, much, much will depend on the why. Not meaning to sound harsh, but there is a whole process set up before a student is terminated from a program. Academic reasons are hard to overcome because they are so black and white, so objective. Clinical reasons are harder to quantify, much harder, so to even go down that pathway means there were significant red flags raised about your performance. Either way, there may be programs that would consider giving you a second chance, but usually you would need to quantify what life events made this happen. I sick child, a sick spouse, personal illness (which surprisingly most programs are not too supportive), or other things like your house burned down, victim of a violent crime, etc. I think for your own good, some very open and honest self reflection is in order. What will be different the second time around for you to now be successful?

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    Your stats overall, are right in the cusp. They could go either way. The simple fact that you are posting them here and asking, means even you have some doubts.

    If if you are planning on applying to one of the smaller schools, you likely will not be invited for an interview. If you are applying to one of the 100+ students a class puppy mills, you may do just fine. The irony here is that the larger schools have a much wider bell curve students, and yet because they are so large, cannot offer those students on the far left of the bell curve, the proper support with which to be successful.

    I would wait wait one more year, take a grad level course in either pharmacology, physiology, or statistics, and do well in the class. This will do several things for you. 1. More experience simply makes you a better and stronger candidate. 2. Doing well in a grad level class makes you a better and stronger candidate. 3. If you do well, there are far, far more schools open to you as viable options. 4. If you do poorly, you have saved yourself 100K in debt, and quitting a job, and possibly moving all for no good reason.

    Good Luck.

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    This is something I have never heard, from anyone, before. One might never have their own insurance. If you are working in a hospital, and they are your employer, they will be covering you. You won't have a policy of your own (although agencies will still try to sell you one). I would talk to another person at the BRN office. Or talk to another CRNA in whatever state you are trying to obtain licensure. Or maybe you misunderstood the requirements. Many, dare I say most CRNAs, will not have their own policy when hospital employees.

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    cocoa_puff, paolahevia, and ICUman like this.

    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.

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    1. All the military programs.

    2. Kaiser Permanente.

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    Kyanq1980 likes this.

    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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