Just finished my first semester. Ask me anything. - page 2

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  SAMISA09} profile page
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    Do you think just one year experience as a nurse is enough to do well in the program? Do they expect you to know a lot? What are your tests like and how often do you get tests/quizes?
    Thank you for taking the time to answer our questions. Good luck!
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  3. Visit  loveanesthesia} profile page
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    I guess I'm concerned about the implications of a nurse anesthesia student saying "I appreciate being taught by anesthesiologists. I know CRNAs are suppose to be the arch enemies ..." Do you realize you are negating that nurse anesthesia is a profession, and is only a profession because nurse anesthesia controls the educational process of new members of the profession? If nurse anesthesia was dependent on another profession for it's educational process, then it is no longer a profession. Many CRNAs have put great effort over the past 100+ years into developing and maintaining the professional standards that allow me as a CRNA to practice. You are blithly throwing that away. This is not to say that most professions do not learn from other professional branches, and that you should not learn from anesthesiologists. I am uncomforable that you are implying that CRNA instructors are somehow 'second rate'.

    I also disagree that CRNAs are the arch enemy. In some situations CRNAs are seen as threatening to some anesthesiologists, and there can be tension due to this.

    Have you read Watchful Care, or Thatcher's book on the history of nurse anesthesia? Virgina Thatcher's book is fasinating and can be downleaded from the AANA website. You may have a different outlook after reading these books.
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  4. Visit  MeTheRN} profile page
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    Quote from SAMISA09
    Do you think just one year experience as a nurse is enough to do well in the program? Do they expect you to know a lot? What are your tests like and how often do you get tests/quizes?
    Thank you for taking the time to answer our questions. Good luck!
    I think it was enough in my opinion. But we'll see when I get to clinicals. I had a strong undergrad experience, so the didactics aren't that hard for me at the moment. But they always ask if there is something that no one understands, and the intelligent students speak up and they slow down.

    You take 5-6 classes per semester, you have about 4 exams in each of them. After the first two weeks, we had an exam every week at least. And sometimes the exams would be back to back (pharm one day, advanced A&P the other day )

    Tests are all online and vary by class and even more by instructor. There are tons of group projects and a few papers we have to do too.

    All programs vary though, this is just example of my first semester.
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  5. Visit  MeTheRN} profile page
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    Quote from loveanesthesia
    I guess I'm concerned about the implications of a nurse anesthesia student saying "I appreciate being taught by anesthesiologists. I know CRNAs are suppose to be the arch enemies ..." Do you realize you are negating that nurse anesthesia is a profession, and is only a profession because nurse anesthesia controls the educational process of new members of the profession? If nurse anesthesia was dependent on another profession for it's educational process, then it is no longer a profession. Many CRNAs have put great effort over the past 100+ years into developing and maintaining the professional standards that allow me as a CRNA to practice. You are blithly throwing that away. This is not to say that most professions do not learn from other professional branches, and that you should not learn from anesthesiologists. I am uncomforable that you are implying that CRNA instructors are somehow 'second rate'.

    I also disagree that CRNAs are the arch enemy. In some situations CRNAs are seen as threatening to some anesthesiologists, and there can be tension due to this.

    Have you read Watchful Care, or Thatcher's book on the history of nurse anesthesia? Virgina Thatcher's book is fasinating and can be downleaded from the AANA website. You may have a different outlook after reading these books.
    I understand what you're saying. And yes, I've read the book and published works by Agatha Hodgins and Alice Mcgraw. I think it is great that nurse anesthesia is a self-sustaining and growing profession. I simply appreciate the fact that this school has a director who is a CRNA and a dean who is an MDA and everyone gets along. From the vibe I got off the forums and on YouTube, I was expecting a battlefield. At least in school, it's not like that for us and I was simply appreciating it.

