A day in the life of a SRNA - page 5

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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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    MB 37, I'd like to weigh-in on your question. But, I must first qualify my remarks. I did not go thru an ABSN program. However, I cruised thru my BSN program with relative ease because of my background as a medical technologist and a combat medic. Therefore, I think that you and I have similar feelings about the path to BSN.

    That said, I gotta tell you that you are way off. I had heard all the stories told by SRNAs but I always questioned, in the back of my mind, what they brought to the table in the first place. Boy, was I ever wrong!! Comparing BSN to CRNA is like comparing apples to oranges. The lectures are rapid-fire and the amount of material is mind boggling. This is my second week of anesthesia school and I'm already wondering how my brain is going to process and store so much information.

    In a BSN program, you can get away with studying 2-3 nights a week. In CRNA school, only a fool would think that they only have to study on weekends. Falling behind on your studies would be an ominous sign suggesting impending failure. There is virtually no time to play catchup.

    My courses for the summer are Organic chem, A&P, Stats, and Physics. I'm in class M-F from 0830-1500. Try to imagine the amt of material that can be thrown at you in that timeframe. I say " thrown" because that's how all 37 of us felt when classes ended today.

    Break over...gotta go and make sense of this stuff.

    Army, SRNA
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    I see that my other post went into the ether.... I posted because I went through an accelerated BSN and am now in an anesthesia program. My ABSN was brutal, compounded by the fact that I had an hour-plus commute each way. I know others whose ABSN programs were much more reasonable. It was not the difficulty of the material, it was the volume. I feel the same way about my anesthesia program. I'm in my second semester and honestly spent about 100 hrs/week on school last semester. One of the differences is that in my ABSN program, I CHOSE to put the time in, to keep my grades where I needed them to be for anesthesia school. In my current program, while I could technically put in a bit less time and get passing (80%) scores--every test--we need to know every bit of this information, either for another class or for clinical. We may have a bad test day or what have you, but we know the bar is set high because our safety at practitioners is at stake. And the pace often feels like a run-away train....
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    Thanks guys. I guess it's just that you're always hearing people say that nursing school is the hardest thing they've ever done, and how it's completely impossible for anyone to hold down even a part-time job while they go through a traditionally paced program. Or how "no one" gets As. When I hear the same things about CRNA programs, I just have to wonder.
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    It's not impossible to work during a nursing program, a great many people do it. Working as a nursing aide makes for a better nursing student, in my opinion. However, nursing classes are generally more time-consuming than other classes, and if your goal is CRNA, grades need to be your priority.
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    WOW!!!! I am currently in the application to CRNA school phase. I am a 32 yr old married to a cop with an 8 yr old daughter. Your post gives me a lot of insight...and HOPE!!!
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    Quote from nurselizk
    It's not impossible to work during a nursing program, a great many people do it. Working as a nursing aide makes for a better nursing student, in my opinion. However, nursing classes are generally more time-consuming than other classes, and if your goal is CRNA, grades need to be your priority.

    Was that a comment to my post? As I said on the previous page, I was getting straight As through nursing school - I continued to do so, and graduated with a 4.0 in nursing from an accelerated program. I also worked during my first two semesters, and only quit b/c my husband started making significantly more $$. I didn't find nursing school terribly difficult.
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    Quote from diligentcare
    WOW!!!! I am currently in the application to CRNA school phase. I am a 32 yr old married to a cop with an 8 yr old daughter. Your post gives me a lot of insight...and HOPE!!!
    Good luck!!! If I can do it....and I am set to graduate 2009, then you can do it as well!
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    Quote from MB37
    Was that a comment to my post? As I said on the previous page, I was getting straight As through nursing school - I continued to do so, and graduated with a 4.0 in nursing from an accelerated program. I also worked during my first two semesters, and only quit b/c my husband started making significantly more $$. I didn't find nursing school terribly difficult.
    I also didnt find nursing school terribly difficult and I more than worked...I also party'd ;-). I am in anesthesia school now and depending on your program, you can probably work one day a week or so but I have heard of others working more throughout the program. I think it will be your choice to live in a state of exhaustion or have 2 days to relax a little. When you start the vigorous clinical rotations, you may find that working will not pay as much as being able to sleep through the morning :-) Just my .02 cents...
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    Quote from Longhorn_in_Boston
    Flare,

    kudos to u and ur family. u'll always be in my prayer and I believe I got into a program is GOD's grace too. I'll be starting my program in Sep, I'll see how it goes.:spin:
    How is it going?
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    Thanks a lot for the vote of confidence! My daughter was only 4 when I graduated from nursing school. I did it then and I am confident that I can complete CRNA school now. If anyone has more advice, it would be greatly appreciated!:typing


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