Diverse CRNA school

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    I'm planning to apply for anesthesia program for fall 2007. However, I'm having difficulty finding the most diverse CRNA school, the one that at least represent some minorities, not just for African American, but also for Asians, Indians, Arabs...after all, America is a land of opportunity-- a melting pot, mix of interesting cultural differences...
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    Drexel University is fairly culturally diverse. no offense, but I can think of better reasons to go to crna school.
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    Last edit by Nitecap on Feb 5, '06
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    I had an interesting reaction to your post...I felt like you were reluctant to go to school with caucasion people, and maybe risk being the only person "of color" in the class. I'm sure you did not intend to come across that way.

    I am amazed that in 2006 people still look at racial differences as if they really mean something signifiicant. I, for one, don't think people should be classified in that way. Your talents, your character, your creativity is what should distinguish you. You can go to any school you can get into and be proud you made it in! You can hold your head up high as an individual with the brains and the drive to make it this far.

    I would start looking for a program you are drawn to for the aspects of the education you will recieve. In my opinion, any person in that class worth their salt will be looking at you as an individual, not a classification of a certain race.
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    I had an interesting reaction to your post...I felt like you were reluctant to go to school with caucasion people, and maybe risk being the only person "of color" in the class. I'm sure you did not intend to come across that way.

    I am amazed that in 2006 people still look at racial differences as if they really mean something signifiicant. I, for one, don't think people should be classified in that way. Your talents, your character, your creativity is what should distinguish you. You can go to any school you can get into and be proud you made it in! You can hold your head up high as an individual with the brains and the drive to make it this far.

    I would start looking for a program you are drawn to for the aspects of the education you will recieve. In my opinion, any person in that class worth their salt will be looking at you as an individual, not a classification of a certain race.
    Its also amazing to see in 2006 that people think racism doesn't exist. One of my classmates used the word "colored" in describing how cute some children were that she saw where she was from. In my heart of hearts, I know she is not a racist, she just didn't know that in 2006, you shouldn't use the word colored. Amazing huh? It served as a reminder that we are getting better as far as race relations but we still have a ways to go. That's why I feel it is important to go to a school you feel comfortable with as far as diversity. I'm an african american at TWU. We have 9 AAs out of 135 which I think is pretty good. A friend of mine started at Drexel 5 days ago and she is one of 5 AAs in 24 students which is amazing. TO THE POSTER: You should go to the AANA website and check out the student photographs. That should give you some type of indication.
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    Going to a school and feeling like the only one can be a challenge...trust me! So therfore, I understands Sigma's concern of diversity in his school of choice. So many studies have shown that learning is more productive when it's in an enviroment where they see other's that look like them. As small as it may seem...I can believe it. Yes , there are papers out there. In fact, in undergrad, I researched something similiar and found that patients feel more comfortable talking to physicans of the same ethnic backround as them, are more likely to be honest about everything that's really going on with there health and home situation ( not being able to afford meds, etc.) without feeling shamed, and are more likely to trust the provider.
    Someone try going to school with ONLY indians or ONLY Phillapino's and see how welcoming you'll feel. I'm sure you'll get the work done and probably will still succeed but let me know how comforting, relaxing and common it feels. I'm almost certain that the very one's posting why race is brought up is a non minority and therefore have no idea of the daily implications of race that STILL exists.. yes....in 2006. Just one recent reminder for me that racism still exists....the tech on my unit (caucasian) have been cleaning this patient all day, on and off bedpan, assisitng with bath, mouth care etc.... I, on the other hand, was FREQUENTLY coming in hanging blood, drawing labs, talking to pt's son (who indeed knew I was the RN because he's been ther sev times) about chest tubes, suctiong, manipulating the vent (me, African Amercian). The daughter, from out of town (caucasian) asked me if she could see the nurse that just left. She had a question about the labs for the day.After watching me perform all that was mentioned above she was referring to the tech. Til this day, i'm still trying to figure out how could she have thought that i was not the nurse. Who did she think I was...the housekeeper or the tech? Why did she assume the tech was the nurse? MMMM.....interesting, huh. The sad thing is, this goes on all the time.
    Yes, we've come a long way but still have so far to go. As sigma mentioned, take a look at the pics on the AANA site..I totally agree with him and noticed it as well a few months ago. In summary, going to a diverse school is extremly important to some of us so who's to question why?
    Last edit by rnbeauty on Jan 10, '06
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    You are right, I am not considered a minority. I am caucasion and grew up in mostly caucasion environments. I guess my point is that I feel frustrated that race is still an issue. If it is, then I accept that. If a minority member feels conspicuous in a classroom full of people that don't share the same ethnic background, then I accept that too and can see the reason.

    I didn't mean to offend. I hope my post was taken in the spirit in which it was intended, and that is to say that I don't care what a person's ethnic background is as long as they have integrity and are well meaning towards others. I don't think there are many RNs out there who don't meet that description.


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