What to study before anesthesia school?

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    Hi guys,Just a few quick questions...I recently got accepted to FIU CRNA program and still have several months before school starts in August. Everyone that I have heard from so far says to kick back, relax, and enjoy my free time. Others have told me to review most commonly used anesthetics. But I am so ready to start and want to know if there is anything I can do in the meantime that will make my life easier later on. I am wondering if CRNA school teaches you everything you need to know or if you should do some studying beforehand?I have 2 years of critical care nursing experience and am a quick learner, definitely not a know it all or trying to sound cocky.Should I be reviewing EKGs, Acid Bases imbalances, ventilators, etc?I was also thinking of buying the book "Watchful care" or the baby miller booksPlease leave some suggestions on what you struggled with most that you wishes you had prepped for prior to starting anesthesia school. Thank you! Any and all of your input is highly appreciated.
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    I suggest you get Morgan And Mikhail "Clinical Anesthesiology"
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    I think you should do a lot of studying of the back of your eyelids before school starts, because that will be about the only thing you won't be studying after school starts. In case that doesn't work for you PM your email address and I will send you USUHS pharmacology handbook that will give you plenty of the basics to cover before and after school starts.
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    Thanks!!
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    I second the Morgan & Mikhail suggestion. It's a great book to get started with. However, some of it probably won't mean much to you until you start school, and are immersed in the anesthesia world. Good luck!
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    I think Basics of Anesthesia (Baby Millers) is easier to start with than Morgan, Mikhail, & Murray (that poor Murray always get left out...lol). We had to read front to back both books in clinicals, and we were quizzed each day in morning report over our assigned chapters. We started with Basics of Anesthesia and then moved on to Morgan & Mikhail after we finished Basics of Anesthesia. I think you need a little more anesthesia background to really understand M&M.
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    You guys are probably right. I feel like I know ICU nursing and it is so different than what I will be learning in Anesthesia. I assume (through the courses) that there is a lot of chemistry and biochemisty as well? That part really scares me! lol I can handle the meds, techniques, all the studying, etc...But chemistry, I need to work really hard at it.

    I will definitely get the Baby Miller prior to getting the M&M&M, thank you for your suggestions!
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    I am interested in getting the USUHS pharm handbook, but I cannot PM. If you wouldn't mind sending the link to darkness8516@gmail.com. I can just delete the account after I get it. Thanks.
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    I think you should do a lot of studying of the back of your eyelids before school starts, because that will be about the only thing you won't be studying after school starts. In case that doesn't work for you PM your email address and I will send you USUHS pharmacology handbook that will give you plenty of the basics to cover before and after school starts.
    I would be very interested in a copy of this handbook if you wouldn't mind sending me a copy. I will be starting school in the Fall. My email address is NDHuffaker@gmail.com
    Thank you,
    Nathan
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    One thing I kind of wish that I had done before hand is paid more attention to the Anesthesia flow sheets on my ICU patients. (If your hospital has flowsheets) It will give you a good idea of the drugs that they are using, and in what dosages. You can research them on your own from there. Also it might give a little insight into the things that anesthesia is responsible for that you wouldn't necessarily think of. You might be able to get a little bit familiar with some of the extra monitoring going on in the OR, like end tidal gasses, CO2, Train of four (you may already be using this, depending on your ICU), BIS monitors, etc. If you just kind of look over the flowsheets you might come away with a few concepts that you want to read up about on your own.

    I also think it might be helpful to review the development of an action potential if its been a while since you looked at cellular physiology. A lot of the foundations stuff will draw on this basic understanding. Its hard to understand HOW a drug works if you don't understand what is happening in the cell. Maybe also refresh yourself on the different adrenergic receptors, what each one does when it is stimulated, and which vasoactive drugs affect which receptors (alpha 1, 2, beta 1,2, dopaminergic, cholinergic). Be able to say Epinephrine acts on ______, ______, and _____ receptors.

    You'll definitely get all of this information and more in school-- but you may have a little less studying to do when you start if you look it over now. I wouldn't get too crazy in to it. A solid understanding will you put you in a really good place when school starts. Besides all of that, I would definitely take a vacation, enjoy your life, and scratch a few things off of your bucket list. Take care of any of those things you've been wanting to do for a while, because you most likely won't be able to for the next 2.5-3 years.

    Good luck!
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