    I definitely don't think CRNA's are second-rate instructors. If I thought so, I would've gone to anesthesia school and been an MDA. I'm a nerd and appreciate learning things thoroughly down to the cellular level, things some of my friends in other CRNA programs aren't learning or at least aren't being tested on.

    I'm sure my viewpoint will be reshaped and changed once I get out of school and start practicing though. Nurse practitioners have to do their practicums with doctors, I think it's fine that we learn some basic fundamental classes from MDA's. It would bother me if it were all taught by them though, I think it's important to have CRNA's actively involved in the educational process of their own profession, but it's not an "us" versus "them" feeling at the school. That's why I considered it a 'pro'.
  6. Visit  marie834} profile page
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    Hi, I have quite a few questions if you don't mind.

    1. When did you take your GRE?
    2. Is one year experience really okay?
    3. When did you apply for your ICU job, and do you suggest a specific field of ICU that is preferred by CRNA schools?
    4. Where did you find guidance and get advice for being a CRNA? I don't know any CRNAs to look up to or go to for advice. I've obtained all my knowledge mainly through forums and websites.
    5. What do CRNA schools look for in an applicant, besides the usual academics and experience? Do they look at shadowing, volunteering, etc?

    Sorry there are so many, thanks so much for your time!
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  7. Visit  MeTheRN} profile page
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    Quote from marie834
    Hi, I have quite a few questions if you don't mind.

    1. When did you take your GRE?
    2. Is one year experience really okay?
    3. When did you apply for your ICU job, and do you suggest a specific field of ICU that is preferred by CRNA schools?
    4. Where did you find guidance and get advice for being a CRNA? I don't know any CRNAs to look up to or go to for advice. I've obtained all my knowledge mainly through forums and websites.
    5. What do CRNA schools look for in an applicant, besides the usual academics and experience? Do they look at shadowing, volunteering, etc?

    Sorry there are so many, thanks so much for your time!
    1. I took my GRE last April, before it changed its content. My favorite part was the writing section. I used the Princeton Review for it because it's always been my favorite test prep.

    2. I honestly don't know. I'm one of the few (maybe there's 2 of us tops) that got in with only one year of experience. I can imagine it's a steep learning curve. But honestly the skills we are learning, no RN has done unless they were an RT or an EMT before they were nurses. I don't care how many years in the ICU someone's worked, it's not in the scope of practice to intubate or put in an A-line, central line, Swan, balloon pump, etc. So we're all sort of on leveled ground at this point. Sure, there are people who are insanely good at putting in IV's while I suck...but at the end of the day we're both going to be CRNAs. And I'll get better with practice.

    3. I actually was hired right into the ICU from nursing school. It was an insanely steep learning curve, but that is why I think I'll be OK with just a year of ICU exp. I'm used to busting my ass. Cardiac Recovery ICU is great because you get very familiar with a lot of vasoactive gtts, but anywhere that does trauma would be good. I did neuro ICU and it gave me a lot of great experience with cranial nerves, fluid resuscitation, and hypertonic infusions/diuretics. Honestly all of them would be good and would get you in, we even have a guy from the pediatric ICU.

    4. Honestly most of my information came from the internet. I read one book about becoming a CRNA (Sleep With this Book) but it was everything I found online in a book format. Got to the AANA website and read everything. Note this though, some CRNA's are very territorial about their job and will deliberately try to discourage you from entering the profession. Actually other nurses will do the same thing. Don't listen to them if this is really what you want to do.

    5. First, the grades have to be there. That's the easiest way to assure admission. If that's not there, then flesh it out with good clinical experience. But go a little farther. They love to hear about extra curricular stuff like councils and committees that you're on. I did a research project and they loved it. Yes, shadowing is a MUST for many schools. It's a MUST to make sure you actually like this job. A lot of people convince themselves that they can learn to love anything if it makes them $150K a year, but trust me...if you don't at least like this line of work you won't get through school. Applicants should be able to present themselves well, talk intelligently about their clinical experiences, and project confidence. Most of us in school are Type A control freaks, so the school knows that and actually welcomes that.

