Just checking in with everybody starting in the Jan 2014 Drexel CRNA class. How is everyone doing in their core classes? I just signed up for Adv Pharm and the Info systems class for the Winter quarter and will take the Adv Physiology class in the Spring. I only have 3 classes reqiured for the Post-Master's program.
Has anyone that is relocating figured out what they plan to do for the housing? I narrowedmy search to Edgewater Apts and The Lofts at 1835, which are nice luxury apartments located within walking distance to campus. The Stiles Graduate Dorms are nice and affordable but the rooms are only 10x10ft, which is very small and without closets. I'm also bringing a car and the parking garages are very expensive for monthly passes. Let me know what you all are planning to do for housing. I'm relocating from Maryland and looking to move to Philly around Nov 2013 to get settled in and maybe do some per-diem work until classes start.
Good luck to everyone.
It's not bad. We just had our first exam today. Our lecture had 500 PPT slides and we covered it in 3 class sessions and our exam today covered a lot of that information. Our anesthesia machine lecture had over 1000 PPT slides and we covered it in 2 class days. The information is not hard to understand it's just the shear volume of information you are given. Most anesthesia programs would cover what we just learned in a whole semester and we covered it in 6 days total. Learning all of the drugs and the mechanism of action with your dosage ranges and being able to apply it to clinical scenarios was a bit overwhelming but then you learn how to make up mnemonics to help you out.
It also helps that I 've been an OR nurse for 11 years so a lot of the surgical info we're getting like how to do an epidural, spinals, and bier blocks, I've already seen and assisted with as an OR nurse. Most ICU nurses dont have the OR experience so its kind of hard for them to understand the lingo of the OR and the positioning and the general flow of cases for each surgical speciality whereas the OR is my comfort zone.
We cover so much information in such a short amount of time because we are an integrated program and we start clinicals the end of March and we've only been in school just for 3 weeks now. I've learned so much in just this short amount of time that even I am amazed. I can see why my school consistently performs well at the clinical sites and on boards. We have a 100% pass rate on boards and our attrition rate is only 6% currently. We have a great Program Director and the faculty are really invested in you succeeding in the program.
Studying is totally on a different level. On the weekends, I study about 12-13 hours. There is so much material to cover that when I finish, I had no idea that 12 hours went by. I still set aside personal time to go to the gym and to travel locally.
Good luck to you as you pursue your ICU-CRNA journey. Anesthesia school is awesome and just the networking you will encounter is phenomenal. Our school also covers the cost for us to attend the AANA annual conference and they are looking to send us to state level meetings as well.
Last edit by SRNA4U on Jan 24, '14