Just finished my first semester. Ask me anything. - page 10

Wow...I can't believe it's only been been 3 1/2 months! It feels like it's been at least a year. But finally, a few hours ago today, I took my last final and finished my first semester of CRNA... Read More

  1. Visit  Pattycakes85 profile page
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    Hello!!

    This is a great thread. I want to be a CRNA one day, but I have a long way to go as I am only taking prenursing courses but gosh I am so excited and motivated! There is one thing that concerns me. I am squeamish. What does working in the ICU entail? I used to not be able to look at blood but once I decided I wanted to be a nurse, I forced myself to watch documentaries and now I can watch autopsies being done (i still cringe) and find it fascinating. I am wondering if everyone gets over their squeamishness once they start working? I dont know if I could handle treating someone with bones sticking out or third degree burns all over...
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  3. Visit  gwapo profile page
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    Quote from Pattycakes85
    Hello!!

    This is a great thread. I want to be a CRNA one day, but I have a long way to go as I am only taking prenursing courses but gosh I am so excited and motivated! There is one thing that concerns me. I am squeamish. What does working in the ICU entail? I used to not be able to look at blood but once I decided I wanted to be a nurse, I forced myself to watch documentaries and now I can watch autopsies being done (i still cringe) and find it fascinating. I am wondering if everyone gets over their squeamishness once they start working? I dont know if I could handle treating someone with bones sticking out or third degree burns all over...
    As a crna, you may see heads being cut open in the OR, body parts being sewn together. It's still early. You're mind may change along the way. Good luck.
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  4. Visit  piratenurse0226 profile page
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    Quote from Pattycakes85
    Hello!!

    This is a great thread. I want to be a CRNA one day, but I have a long way to go as I am only taking prenursing courses but gosh I am so excited and motivated! There is one thing that concerns me. I am squeamish. What does working in the ICU entail? I used to not be able to look at blood but once I decided I wanted to be a nurse, I forced myself to watch documentaries and now I can watch autopsies being done (i still cringe) and find it fascinating. I am wondering if everyone gets over their squeamishness once they start working? I dont know if I could handle treating someone with bones sticking out or third degree burns all over...
    Hey there pattycakes85, first off I would encourage you to do the best you can in your prerequisites (esp sciences), this will give you a nice gpa to work with ESP if your nursing school is on a 7 point scale. I was one of those kids who was always afraid of blood growing up, but forced myself to get over it when I became a combat medic in the Army. It does take some time to get over it and remember you have to be a nurse first before you can be a CRNA, so you have to get used to all bodily fluids (feces, emesis, urine etc.) along with blood, and should be professional around the patient when you see it and not be grossed out (this can make your patient uncomfortable if you're not professional around them). This is just regular everyday nursing things. ICU patients are ICU patients because they are sicker and require more work than the average patient. When you get into nursing school and are in clinicals, ask for the hardest patients (this will make you comfortable with sick patients so you feel more confident when you apply for ICU positions). Best of luck on your endeavors.
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  5. Visit  Pattycakes85 profile page
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    Thanks for your responses!! I know its a longgg way ahead of me.. but I just get excited

    Thank you!
  6. Visit  MeTheRN profile page
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    Quote from Pattycakes85
    Thanks for your responses!! I know its a longgg way ahead of me.. but I just get excited

    Thank you!
    Keep that excitement alive at all costs, it'll get you through the crazy chemistry classes and insane nursing faculty and clinical instructors

    Regarding your first question, every nurse has one thing that sets them off. Whether it be blood, sputum, biliary drainage, C.diff diarrhea, or the smell of pseudomonas...there's always something that triggers your CTZ and threatens to derail you. However, you do build up a tolerance to it. Implosion therapy and repeated exposure will definitely dull your sensitivities.

