How old were you when you started CRNA school? - page 4

by Nolander

Questions is in the title, I'm just wondering what the average age range for students starting there programs are... Read More


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    I don't mind at all. I was extremely nervous and am absolutely not the best communicator... That holds true in my personal and professional life. I'm the type of person that I know the reason why drugs or certain things work or do not work, and I can show you... but I can't explain it. :/ That has always been a downfall for me. And although Murray didn't ask me specific ICU type questions, I got so nervous that I could barely explain the type of ICU I work in.. Yep, nerves. I just can't over come them when it comes to a conversation. I'm more of an introvert anyway. I know that may have you asking how I handle advocating for my patients or my role in a code, rapid response, etc. But somehow I can overcome in situations like that but have yet to master the art of communication in a formal setting.

    I will leave you with an example...
    My first question in my interview was, "Explain your last 5 years as a nurse." And while I could have used this opportunity to elaborate how my 2 years of nursing have been more profitable to my professional knowledge and experience than some have had in 10+ years, I simply said something vague and choked..
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    Quote from icu-ickyou
    I will leave you with an example...
    My first question in my interview was, "Explain your last 5 years as a nurse." And while I could have used this opportunity to elaborate how my 2 years of nursing have been more profitable to my professional knowledge and experience than some have had in 10+ years, I simply said something vague and choked..
    What other kind of interview questions did they ask?
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    Just general questions, really. My first question was as stated.. They went on to ask why I wanted to be a CRNA, tell me about your hospital, tell me about why you want to pursue RURAL CRNA practice, etc.. That's all I really remember to be honest with you... I may have some PTSD and have blocked out the bad memories. LOL! I walked in and the interviewers were sitting at an oblong table and I sat at the head of the table nearest the door. It was a very informal interview and every person had a different question. A couple of people took notes. Hope that helps!
    Last edit by icu-ickyou on Mar 1, '13
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    icu-ickyou. I will be starting my program shortly after turning 22 years old at the end of the summer. Your story sounds a lot like mine with how you got in! Congrats. I commend you on your hard work. Good luck!
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    For those who started the CRNA at age 24 or so, when did you choose to take organic I and II? Or was organic not required for your admission?
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    Quote from tran1591
    For those who started the CRNA at age 24 or so, when did you choose to take organic I and II? Or was organic not required for your admission?
    I've never taken organic chem. it wasn't required for the particular schools I applied to. I did take an online biochem class through UNE- the school I ended up choosing- which I found challenging and very interesting.


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