Just finished my first semester. Ask me anything. - page 14

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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 school! I figured this would be a... Read More


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    Quote from Tre'RN
    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....
    Yeah good job. Also bump means to refresh the thread so people will see it near the top of the topic lists.
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    Manusko,

    Are you feeling that you will really enjoy giving anesthesia? My thing is, I really love nursing. It's a blast in my opinion. I love it for a lot of reasons, but I'm hesitant to leave it for what is pretty much another profession. Has there been any disappointments or things that get you bummed about the profession? And on the other hand, what's the best things about how its different from ICU nursing?
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    Quote from Mully
    Manusko,

    Are you feeling that you will really enjoy giving anesthesia? My thing is, I really love nursing. It's a blast in my opinion. I love it for a lot of reasons, but I'm hesitant to leave it for what is pretty much another profession. Has there been any disappointments or things that get you bummed about the profession? And on the other hand, what's the best things about how its different from ICU nursing?
    I really do love it. I graduate in May and the only thing that really gets me down is one day having freedom to make changes to care and then the next day being totally controlled. The work is great and the variety in cases is good too.

    You get to make some connections to PTs and families but that connection is short lived after the surgery. That's one of the few things I miss about nursing.

    There is still adrenaline rushes and critical PTs.
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    Wow this thread is so informative! This is great!

    So my question is, how soon should I take the GRE? I know the scores are good for five years- so let's say I am in my final semester of my BSN, and plan on applying for CRNA school within two years. can I take the GRE before I even graduate with my BSN? Or do I wait until after I take the NCLEX and I am working? Does it matter when you take it if the score is good for five years?
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    It doesn't matter when you take the GREs. I would recommend graduating and taking the NCLEX first. If you handle stress well, have a good memory, and don't mind studying all day, then take the GRE beforehand. Why not wait until after the NCLEX so you can devote your time and memory to one thing? That way, the GRE will last 5 years from then. Since most schools have deadlines in the 2nd half of the year, this should give you plenty of time to complete everything, assuming that you get hired in an ICU.
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    Quote from manusko
    the only thing that really gets me down is one day having freedom to make changes to care and then the next day being totally controlled
    Amen! Just had a great day in surgery mainly because it was just me and the MDA

    Mully, I think my only disappointment so far in my transition from RN to SRNA is that people tend to lose their patience a lot faster in the OR. You tend to have a lot more attitudes and unrealistic expectations. I understand the stress and acuity drives people to moments of madness...but it can get old! So you definitely need to have a tough exterior because people will expect you to know things you've never been told or shown before, and they'll hold you accountable for things you don't know. I'm not even talking about anesthesia at this point.

    You still definitely form a relationship with the patients. One of my instructors is always reminding me that a good pre-op is far more effective than 2mg of midazolam. I think he's very right about that. The great thing about training to be a CRNA is that you are empowered to make your own decisions. If you think the patient needs a little ephedrine or some more positive pressure ventilation, you make the adjustments and see what happens. It's like playing a big game of chess! So far, it's fascinating and I'm loving it.
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    Quote from jtboog2003
    Wow this thread is so informative! This is great!

    So my question is, how soon should I take the GRE? I know the scores are good for five years- so let's say I am in my final semester of my BSN, and plan on applying for CRNA school within two years. can I take the GRE before I even graduate with my BSN? Or do I wait until after I take the NCLEX and I am working? Does it matter when you take it if the score is good for five years?
    It seriously doesn't matter. If you can take it now and kill it, go for it. It'll be one less thing you have to do when juggling your RN job. I find that the GRE and the extra chemistry classes is what keeps most RN's in the ICU when they really want to go to CRNA school.
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    Thanks for the advice both of you.Yea I was leaning more towards taking it during it now (can study over my winter break for it) and that way I can focus on everything else later. I thought it would be hard when I am juggling the new job, and learning so many new things.


    Ryan, I do have a good memory, and I am great at standarized tests so I am not worried about that aspect of it, but still thanks for your thoughts.
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    I have just been accepted into CRNA school and plan to start in August 2013. I was wondering if you have any advice on preparation and on preparing financially. I have a husband and 2 children, but I am the primary financial provider of my family. I would appreciate any advice.
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    hey kbelliott! I start next year as well...and freaking about the money! I am the sole income earner for our family of 5. Aside from working and saving, and student loans, my friend in the program now got a loan this year from wells fargo that helped him. I have also been looking at withdrawing on my retirement.

    otherwise, I am going to take a phys class as I hear that that is the area that students really struggle in!!!


    good luck!


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