A day in the life of a SRNA - page 4

by rn326

Hi All, I'm just another one of many contemplating applying to CRNA school. Something that would be extremely helpful to me would be for current SRNA's to give me a snapshot of what your days are like as a SRNA. Worst /... Read More


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    Quote from Summitk2
    Does anyone have any advice on choosing a front-loaded program vs. integrated, for those married and have (small) children?
    Yeah, in descending priority:
    1) They accept you
    2) Works for your family situation--the type program isn't the factor, it's the program duration, location and the vibes you get from the faculty and students
    3) Best type for YOU--for me, that's front-loaded, since I want to know as much as possible before I'm pushing drugs, intubating, etc.

    Apply to as many programs as you reasonably can consider attending.
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    Quote from nurselizk
    Yeah, in descending priority:
    1) They accept you
    2) Works for your family situation--the type program isn't the factor, it's the program duration, location and the vibes you get from the faculty and students
    3) Best type for YOU--for me, that's front-loaded, since I want to know as much as possible before I'm pushing drugs, intubating, etc.

    Apply to as many programs as you reasonably can consider attending.
    Nice! I'm with ya!
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    I will not begin my program until August, but in my initial search for programs, I looked at clinical site location as a more important factor than front-loaded vs integrated. I focused on programs that had all their clinical sites at or near the school, or all within one metro area so that I wouldn't have to worry about being away from my small children overnight or weeks on end for clinical on the other side of the state from where my school is located (Examples of schools w/local clinicals: Mercer, UAB, Wake Forest, VCU). The program I'll actually be attending is didactic during the first semester and integrated after that, so its sort of a mix between the two (front-loaded & integrated).

    Adonai

    Quote from Summitk2
    Thank you SRNAs for your input... this helps a ton!

    Does anyone have any advice on choosing a front-loaded program vs. integrated, for those married and have (small) children?
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    There have been some questions about study groups and I thought I would throw in my two cents. Haven't been around lately because school is kicking my butt!

    Study groups can either be a big help or hold you back. I have a unique and solo way of learning, but have found groups to be essential for my success in this program. It took some trial and error in the first few weeks to get a group of people that work well together, but once that core group of people came together it has been a big help.

    We usually only get together before tests or quizzes because we definitely need focus and direction or we don't get much accomplished. It seems to work best for everyone if the people in the group have already studied the material on their own. I personally do not get much out of the group if I have not put solid effort into the material before going. Then we go over the material, trade memory techniques, clear up confusing material, and share that extra information that someone else heard while you were taking a mental snooze in class. Study groups seem to be great for reinforcing material or clearing up confusing concepts. They are not a good substitute for individual study. If I don't have time to study the stuff on my own before a group, then I stay home.

    This may seem elementary, but hope it helps.
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    I agree with you.
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    I have definitely enjoyed all the responses to this thread so far, please keep them coming! I have a question as well - I know everyone says that CRNA programs do not compare to nursing school, or to any other college experience that anyone has had. How many of you were in an ABSN program? If you were, do you feel the same way? I don't find mine terribly difficult (and I only have 4 weeks left), just time consuming. I have straight As so far. If any of you felt the same, how are you taking to anesthesia? I fully expect it to be the most difficult thing I've ever done - but I expected that of nursing school and it really isn't. Would it be even remotely accurate to characterize your CRNA program as approximately as time consuming as your ABSN program was, with the difficulty level ramped up severely, or am I still way off? Thanks!
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    Quote from AdonaiLoveable
    I will not begin my program until August, but in my initial search for programs, I looked at clinical site location as a more important factor than front-loaded vs integrated. I focused on programs that had all their clinical sites at or near the school, or all within one metro area so that I wouldn't have to worry about being away from my small children overnight or weeks on end for clinical on the other side of the state from where my school is located (Examples of schools w/local clinicals: Mercer, UAB, Wake Forest, VCU). The program I'll actually be attending is didactic during the first semester and integrated after that, so its sort of a mix between the two (front-loaded & integrated).

    Adonai
    What program did you end up choosing to go to and why? Did any of them seem more family friendly than another? I too, want to attend somewhere with a close proximity of clinical sites. Thanks for the info.
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    Quote from lovegasRN
    What program did you end up choosing to go to and why? Did any of them seem more family friendly than another? I too, want to attend somewhere with a close proximity of clinical sites. Thanks for the info.
    I interviewed at both Texas Wesleyan and TCU. I chose TCU because they seemed to be very supportive of family and the student. During the Wesleyan interview they have you watch a DVD. Most of us felt it was pretty doom-and-gloom. Ya know, how hard it is & how the first year reall weed people out, etc. TCU was the opposite. They said they don't want any to fail. They will do all they can to help the students, and they totally understand that family is a huge factor in all this. However, both schools were very upfront about the fact that you, the student, are basically going to be like another child in the household during school. Your spouse will be the primary caregiver and is often taking on the load of a single parent. Don't know if this helps or not. My hubbie and I had a long talk and planned it all out. He is going to assume responsibility for paying all the bills, laundry, cooking most meals, and helping our son with all his schoolwork.
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    Quote from AdonaiLoveable
    I will not begin my program until August, but in my initial search for programs, I looked at clinical site location as a more important factor than front-loaded vs integrated. I focused on programs that had all their clinical sites at or near the school, or all within one metro area so that I wouldn't have to worry about being away from my small children overnight or weeks on end for clinical on the other side of the state from where my school is located (Examples of schools w/local clinicals: Mercer, UAB, Wake Forest, VCU). The program I'll actually be attending is didactic during the first semester and integrated after that, so its sort of a mix between the two (front-loaded & integrated).

    Adonai
    I chose Virginia Commonwealth University located in Richmond, VA. I applied to many programs, received interview invitations to all but one of them, but I only interviewed at the first two programs that I was invited two as they were already my top two choices. I was so highly impressed with both Wake Forest and VCU and was quickly informed that I'd been accepted to them both, that I just picked between the two of them and turned down the other interviews.

    I loved what I learned about both programs during the interview process, but I felt so positively about VCU after getting to meet and speak with so many of the faculty during the interview process that I decided it would be the best place for me. In the presentation given prior to the start of the interviews, both VCU and Wake Forest are honest and open with you about the rigor of the programs. It will not be a walk in the park! But both programs had successful students with families in them which gives me an indication that getting through and doing well can be done for students with families.

    I think if you prepare yourself and your family as best you can, it is doable. For example, in my situation, I have a toddler and an infant, my husband works from home (so his job + his benefits will move with us when I attend school), and my Mom is actually making the huge sacrifice of moving with us to Richmond to care for the children and help keep the house together while I'm in school. I'm already planning for things like meals by using one of those frozen dinner companies like Super Suppers, and the home we rented is close to the school, in a great location for getting to clinicals, only a miles or so to the interstate, and within a mile or so of all the shopping and banking resources we'll need.

    I am so happy with my choice. Both the program and the city seem pretty family friendly.

    Adonai
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    I'd also add that the difference between my BSN program and the anesthesia program is that in my BSN program, I CHOSE to keep my grades up by putting that much time into it. In my anesthesia program, we HAVE TO. If I were just getting by with passing grades (80% or better), I wouldn't know what I need to for clinical or for the next class, since everything builds on everything else.


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