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    MurseJJ, Tacomaboy3, ICUman, and 1 other like this.

    If you can't "breeze" through your BSN, you should not consider CRNA school. Look into other areas of focus. CRNA school is on the order of several magnitudes more difficult. BSN as four years of easy easy easy.

    Quote from TheAtomicStig_702
    How the hell did you breeze through your BSN? And how the hell can I do the same? LMAO

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    m1lkofamnesia likes this.

    This is completely ludicrous statement.

    Quote from gettingbsn2msn
    If you are a "people person" there is a good chance that you will not like being a CRNA. I am very outgoing and that is why I became a NP. I also love science. However, even the hospitals and private clinics do not want people persons anymore. They want robots lol! I have always been told I spend too much time with patients, BUT I always get good reviews.

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    loveanesthesia and ICUman like this.

    11% is drastically low. Just by being a 1099 you will have to cover your employers FICA contribution. This year that would be an additional $8,636 on your tax pill in FICA. Add to that vacation, ed leave, med insurance, dental insurance, vision insurance, life insurance, disability insurance, CME money, etc. all must be considered. Most 1099 jobs require about 25-50% additional to make them better, although, they do open things up to a world of tax advantages. Also, just because your spouse is providing the health insurance, doesn't or shouldn't mean you should accept less for your services.

    One final note, you might check about the malpractice component. If that is the only hospital in which you work, and they are supplying your insurance, you will be considered a hospital employee, regardless of the form designated to pay you. This means that you would not be able to take advantage of a lot of the benefits that come with being a 1099.

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    ICUman and elkpark like this.

    The programs these days are intensive and demanding. You will not be an absentee parent, but you will also not be super engaged.

    But, this is an opportunity to teach them a valuable lesson of hard work, sacrifice, setting and achieving goals, and value of graduate education. Please don't sell yourself short with how important all those things are to your childs long term maturation.

    Good Luck

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    CRNA2020 likes this.

    You sound like a fine candidate. I see no reason to change the unit in which you work, unless you don't like it, and want to change. 3-4 years (by the time you start) will be more than enough. A big MICU in a University Hospital is more than enough to teach you lines, drips, vents, and multiple systems. Overall, if your bio above is accurate, you will have no difficulty getting into whatever program you want.

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    BedsideNurse, JWOkStRN, and ICUman like this.

    It simply does not matter the ICU, despite what people continue to think. CT ICU is not preferred. It is good, but so are lots of other things. A general surgical/trauma ICU is "best" but even that does not really matter. Have sick patients. Do lots of things, and do them well. Learn lots of organ systems. CT ICU teaches generally one system. Again, it is great, but not all that. Most days in anesthesia are terribly boring, and do not resemble anything like what one sees in the ICU. Just work at a nice sized hospital with a good mix of cases and systems. You will be fine.

    As far as experience, the minimum required by a program to get in is just that, the minimum. You don't need decades of experience, but 3-4 years is ideal. Even though some accept with 1 year, you really have to ask why are they doing that? Why not be a stronger applicant, and in the process, end up being a much stronger CRNA?

    Good luck.

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    subee, wtbcrna, and ICUman like this.

    Depends on how high the incision will be, but most of these can easily be done with a high lumbar. Even lower for the Aorto-bi-fem.

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    jj224, Mavrick, ICUman, and 1 other like this.

    Yes. Lots and lots of physics. The responder above very eloquently stated just some of the daily applications using physics.

    Seriously, if, if, if you don't think you could score well in physics, you should maybe direct your future to a different specialty.

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    ICUman and Zyprexa like this.

    Switch to an adult ICU for two years, and then apply. Take a grad level science or stats class in the meantime, and do very well. Those will go a long way.

    Every application can have one hole in it, but currently yours has two. Both fixable. But since CRNA school is essentially 100% science, shouldn't you find out if that is the problem before you quit your job, move, and pay 20K for your first semester, only to flunk out?

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    Zyprexa, ICUman, NJRN_, and 1 other like this.

    Actually, it was very good advice that was given. School is stressful enough without having the non-stop and unending worries about money. No one ever regretted saving more. Never. No one ever regretted having more meaningful work experience as they transition to their new role. And lastly, depending on what school they attend, no one ever regretted having a safe and reliable, newish car, in good working order. Some students put over 50K miles on their cars during a CRNA program. Car worries, repairs, and poor attendance because of transportation problems do not serve any SRNA very well. Good preparation and acknowledging cold, hard reality, will be far more helpful to a successful SRNA, than just not asking tough questions and living in the state of denial. "Just do it" won't pay the bills, and certainly won't pass the tests.

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    Gassadist likes this.

    Usually if a salary is listed, that is the amount for whatever standard shift that place offers. Then, extra work will usually be compensated for in various ways. It is a very wide bell curve of what normal is. Just call and ask

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    Sorry. You are correct. I was assuming we were talking about full time people, since the OP was asking about 40 hours etc. But yes, per diem do get 1.5 as they are not exempt employees and state law demands it. It sucks because they also have to use the phone to punch in and out. And it has been my distinct impression they bend over backwards to avoid ever having to have a PD work extra, though sometimes needs trump the budget.

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    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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