Just finished my first semester. Ask me anything. - page 8

by MeTheRN | 90,783 Views | 248 Comments

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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    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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    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.
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    Oh I figured you knew, just mentioning it for her sake.
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    Methern...did anyone in your class commute from the orlando area down for didactics?
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    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.
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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.
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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.
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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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    Quote from MeTheRN
    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.
    Thanks so much. How is the real estate market there?i heard it is a good time to buy? He already has submitted his clinical site preference, if i couldn't find a job in NCH, would the school still consider his request to transfer his clinical site to Tampa? As we have 2 small kids, I would rather stay put in one place.
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    Quote from MeTheRN
    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.
    Can you pm me your leasing agent? As well as your condo/apt? We'll be there this June and we are going to find a place. If buying is option on this markey, we'll consider that, tgen rent it out to the next batch of Wolford students. I really appreciate your advices. You are a good help.


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