Help!!! My Interview For The Anesthesia Program Is In 1 Week. Any Last Minute Tips? - page 3

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Well, Its Down To The Wire. My Interview For The Anesthesia Program Is In One Week, And I'm Really Beginning To Feel The Jitters. If Anyone Has Any Tips (like Questions And/or Topics That Will Be Asked), Please Share Them With... Read More


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    Hi Nitecap,
    I tried to PM you too. Did you get it?

    Thanks!
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    So I'm in, sometimes I still can't believe it. I'm in my second semester of CRNA school. I'm so happy to be studying anesthesia. I remember the stress of the interviews, and I searched allnurses.com at that time for guidance. I just want to return the favor. Some things you should know for your interview:
    • Swans- everything about them. I was asked what anatomy they get inserted through and how to interpret the readings.
    • Drips. Know all your inotropes and then some. Know paralytics like Nimbex. Also know Dobutamine, and sedation drips like versed, fentanyl. These drugs are all very important in anesthesia. Know how to calculate, know what both names for the drug are, (trade and generic) know if they are alpha, beta, or both etc. I was asked what the generic name for neo was, what type of drug it was & when I would give it...when I answered septic shock, I was then asked a lot of questions about septic shock.
    • ACLS- you need to know this backwards & forwards. Know your ECG strips like they are 2nd nature. I was asked to interpret 10 strips then asked what would I do if my pt. in NSR went into PEA, and the causes of PEA. Also know your blocks and how to treat.
    • Vents- know them well! I was asked to interpret an ABG and what the causes of metabolic acidosis could be.
    • Intubation set-up...I was asked what equipment you need (suction, laryngoscope, etc.) I was also asked how to confirm placement of an ETT.
    • Know how to interpret your art line readings...when it's dampened, etc, how to read the waveforms.
    • CVP lines- know what anatomy it goes through and what ports are used for what.
    Some non-medical advice....
    • Research your program WELL. I knew all about the professors, what they had their degrees in, what they had published. I also knew the history of the program, what it had ranked on U.S. News World & Report, what the clinical sites were. Know why you want to attend this particular program and KNOW WHY YOU WANT TO GO INTO ANESTHESIA. Sounds simple, but you definitely don't want to fumble when asked these questions.
    • Be familiar with CRNA/ MDA/ AANA political issues
    • It is nerve racking, and chances are they are going to throw you a question that is purposefully stressful just because they want to see how you handle stress. Expect this and be prepared.
    • Think of confrontations/difficult situations you have had at work and how you dealt with them.
    • If you don't know something, admit it. If you BS, they'll know.
    • Have a list of questions for them, too. It will show that you are truly interested and have given great thought to being in the field and being in their program.
    • Be confident- the more prepared you are, the more confident you will feel. Firm handshake, look them in the eye.
    • Be EARLY.
    • Be yourself.
    Good luck guys! :wink2:
    Last edit by TrainO4 on Feb 16, '07
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    I have some tips to give but am also in need of some advice!!! :-)

    I just did an anesthesia school interview and I really wasn't sure how I did. First of all, it was somewhat hard to read the individual who was interviewing me (her personality was somewhat dry). When I left, I shook her hand, and she said "Thank you, I hope to see you next year for school." I left feeling reassured, but I wonder if they say this to everyone? Could be.
    I feel I have a pretty strong resume, grades, etc. I'm just not sure! Does anyone have feedback about this?

    As far as questions they asked me, they were pretty typical (1) tell me about yourself (2) why nursing? (3) what are some of the responsibilities of a CRNA? (3) why is it so high risk? (4) where else have you applied?...and the most interesting, a scenario (5) "An otherwise healthy 34 year old female comes in for an emergency appendectomy, how (as the CRNA) are you going to get prepared? What are you going to do? What are you going to give her?
    I thought that last one was a little out there but I think I answered it the best I could based on what I had previously seen during shadowing. After I was done, I said "Is that sort of what you were looking for on the answer to that question?" The interviewer replied by saying, "Thats far better than some I have heard!"
    So, again...not sure how to interpret that. I think I have really shown my dedication to this, I explain I have wanted to be a CRNA since I was 14 years old, and haven't diverted from my plan since. I moved all the way across the country to get the best possible critical care experience I could, I have shadowed COUNTLESS clinical hours, got great recommendations, and am getting my CCRN in June.
    You guys have any thoughts?
    Thanks!
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    That sounds pretty good...the interviewer's comments sound promising. I don't think they say that to everyone. I hope to be in your shoes soon!! Taking GRE's next week and then interviews will start.... where was this interview you just had?
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    I will be interviewing at University of Buffalo on 11/17.....any tips???
    thanks
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    I attended UB. I highly recommend that program. I have been a practicing CRNA almost 2 years now and felt very prepared when I graduated. Plus the program director and assistant program director are awesome.
    Read my previous thread I wrote in Feb 2007, and Nitecap's response way before that. AllNurses.com is a great resource so it's good your here, and good luck.
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    thks....im nervous....how soon did u hear after ur interview?
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    Quote from TrainO4
    I attended UB. I highly recommend that program. I have been a practicing CRNA almost 2 years now and felt very prepared when I graduated. Plus the program director and assistant program director are awesome.
    Read my previous thread I wrote in Feb 2007, and Nitecap's response way before that. AllNurses.com is a great resource so it's good your here, and good luck.
    ....how long was ur interview? when did u hear back after u interviewed?
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    This is a great thread, thanks to all that contributed and shared their interview info
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    Very Excited! Feeling strong about my interview. I really appreciate the time you all have taken to inform me and all those able, willing, and capable. I have my interview with TWU 8JAN10, 230pm. Excited and as you can see continueing my preperation and attempting to strengthen my 1140 GRE score, CCRN, and MBA application highlights. Thank you. Keep you updated and good luck to us all, nurses that is, in continuing the battle for health and wellness.

    Omar


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