Diversity in Anesthesia Program

  1. ...has anyone every attended one of these programs geared specifically for minorities who want to pursue anesthesia? I'm debating whether or not to attend the conference in Miami. Do you guys think it would be benificial to me? I plan on applying for CRNA school next year. Could you check out the seminar and tell me what you think? Thanks!

    http://www.diversitycrna.org/miamiRegistration.pdf
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  3. by   Special31
    I have I attended a conference in New Jersey and I believe it was very beneficial.
  4. by   Designer NP
    Thanks!
  5. by   fufu11
    I'm in Los Angeles and I attended a luncheon held this April and I found it immensely helpful. The Diversity in Anesthesia program Director Wallena Gould is truly inspirational. I plan to attend the other luncheon scheduled for October in Miami . Since some of the Florida CRNA program directors will be there, I think it would be a good opportunity to meet them and ask questions about their programs. I hope to apply and get into one of Florida's CRNA program in a year or two.
  6. by   Designer NP
    Thanks guys. I actually mailed my registration fee this weekend. I will be attending the luncheon in Miami.
  7. by   sarahneeyah
    Quote from NurseCutie
    ...has anyone every attended one of these programs geared specifically for minorities who want to pursue anesthesia? I'm debating whether or not to attend the conference in Miami. Do you guys think it would be benificial to me? I plan on applying for CRNA school next year. Could you check out the seminar and tell me what you think? Thanks!

    http://www.diversitycrna.org/miamiRegistration.pdf
    Hey! maybe I can help. I attended the NJ luncheon back in March of this year. It was very informative. The founder, Lena will help you in the whole application process. If you can make it to the one in Miami, please go. Since the luncheon, she periodically drops me a note to see where I am at in the process. She is really a great woman and very approachable. PLEASE try to attend the next one. The other great thing is that you get to meet many people who are heading in the same direction as you. I live in Atlanta, I was able to meet two other women from Atlanta, and we've kind of built a local support system. Hope this help. Also, if you email Lena, she will get in touch with you promtly. Also, go the the MINORITY NURSE website, and you will also get different views from past attendees.
  8. by   Designer NP
    THANK YOU SOOO MUCH!
    I am getting excited already. Like I said I've sent my $$$ for the registration. I just need to get my hotel and flight booked and I'm good to go!
  9. by   NRSKarenRN

    the mission of the diversity in nurse anesthesia mentorship program is to inform, empower and mentor underserved diverse populations with information to prepare for a successful career in nurse anesthesia.
    tis the mentorship this group provides that helps potential + srna students graduate and succeed in this profession.
  10. by   wtbcrna
    I have to say I looked at the program brochure and it says nothing about affirmative action etc. It sounds just like NrsKaren posted. It is program to provide information and mentorship. Personally, I think it is great idea especially if it is open to everyone. Most nurses really don't have an idea of what we do in anesthesia and it is really hard to describe/understand what you will be facing while in anesthesia school.
    Just as a side note you can be "white" and get a grant based on being a miniority sometimes... I happen to be a "white" male and was able to get a Carl Perkins grant based on being a male in nursing while getting my LVN several years ago. I don't see anything wrong with getting scholarships based on race etc. I do have problem with admissions considering race for the applications process, but as far as I know there isn't any nurse anesthesia schools that use race as determining factor for getting in. When a person gets into nurse anesthesia school and is sitting beside you I think you can be pretty assured that they got in because they were the best qualified for that position at that time based on grades/interview/work experience etc. not race.

    All I really have to say is good luck to everyone that gets into nurse anesthesia school. It is a long and grueling process, but as I am nearing graduation at the end of this year it seems like the whole process has seemed worth it.
  11. by   sirI
    Please note several off-topic posts were removed. The original post was about, "debating whether or not to attend the conference in Miami" and reviewing the brochure.
  12. by   kwalrn
    Hey Sarahlannie, I am from the Atlanta area as well and would love more information on the conference in Miami. Also, are you applying for any programs in the GA area?
  13. by   sarahneeyah
    Quote from kwalrn
    Hey Sarahlannie, I am from the Atlanta area as well and would love more information on the conference in Miami. Also, are you applying for any programs in the GA area?
    Yes, I plan on applying to both schools in Ga, and some of the schools in Florida. My family is there at Deerfield Beach, not too far from U of Miami, FIU, and Barry U, but the thought of being away from my hubby and baby is killing me. Most people will tell you that we will most likely have to go to school at another state, but I will deal with that when the time come. If you can, go to the luncheon in Miami. I believe that UM and Barry will be there. You will receive such great info. I work @ Emory. Where do you work?
  14. by   cyndrapo
    Hi Sarahlannie and kwalrn! I also live in the Atlanta area and I've been attending some of the Diversity in Nurse Anesthesia Mentorship Program functions. I work at St Joseph's Hospital and Dekalb Medical Center. I attended the lucheon in March in NJ which was extremely beneficial and inspirational. I also was fortunate enough to attend one of Lena's Anesthesia Airway Workshops this past July in NJ also. Lena took us into the OR, we got to intubate a mannequin, we went over spinal anesthesia and watch some of her recent grads/SRNAs use it on a simulation mannequin, we went over the anesthesia machine in detail, we learned how to set up our OR each morning, and we went over the difficult airway cart. WE LEARNED SO MUCH THAT DAY AND I REALLY GOT TO GET TO KNOW SOME OTHER PEOPLE IN OUR POSITION that are hoping to get into anesthesia school someday. A lot of us that attended the airway workshop are all gonna meet up in Miami at the next luncheon. If you get a chance you should really try to attend one of her anesthesia airway workshops so you can really get some hands on and impress the admission comittees when you apply! I can't say enough about Lena, she is a remarkable woman and a God-send as far as I'm concerned.

    I am applying to like 8 - 10 schools including the 2 in GA. I am also in the process of applying to Univ of Miami so that my application will be complete when I talk to their representatives at the luncheon. (Hopefully they will remember my face when they see my app.!) You guys can hit me up anytime if you have any questions, HOPE TO MEET YOU IN MIAMI BABY! WHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

    Edited by traumarus: please don't include email addys in your posts. Thanks.

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