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Just finished my first semester. Ask me anything. - page 5

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  MeTheRN profile page
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    Quote from luciddreeams
    Wow! It’s great to hear that we had the same GPA when applying to BSN program; it gives me more hope that I’ll not only get accepted but also sustain my GPA (and hopefully raise it.) Thanks for the advice, I’ll definitely be following what you said! Although I’m curious about the brain supplement; I’ve considered buying them before. Have you noticed any improvement since you started taking it? I notice I feel more mentally sharp when I remember to take my multivitamin. Also, would you have been able to take any of those classes you took in your first semester prior to entering the program- sort of as a pre requisite?
    I've definitely noticed some improvement in the sense of mental clarity, but it could all just be in my head. Even if it is a placebo effect, I'll take any advantage I can, even if it's psychologically created.

    No, I would not have been able to take any of these classes beforehand. Some other colleges will let you take a class or two before you start the actual program, but all are different. I've heard of people taking advanced health assessment and pathophysiology before getting into the program, just make sure your program accepts that. I'm not too mad about having to do them all now though because they're more geared and focused on anesthesia.
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  2. Visit  blonde_dude profile page
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    Thanks for taking your valuable time to reply to posts and provide information. I interviewed for an ICU job today in Idaho. Their floor does not do open hearts and brain surgeries, but does everything else. The open hearts and brain sx's go next door to the larger facility. Unfortunately, this other facility may not work out for me. Without a lack of open heart experience hurt chances of CRNA school? I will also consider NP school at some point. Thanks!
  3. Visit  manusko profile page
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    I would think you are fine as long as you are working with high aquity patients. My ICU was not the open hearts or post-surgical. We mostly had DKAs, renal failures, ODs, strokes, post-code non-responsive. Lots of vent experience and a lot of experience with drips should be good for most schools. You can also ask your particular choice of school.
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    Quote from manusko
    I would think you are fine as long as you are working with high aquity patients. My ICU was not the open hearts or post-surgical. We mostly had DKAs, renal failures, ODs, strokes, post-code non-responsive. Lots of vent experience and a lot of experience with drips should be good for most schools. You can also ask your particular choice of school.
    Thanks manusko.
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    It's been difficult finding a post addressing this very question: How good is a particular ICU? I know it's preferable to work in the nastiest, biggest, baddest ICU available, but I would rather not live in downtown Chicago, but put equal weight on living somewhere I really enjoy, close to outdoor activities without commuting an hour to go mountain biking and hunting. Anyway, ALL comments and thoughts welcome!!
  6. Visit  SlyFoxRN profile page
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    This cost of attendance can be (and should be) completely made up of federal student loans.

    So basically you do your FAFSA and it'll tell you that you're eligible for a Stafford and a Graduate Plus loan. You ask for the maximum amount on the Stafford (because it has the lowest APR) and then whatever you need extra from the grad plus. I maxed out both.
    Why federal loans? People keep telling me that, but the federal loans I found all have interest rates around 6-7% and 10-15 year repayment terms. I did a private student loan from a credit union and pay 5% with a 30 year repayment term. I will pay it off sooner, but it's nice to know I can drop down to a super low monthly payment if necessary. Is there some other reason to pick federal loans?
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  7. Visit  17innswood profile page
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    How much do you need to remember from your prerequisites from nursing school? I am starting CRNA school in about a month and am worried that I won't rmember enough from my previous chemistry and nursing courses (from 8 years ago). Do they expect you to just know things before starting school?
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  8. Visit  samiam856 profile page
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    I'm getting ready to start my BSN is August but I already have a goal se to become a CRNA so I want to make sure I do anything that will help me reach that goal. Can anyone give me any advice or tell me of their experiences? Feel free to private message me and anything would be appreciated. Thanks
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  9. Visit  ethelbsnrn profile page
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    There is also a Home Equity Loan from Penfed that has 1.99% interest rate, payable in 5 years.

    I will look at this first before the Stafford and GradPlus.
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    Thankfully and amazingly, I can now state "Just finished my second didactic semester of CRNA school, ask me anything!" This semester was pure hell, 18 credit hours of anesthesia is no joke. But it's over and one with! One more semester of didactics (only 4 classes next semester!) and I will finally be in clinicals full-time for 16 months, then I will graduate and become a CRNA!

    Any new questions? I wanted to bump this thread, not make a new one. If you have a question, please read over the old comments/answers to make sure it wasn't already asked and answered!
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    known in my adult life, but I'm SOOO excited! Now I'm a bit your clinicals arent included in that time frame then? It seems youre taking 4 semesters of classes plus the clinicals. This is news to me if thats the case! I'm hoping to get in to Columbia's program when I finish nursing school and get experience. Also was thinking about applying for the neurology ICU, but can't remember If that's an acceptable form of experience or not. Can't wait to hear back! This is my favorite thread!
    Last edit by luciddreeams on Jun 1, '12 : Reason: Typo
  12. Visit  luciddreeams profile page
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    No new questions, just wanted to say congrats on finishing the second semester!! Im so happy for you! I ended up getting accepted to the BSN program of my choice! Im now all set to move away from my home town for the First Time and leave the only apartmet ive ever known in my adult life, but I'm SOOO excited! Howprogram was only 2 years long, so does that mean your clinicals arent included in that time frame? I'm hoping to get in to Columbia's program when I finish nursing school and get experience. Also was thinking about applying for the neurology ICU, but can't remember If that's an acceptable form of experience or not. Can't wait to hear back! This is my favorite thread!
  13. Visit  samiam856 profile page
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    Quote from MeTheRN
    Thankfully and amazingly, I can now state "Just finished my second didactic semester of CRNA school, ask me anything!" This semester was pure hell, 18 credit hours of anesthesia is no joke. But it's over and one with! One more semester of didactics (only 4 classes next semester!) and I will finally be in clinicals full-time for 16 months, then I will graduate and become a CRNA!

    Any new questions? I wanted to bump this thread, not make a new one. If you have a question, please read over the old comments/answers to make sure it wasn't already asked and answered!
    Do you love it? I asked these questions before but got no response. I'm getting ready to start my BSN but my goal I to become a CRNA. Any advice on what I could/should do now. I'm sure it's very challenging but you make it seem doable. Congrats on you second semester and thanks for any advice!
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