    For me personally, I have trouble with colostomy drainage. My particular problem is with the odor because I have a strong and sensitive nose. I've learned to mouth breathe when I have to, and I can hold my breath for a long time. Thankfully I wear a surgical mask a lot, so I can always squirt some tooth paste in there and go to my happy place. Even more thankfully, I don't work with a lot of colostomies anymore. But I used to get brain matter on me a lot when I worked on my old unit! Good times! :spin:
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  7. Visit  305_SICU_RN profile page
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    MeTheRN, thank you again for such detailed responses. You have really been such a gem. Thank you! My questions to you are: what should i expect the first semester? What was the average day in your life as a first semester Wolford student. Secondly, any advice for finding a roomate? Im single, and would like to keep costs as low as possible by finding a roommate, preferably another student. Ive been doing the craigslist/yelp/roommate.com search and havent found anything yet. Ill be coming up to naples this week for a interview and figure ill take a look around, but do you have any advice? Thanks!
  8. Visit  MeTheRN profile page
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    Quote from 305_SICU_RN
    MeTheRN, thank you again for such detailed responses. You have really been such a gem. Thank you! My questions to you are: what should i expect the first semester? What was the average day in your life as a first semester Wolford student. Secondly, any advice for finding a roomate? Im single, and would like to keep costs as low as possible by finding a roommate, preferably another student. Ive been doing the craigslist/yelp/roommate.com search and havent found anything yet. Ill be coming up to naples this week for a interview and figure ill take a look around, but do you have any advice? Thanks!
    You're welcome! I enjoy chatting, and this is sort of therapeutic for me as I procrastinate on studying for tomorrow's exam!

    Your first semester might be different from mine depending on which semester you start in. The predominant factor in the first semester is getting back into student mode. Find and explore different ways of learning and processing the material quickly and efficiently. Some of my classmates have to re-write all of our notes by hand, some of them have to listen to the lectures while exercising, some of them make thousands of flashcards, and some of them just read the book. Figure it out, fast. The second most important thing is developing a schedule. That's the hardest for me. I'm a notorious procrastinator and I prefer my night shift schedule, so it's hard for me to wake up at 8AM and study all day like my counterparts. But on the other hand, I'm up most of the night studying while they're sleeping. Some students consistently put in 5-10 hours a day, some students put in much less and are still passing. It's completely dependent on what type of student you are. And it also depends on the material, for example regional anesthesia is kicking my butt this semester!

    Regarding the roommate, wolford has a roommate forum that you can post on. My friend found her roommate that way. Another friend of mine moved in on a monthly lease and then found a roommate at school and moved in with him a month later. Personally, I decided to live alone because I'm OCD and keep odd hours. It's more expensive, but my stable environment has helped me maintain my sanity and grades. My friend was almost failing out of the program because she had a volatile roommate that terrorized her...so just be careful. Are you joining Wolford for the upcoming fall semester?
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  9. Visit  305_SICU_RN profile page
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    Thanks for your response. MeTheRN. Yes, if I get accepted (which I hope I will, because Im getting interviewed a month before classes start), I'll be starting in the fall. I did notice a Housing forum on the Wolford website, but you need some kinda ID. Im thinking once I'm fully accepted, Ill have access..... Good luck with the late night studying!
  10. Visit  AlexisMendoza profile page
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    Would a 3.0 average nursing gpa good enough to get into crna schools?
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    Quote from sjc2012
    Would a 3.0 average nursing gpa good enough to get into crna schools?
    Other than a couple of schools, a 3.0 is the minimum. So yes it is good enough but probably less than the average person accepted. You can still stand out in other areas.

    Is your overall GPA higher?
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  12. Visit  MeTheRN profile page
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    With a great sense of relief and accomplishment, I can bump this thread and state "just finished my third (and last didactic) semester of CRNA school! Ask me anything!"
  13. Visit  missnurse01 profile page
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    Congrats !
  14. Visit  Tre'RN profile page
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    MeTheRN, I can't imagine the Jubilation you must feel right now, but hopefully I get to that point in the future. congrats.

    P.s. don't bump the thread it is actually packed with a ton of useful info...thanks for you contribution. I am inspired....


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