A day in the life of a SRNA - page 7

by rn326

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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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    It is impossible to work full-time while in CRNA school. The general consensus is that it is not really possible or a good idea to work at all. Have you looked at the stickies in the CRNA and Pre_CRNA forums? There is a lot of information there that should help answer your questions.
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    I'm amazed at how you people do everything that you do. I hope that if i'm lucky enough to even apply/get in, that i can be like you. I'm curious, how do you do it?! It sounds insane!!!!!
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    Hey just curiuos I am in nursing school at VCU and have always wondered where do yall have the majoirty of yall classes, classroom that is. Thanks
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    All our classes take place in one room, 2nd floor of the old West Hospital Building. Our teachers come to us. The exception if 1st semester when you have Physiology class. Everything else is in West Hospital. I recommend taking Physiology before the program starts if you can, that way you have more time to devote to that one class. It sucks up a lot of study time.
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    Quote from want to do good 86
    I'm amazed at how you people do everything that you do. I hope that if i'm lucky enough to even apply/get in, that i can be like you. I'm curious, how do you do it?! It sounds insane!!!!!

    ok we're not gods, and IMO most of what people are describing seems to be a little extreme

    maybe i'm just lazy, but here's my take:

    -i get 8 hours of sleep a night. more on the weekends if i feel like it
    -i'm up at 430 on clinical days, in the OR by 545. i'm always the first one there. my classmates get there at 630.
    -i study on the weekends. i've only studied during the week about 2 times since the program started 8 months ago
    -i spend lots of time with my family and my baby (e.g. every day)
    -i have friends, and i see them socially
    -apparently half my class got trashed on St pats

    i have a 4.0 with more than half the academics done. i'm not exceptionally bright, i got a 2.8 cum undergrad. everyone in my (small) clinical group has a 4.0 as well.


    the clinicals can flay you alive, no matter how awesome you think you are. that depends day to day on your preceptor. it will be far worse than what you experienced in undergrad.
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    Quote from Sarcolemma
    ok we're not gods, and IMO most of what people are describing seems to be a little extreme

    maybe i'm just lazy, but here's my take:

    -i get 8 hours of sleep a night. more on the weekends if i feel like it
    -i'm up at 430 on clinical days, in the OR by 545. i'm always the first one there. my classmates get there at 630.
    -i study on the weekends. i've only studied during the week about 2 times since the program started 8 months ago
    -i spend lots of time with my family and my baby (e.g. every day)
    -i have friends, and i see them socially
    -apparently half my class got trashed on St pats

    i have a 4.0 with more than half the academics done. i'm not exceptionally bright, i got a 2.8 cum undergrad. everyone in my (small) clinical group has a 4.0 as well.


    the clinicals can flay you alive, no matter how awesome you think you are. that depends day to day on your preceptor. it will be far worse than what you experienced in undergrad.
    Hi,

    I don't know what semester / year you are in but I can say that the first year was as I described...no time to do anything. Now I am in my second to last semester and I do have more time because I am at clinicals 4 days a week and class on the 5th day.

    I don't have time to study much because I have to take care of my 2 yr and 3 yr old. As for weekends...it is the same thing. I have exhausted my family members' generosity so I don't really have anyone to help so I will say that makes it difficult to study. Thus, I still have to wake up in the wee hours to have time for myself. I am exhausted most of the time because even though I don't study much clinicals is still stressful because I am at a site that continues to 'challenge' you.

    Honestly, the only reason why my household was in order for the most part is because I had a housekeeper every week. So I tip my hat to you if you are able to balance your life so well in anesthesia school.

    I wish I could have gotten some advice from you before ALL of this :-)
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    Quote from FLAreN
    Hi,

    I don't know what semester / year you are in but I can say that the first year was as I described...no time to do anything. Now I am in my second to last semester and I do have more time because I am at clinicals 4 days a week and class on the 5th day.
    I'm in month 8 right now - 2 class days 3 clinical. we have another 4 months of class, then its full time OR for the next 14.

    I have a very supportive wife who more than does her fair share, working and taking care of our baby.....that more than anything else has probably been the biggest help


    I have to say that your situation definitely sounds more difficult than mine, with 2 (young!) kids that you're having to deal with by yourself, on top of everything else. I don't know if you're a single parent or not, but having that added really can make the stress mount quickly.
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    i'm reading some of these posts, and i am really impressed!

    i am almost done with my first semester of anesthesia school, and it is sooooo incredibly hard!

    i have a few bachelors degrees, and 4.0 in all, so i thought "grad school will be do-able"--but i have had to give that up! getting bs is suddenly ok. i study 60-80 hours a week, and have no social life. so squeaking by is seemingly ok now...... i am in a front-loaded didactic program, so i am in class all the time, study and write papers when i am not in class. the seniors tell me it is easier once clinicals start, so there is an end in sight!!!

    i am fortunate to have a very supportive spouse, and a teenager who wants nothing to do with his "uncool" parents. i can't possibly imagine trying to be in school with young kids or infants. there are some in my program that do have young children, but i think they are suffering, studying all the time and neglecting the family.

    maybe some programs are a little more lax (sarcolemma, consider yourself fortunate! i am extremely envious!!!!)

    but i am just amazed at how humbled i have been throughout this semester. once i got accepted, i read all the posts on here about srnas--and i thought i was ready.

    but i wasn't.

    everyone told me it is hard, and one of the worst experiences ever..... but until one goes through it, it is inconceivable. i thought i was prepared, but i wasn't.

    it is like childbirth--you have 9 months to prepare, but the reality and 2am feedings are a shocker, and you really aren't "prepared."

    i do not regret going into the program. it is so interesting, and i really, really don't want to go back to wiping poopy butts in the icu.

    but make no mistake, anesthesia school is really hard work.

    and as to earlier posts, working while going to anesthesia school is pretty impossible. there just aren't enough hours in the day.

    and again, i am so thankful to have a supportive husband that does laundry and is understanding when i get up at 0230 to study.

    good luck to all my fellow students!
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    hi Diva Princess, I am starting CRNA program in Aug 09. I have been thinking the same way after reading all the SRNA posts that I am ready but reading your post suddenly make me realized that I guess its hard to prepare for anesthesia school. Like you said " until one goes through it, it is inconceivable. Just curious which program are you in? Love to hear more about your experience and let us know if starting clinicals makes life little easier. Thanks
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    sarcolemma...where are you going to crna school, if you don't mind sharing?


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