ATTENTION CRNA GRADS and STUDENTS!!

  1. please help.

    if you would, LIST all the equipment or help guides that are essential for survival in CRNA programs

    what types of things helped you the most?

    Study styles that helped you?

    again, what equipment do you need to purchase prior to starting CRNA school (i.e tape recorder (best type?), steths (what type), computer (is a laptop best?), any unforseen costs?)

    thank you very much for your time
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  2. 2 Comments

  3. by   japaho41
    -Olympus recorder (VN-3100PC) is the recorder of choice in my class, believe it is under $100. You may find that you are so busy that you don't have time to listen to lectures again.
    -I would go with a laptop, especially if you are interested in taking notes with in in class if so I would reccomend buying Microsoft one note for that (?$199, also could download a trial to see if it is something you would use)
    -I have a Toshiba Satellite (believe it is <$1000 now) however I think that Apple and IBM are better quality laptops.
    -You may want to get a palm if you are going into the OR right away, can't really give a specific brand on that.

    The only unforseen costs that I have experienced thus far is for liability insurance ($275) which I was probably told about and overlooked at the time. The other cost was your AANA student membership, which has doubled ($100 for the length of your program).

    Study styles, it kind of depends what you are taking and how you learn the best.
    I find that flashcards and charts work best. Charts are really good for subjects like anatomy & pharmacology that require you to learn multiple things about an item.
    Studying in groups usually less than four people works best, doesn't seem to work good on all subjects the same, nor with certain people. You kind of have to find the right people to study with or you will waste your time.

    I hope some of this helps, good luck. Truly the first semester is a lot about adapting to grad school and finding out what works best for you.
  4. by   proclivity
    Quote from japaho41
    -Olympus recorder (VN-3100PC) is the recorder of choice in my class, believe it is under $100. You may find that you are so busy that you don't have time to listen to lectures again.
    -I would go with a laptop, especially if you are interested in taking notes with in in class if so I would reccomend buying Microsoft one note for that (?$199, also could download a trial to see if it is something you would use)
    -I have a Toshiba Satellite (believe it is <$1000 now) however I think that Apple and IBM are better quality laptops.
    -You may want to get a palm if you are going into the OR right away, can't really give a specific brand on that.

    The only unforseen costs that I have experienced thus far is for liability insurance ($275) which I was probably told about and overlooked at the time. The other cost was your AANA student membership, which has doubled ($100 for the length of your program).

    Study styles, it kind of depends what you are taking and how you learn the best.
    I find that flashcards and charts work best. Charts are really good for subjects like anatomy & pharmacology that require you to learn multiple things about an item.
    Studying in groups usually less than four people works best, doesn't seem to work good on all subjects the same, nor with certain people. You kind of have to find the right people to study with or you will waste your time.

    I hope some of this helps, good luck. Truly the first semester is a lot about adapting to grad school and finding out what works best for you.


    good info...thanks.

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