A day in the life of a SRNA - page 8

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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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    wow, after reading these who would want to do this? it's scaring me and i am done with my first year.
    my program is 28 mos like most. we started clinicals with class after an 8wk crash course. our first year schedule goes like this:


    mon- group a (half the class) clinical from 0600- 1200 while group b sleeps in or goes to lab on their off morning . 1300 the whole class meets for class till 1800.
    tue- group b (the other half of class) clinical from 0600-1200 while group a studies/sleeps in/recovers/catches up/etc. 1300-2000 class for everyone
    .
    wed- group a clinical 0600-1200 then class for all 1300-1900
    thur- group b clinical 0600-1200 then class for all1300- 1900
    fri- group a clinical 0600-1500, group b off for three day weekend/ no classes on fri.

    the following week group b has clinical m_w_f while group a has clinical t_th. classes are always from 1300-whenever 5_6_7_or_8pm. and everyday there is a quiz or test for each class! every 2wks i get a 3 day weekend to study "some" and spend with my family.

    my wife feels like a single mom of 4 kids from ages 9_7_6_4 currently. i get shafted if i study too much so i first spend some time with her then study when she goes to bed at 12am. i get to sleep in just about every other day. i don't study as much as my classmates though. i still have around a 3.7 or something like that. who cares, this is a terminal degree we get grades for some easier courses and clinical which help my overall gpa.

    next month i will start my senior rotations and will be done with classes. my schedule will vary at each hospital but basically i will be at the hospital from 0600-0630 and leave when they say i can. do not ever ask to go home early or you will raise some flags!! go and be useful to the site. some sites let us run our own rooms. that means an mda or crna will be with us on induction and emergence only. the rest is up to us to handle unless we call for help or get into trouble.

    some of our junior rotations give us autonomy too but only a couple sites. we also pull call in addition to the classes at 3 of the sites. some people told me the classes would get easier later in the year but actually, we just got use to the daily beatings of class and testing. you will adapt. i waited soooo long to go to school and now i am just glad to be here. good times!

    for those of you with families- i don't know how to let your loved ones mentally prepare. my wife is a nurse and i expected her to be fully supportive (as she is kinda) but she has emotions like all women and has a hard time dealing with not working to take care of the kids and being 400 miles away from home.
    just make sure, no matter how hard it is, to put aside one day at least
    for your family. good luck everyone. we can do this.



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    I remember reading/posting in this thread almost 2 years ago now, before i had even applied to anesthesia school. and all the things people were saying scared the living daylights out of me! made me doubt myself and my ability to do this!

    now...i can ONLY speak for myself (i am 26, single/unmarried, no kids, no morgage or car payment)...but what i want to tell anyone who is considering anesthesia school and reading this to get some insight into what your life would be like....TAKE ALL OF THIS WITH A GRAIN OF SALT. i promise you, YOU CAN DO THIS. all these people who are making this out to be like a nazi concentration camp, its NOT (again im sure its a lot harder if you're married and have kids but its still doable!!). you go into this KNOWING its not going to be a piece of cake. if it were, everyone would do it. so yes, its a lot of work and takes time and effort and sacrifices....but its all SO WORTH IT if this is what you're passionate about!! end rant.

    that being said...i am starting my 3rd semester next week. i am in a 30 month program and have done about 7 months so far. i started in january with didactic and then start clinical the end of march. here is a typical schedule for me.

    Monday - up by 5am, in the OR by 6am (i walk, only a few blocks away) the first semester was pretty easy compared to the second. second semester i was studying 2-4 hours almost everyday after class/clinical. but you get used to it and its no big deal. relax, you still have time to eat, pee, sleep, have sex :P

    Tuesday - clinical again. 6-3 but they usually let us out between 2-230 depending on the cases

    Wednesday - class 830-noon. then study for a few hours.

    Thursday - lab 830-noon

    Friday - class 8-1130

    im still per diem at work. i work about 2-3 days a month. a few people in my class still do 3 days (i think they do it on weekend nights or something). ive had time to hang with my friends, go on trips, etc. you just have to buckle down certain weeks when you have exams. typically ive had about one big exam each week. certain topics require more studying than others, as you know. i wouldnt say im a 4.0 student. my undergrad GPA was 3.5. so far ive managed straight A's my first and second semesters and ive excelled in the clinical area. im LOVING it and never regret my decision.

    again i just want to say...this thread scared the crap out of me. but now im living it and its so doable. so GO FOR IT!! you wont regret it! put your fears aside...i was worried about money, not having enough experience (i had 4 years nursing experience, only 1.5 unit experience). but it has all worked out!!
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    I'm still in school getting my BS at the moment, and planning to eventually become a CRNA. This is a really great thread and I love the responses. They sound scary and yet exciting too! lol. As crazy as it sounds, reading this has actually made me more excited about becoming a CRNA.

    I was wondering about the amount of experience most CRNAs would recommend having in ICU before applying to CRNA school? I think the minimum required is like 1 or 2 yrs and I was planning on 2/3, but maybe more would be necessary? How much experience did you have before applying (current SRNAs and CRNAs)?
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    Wow yes I agree this thread is sooo inspirational and makes me super excited to start. It certainly has scared the crap out of me though, but I figure if I can just take half a day per week to do something not school related. I'm glad to hear that not everyone in this program has to study 18 hours a day! Does anyone have suggestions on which schools are best to go to? I won't be applying until 2012 but I'm trying to start preparing myself now.
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    I love this thread. I cannot wait to start nursing school. work in ICU for 3 years and attend CRNA school. so exciting!!!!
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    This is an amazing thread! I was starting to get sucked into the " crna school is a warzone" vibe until hell000nurse posted their follow up response. I know i got this, and my year of ICU experience cant be finished soon enough. Hope to hear back from some of the original posters as well as current srnas
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    Just gotta say I love this thread. I'm a junior nursing student. I know that CRNA school is a while away but wow... I am extremely excited! Kind of weird, perhaps, but I'm the type who yearns for intense academic programs and TONS of learning (I'm also, a little corny ) Basically, thank you to everyone who has shared their experience!!!
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    As someone just accepted to CRNA school, this was really helpful. Learning to be a "nursing student" is going to be a huge change. Emotional toll, not ready for it...but ready or not, here it comes! Thanks for sharing and for the advice.
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    Great posts. I appreciate you guys for shedding a lil light on the day and life of a CRNA.
    #inspired


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