Just finished my first semester. Ask me anything.

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    Wow...I can't believe it's only been been 3 1/2 months! It feels like it's been at least a year. But finally, a few hours ago today, I took my last final and finished my first semester of CRNA school!

    I figured this would be a good time to answer questions anyone may have about transitioning into a CRNA program.

    I'm in a front-loaded program, so I can't really help out with any questions regarding clinicals. But if you have questions about didactics and transitioning into school, I'll take a crack at it!
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    Honestly, I just kind of have questions about the admission criteria and financing. What was the average profile of the accepted applicant? What questions did they ask you during your interview that you felt were the most difficult? Also, how are you and/or most of your fellow classmates financing the education?

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    All good questions. Let's see, first of all most applicants about 25-35 years old with an even mix of men and women. Most have adult ICU experience, with a fair amount from level 1 trauma centers. There are a few with only one year of ICU exp. Regardless of where we all came from, everyone starts at ground zero when the program begins. Your previous specialty can help though, obviously the cardiac ICU nurses did great with the cardiac gtts lectures and I was good in the neurotrauma stuff. Most came in with solid GPA's but at least one came in with a GPA less than 3.0 and she came in already on academic probation. She's doing fine though, so it's not a bad thing at all.

    Every school interviews differently. Some I interviewed with asked me clinical scenarios only related to where I worked and my specialty, others asked me about anesthesia. The one I chose didn't ask me any of those, they just asked me personal questions about why I wanted to be a CRNA, etc.

    Most of the students are married and have their spouses working full time. I don't have that luxury, so I took out the maximum amount of federal student loans possible. I borrowed about $65K for this academic year. It's important to pick a school to applies a realistic cost of attendance, that way you can borrow as much as you need from federal student loans with fixed interest rates! So far, I'm not on the Ramen noodles diet but I'm careful with my money.

    Feel free to ask anything else.
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    When you say transitioning do you mean from nurse back to school or From NP to CRNA.

    Either way are there students transitioning from the NP track to CRNA, i.e. post masters students
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    Hey! I'm starting this September and I am super pumped! Any advice on what I could read up on to be better prepared? I just bought a used Morgan Mikahail cilnical anesthesiology book. I feel my chem and physics is a little week, although I did well in undergrad. Right now I'm just trying to save up as much cash as possible. Holy sheeeeebaaaa!?!? I really was accepted?!!?
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    Quote from honeykrown
    When you say transitioning do you mean from nurse back to school or From NP to CRNA.

    Either way are there students transitioning from the NP track to CRNA, i.e. post masters students
    We have students who have masters in other fields and one who was in med school and decided he'd rather be a CRNA. This does not shorten the length of the master's in anesthesia though.
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    Quote from up-n-atom
    Hey! I'm starting this September and I am super pumped! Any advice on what I could read up on to be better prepared? I just bought a used Morgan Mikahail cilnical anesthesiology book. I feel my chem and physics is a little week, although I did well in undergrad. Right now I'm just trying to save up as much cash as possible. Holy sheeeeebaaaa!?!? I really was accepted?!!?
    If you're really interested, start reviewing the autonomic nervous system and the different types of receptors involved in the sympathetic nervous system. Understanding that concept will help a lot in pharm and advanced A&P.

    But honestly I'd just make sure your affairs are all in order, apply for fin aid if you can get a sweet subsidized stafford, make sure your licensure stuff is essentially ready to go because you'll be too busy during the program.

    Catch up on sleep and get ready!
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    What do you like the most and least about your program?
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    MeTheRN,
    So i cant PM yet so I will just ask you in the forum... What are/were your stats when you applied to Wolford. Wolford is on my short lists of schools that I am interested in. I shadowed a CRNA graduate from there and she said it is a great program. I am attempting to be strategic during this process.Just wanted to know what my chances are...
    my stats... GPA 3.0
    BSN GPS 3.78
    8 years Nurse 4 yrER/4yr MICU busy tertiary care center
    CCRN,CEN, NREMT-P, taking gre in a few weeks, and then right into chemistry from the University of New England...
    I hope that there is a glimmer of hope...
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    What do you like the most and least about your program?
    I'm going to answer this for you in detail later tonight. Didn't want you to think I forgot.


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