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Just finished my first semester. Ask me anything. - page 6

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  manusko profile page
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    Depends on your program. My program does:
    1st semester - 1 day observation per week (with 5 classes)
    2nd semester - every other day clinical, M-F (with 4 classes)
    3rd semester - every day, M-F (with 3 classes)
    4th semester - every day, M-F unless working weekend shift (with 2 classes)
    5th-7th semester - every day, M-F, weekends and travel assignments (with 1 more class during 6th semester)
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  2. Visit  luciddreeams profile page
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    Wow, that's quite a long program. I honestly thought it was only 4 semesters long.
  3. Visit  manusko profile page
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    Most programs are about 28 months and some are 36 months. Minimum cases to test for boards is 550, with various catergories to fullfill as well.
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  4. Visit  MeTheRN profile page
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    Thanks! I can't believe I'm done with the roughest semester of the program! And strangely enough, my grades were better than in the first semester in terms of points. Go figure, stress can make us do the craziest things when it comes down to it.

    Congratulations on making into the BSN program of your choice! Neuro ICU should give you experience if you work in a level 1 trauma center, because you should be dealing a lot with brain death and vasoactive gtts in that setting. If it's a smart hospital, they'll cross train you in surgical since most neuro pts will have some sort of surgical intervention if the injury is severe enough.

    The program is 28 months. 12 months of classes with a few clinical days and simulations and 16 months of full-time clinicals mon-friday. One more didactic semester, then onto clinicals!
  5. Visit  MeTheRN profile page
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    Quote from manusko
    Most programs are about 28 months and some are 36 months. Minimum cases to test for boards is 550, with various catergories to fullfill as well.
    Yeah you are required to do a certain amount of peds, neuro, OB, etc. I'd find a school that does more than 550 though, just to get the extra practice. Most do offer a considerable amount more than that.
  6. Visit  MeTheRN profile page
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    It's the best decision I've ever made. I always wanted to be a CRNA even before getting into nursing school, but I was open to other possible outcomes. I loved being an ICU nurse and I toyed around with the idea of becoming a PA or ARNP. I'm glad I chose this specialty because it's so interesting and requires a very specific skill set. It was a good fit for me, and I take it as a personal challenge to provide an optimal anesthetic to every patient.

    It IS very challenging, but it's also very doable. I didn't study as much this semester because I was taking 6 classes and could not dedicate the time to each one individually, but I did what I could. All in all, the grades came out awesome and I avoided a stress ulcer!

    My biggest advice to someone starting a BSN program is pay close attention to the anatomy and pathophysiology course. I got my BSN in 2010 and I can't tell you how glad I am that I still remember (or have an inkling about) most of the information about the autonomic nervous system and vasoactive medications. Some people just learned the material for the exams and purged it onto the scantrons, but for some reason it stuck more with me and I'm having a much easier time in school compared to my classmates that did nursing school many years ago. Try to do your practicum in an ICU and make connections with the nurse manager. Don't mention your interest in anesthesia because that can close a lot of doors. Give them an honest year's work and be the best nurse you can be, then go to CRNA school!
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  7. Visit  manusko profile page
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    Quote from MeTheRN
    Yeah you are required to do a certain amount of peds, neuro, OB, etc. I'd find a school that does more than 550 though, just to get the extra practice. Most do offer a considerable amount more than that.
    I agree. I was just letting the other poster know why it is longer than 4 semesters. I have about 500 cases and most catergories completed with a year to go. We average just under 1000 cases by graduation.
  8. Visit  MeTheRN profile page
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    Oh I figured you knew, just mentioning it for her sake.
  9. Visit  ufblondi profile page
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    Methern...did anyone in your class commute from the orlando area down for didactics?
  10. Visit  MeTheRN profile page
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    Quote from ufblondi
    Methern...did anyone in your class commute from the orlando area down for didactics?
    Actually yes. One person commutes weekly from Tampa and another student comes from Miami. It has worked out well for them.
  11. Visit  ethelbsnrn profile page
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    Quote from MeTheRN
    Actually yes. One person commutes weekly from Tampa and another student comes from Miami. It has worked out well for them.
    We are looking for a place to rent or buy. My husband is the one going to school and I will be the one working. Unfortunately there are no ICU/CCU positions available in NCH and Physicians Regional for me. I have to travel to Ft Myers Healthpark Medical Center. With this set-up, where do you recommend us to live? Is Estero too far from NCH downtown (one of the clinical sites)? I don't want him to drive too far during your clinicals.

    Thanks.
  12. Visit  MeTheRN profile page
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    A few things to consider...first of all you could get something that's closer to your work and have him commute for the first year. Classes are only twice a week and there's no clinical schedule during the first semester, so decide on what's best knowing that. You could easily live in Estero and get to school on time. Second, if he is stationed in Naples for his clinicals, he will need to be within 30min of the hospital when he is on call. That's only in the 4-5 semester, so cross that bridge when you get to it. If you're looking to rent, consider contacting a leasing agent. I have a few realtors in my family that were able to get on MLS and find me some cool places to choose from close to school.
  13. Visit  MeTheRN profile page
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    Regarding the job position, yeah I've heard Naples is pretty dry at the moment. If you're set on critical care, consider Lee Memorial. It's a level I and has clinics all over SWFL.


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