    Ask away!
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  8. Visit  CVICU14} profile page
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    Are you at Wolford? I've seen many reviews? Are they true?
    Here are my stats:
    GPA 3.0, GRE 900(taking again in March), Shadowed twice, one year of neuro ICU at the time of applying, nurse in other areas for 3years Taking grad level health assessment, and patho now. Took chemistry last semester and got a C. oops, Will take CCRN in April, Attending a Simulation Workshop in March(intubation, anesthesia machine, etc).
    What are my chances? Any suggestions?
    Also, did you apply to more than one school?
    Did you save a load of money or take loans?
    Sorry so many questions. lol
  9. Visit  MeTheRN} profile page
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    Quote from goody07106
    Are you at Wolford? I've seen many reviews? Are they true?
    Here are my stats:
    GPA 3.0, GRE 900(taking again in March), Shadowed twice, one year of neuro ICU at the time of applying, nurse in other areas for 3years Taking grad level health assessment, and patho now. Took chemistry last semester and got a C. oops, Will take CCRN in April, Attending a Simulation Workshop in March(intubation, anesthesia machine, etc).
    What are my chances? Any suggestions?
    Also, did you apply to more than one school?
    Did you save a load of money or take loans?
    Sorry so many questions. lol
    Yes I'm at Wolford. I also read the reviews and have not been able to substantiate them. I just finished my first semester though, so I'm still looking out for the stuff I read about on here. So far so good though, and the upper classmen I talk with also say it's "so far so good" so I'm not anxious about it.

    I think your stats are great! You definitely show an initiative with the simulations and the graduate level courses. You would be a great candidate to apply to the school, I would just go ahead and do it already even with the low(ish) GRE score. Definitely put in your "purpose" paper about how you plan on taking the CCRN and are taking graduate level courses and etc.

    I applied to 9 schools all over the South East (mainly in FL where I grew up). I got into all of them, so it's definitely doable.

    I saved a few thousand dollars before school and took out the max amount of student loans. Working during this program would not be intelligent to do. I don't mind the loans though, I have a 7-year repayment plan to pay it back so I'm not having chest palpitations about having that much debt.
  10. Visit  CVICU14} profile page
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    Thanks. I will go ahead and apply. Are you able to live in the Orlando area? How long from the time you apply do you hear something back?
  11. Visit  jenwil52} profile page
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    Thanks for taking sometime between semesters to openly answer questions. Can you elaborate in more detail on your financial aid? I know there are a lot of forums about options, just looking for the most up to date information on this.

    Also I know many people ask is it really hard/time consuming as people say. Well that isn't my question, because I am preparing myself for it. But I just am curious what your typical day/week is like. I plan not to have a life, but I am more afraid about burnout and wondering it you have found ways to work other things in to prevent this as you get further into the program.
  12. Visit  plantbasednurse} profile page
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    Do you mind posting a follow up after you return from the Simulation Workshop? I am planning on attending in October. There's one held at Duke.


    It would be greatly appreciated!

    Thank you
  13. Visit  MeTheRN} profile page
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    Quote from goody07106
    Thanks. I will go ahead and apply. Are you able to live in the Orlando area? How long from the time you apply do you hear something back?
    Technically you could still live in Orlando, but I relocated to Naples. You only to class 2-3 days a week, but when the group projects start up or you need someone to show you how to do a problem in chemistry and physics, you won't be happy. Even people who live in Ft. Myers are annoyed that they have to commute for study sessions and etc.

    It took the school a few days to reply that they got my admissions package. I think they e-mailed me too. Over all it took about 2 weeks to get the interview!
  14. Visit  plantbasednurse} profile page
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    Thank you for starting this thread!

    How do you feel you made your admission letter and resume stand out?
    How early did you submit your admission packets?

    Thanks in advance


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