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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... Read More

  1. Visit  DGabe24 profile page
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    Starting an accelerated BSN program this Fall, and this thread really confirms my current beliefs that I will pursue becomming a CRNA down the road. I've considered PharmD, or research in genetics/proteomics but I would miss the human/patient interaction far too much. Much like you, my passion for science and medicine is what ultimately leads me to want to venture a bit deeper into the profession. I'm guessing CRNA will be more than sufficient patient interaction like you mentioned, and also provide that "science-fix" that I need.

    Great stuff, and thanks for your time and willingness to share.
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  3. Visit  MeTheRN profile page
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    Quote from DGabe24
    Starting an accelerated BSN program this Fall, and this thread really confirms my current beliefs that I will pursue becomming a CRNA down the road. I've considered PharmD, or research in genetics/proteomics but I would miss the human/patient interaction far too much. Much like you, my passion for science and medicine is what ultimately leads me to want to venture a bit deeper into the profession. I'm guessing CRNA will be more than sufficient patient interaction like you mentioned, and also provide that "science-fix" that I need.

    Great stuff, and thanks for your time and willingness to share.
    I'd definitely shadow a CRNA just to make sure you absolutely like it, but I think you will. It combines the best of nursing and medicine into one profession. Although we're not pharmD's, we do get to decide which meds to use for different scenarios during surgery. No physicians orders, no calling pharmacy to send up your antibiotics...we mix it and give it. It's fantastically different from being a nurse on the floor begging the docs for some pain meds and calling pharmacy to expedite the order!
    Last edit by MeTheRN on Jul 8, '12 : Reason: typo
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  4. Visit  piratenurse0226 profile page
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    @MeTheRN, great thread! I found the thread in its entirety to be extremely useful! I am currently employed at Duke Uni on the Cardio-Thoracic Surgical ICU (I know it's a mouthful), and I'm approaching 6 months. I was an LPN in the US Army for about 5 years an was deployed with a Combat Support Hospital (CSH) and that's where I knew I wanted to be a CRNA. I met so many intriguing individuals who were CRNAs and let me pick their brains on numerous occasions.

    I graduated in Dec 2011 with a 3.7 GPA /3.8 Nursing, and was the class representative for my class and also the representative for our college of nursing for the university (nerd..? Maybe, but I believe extra curricular activity is never frowned upon).

    I took the job at Duke with a 2 yr commitment because I felt two years on the CTICU and the experience with vasoactive gtts, intubated pts, sedated pts (TOF), and the acuity of the population would prepare me for school. I will be taking the CCRN as soon as possible and had a question or two to ask.

    How did you/ how long did you study for GRE? I just started and have a projected dye but wanted to make sure? Also what would you recommend to study from? Also I felt I could use a re-fresher in chemistry. What type of chemistry would you feel is suitable? I felt this would also show the schools I apply to dedication to knowing the material. I Aced all my A&P classes/labs and micro.

    Thank you again do much for taking the time to help so many of us with our questions and congrats on your current success in your classes! Hope to hear back soon.

    Dez
  5. Visit  WickedRN8 profile page
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    Can u tell me how was physics and chemistry? Are the test in crna school multiple choice or free response?
  6. Visit  missnurse01 profile page
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    Quote from piratenurse0226
    @MeTheRN, great thread! I found the thread in its entirety to be extremely useful! I am currently employed at Duke Uni on the Cardio-Thoracic Surgical ICU (I know it's a mouthful), and I'm approaching 6 months. I was an LPN in the US Army for about 5 years an was deployed with a Combat Support Hospital (CSH) and that's where I knew I wanted to be a CRNA. I met so many intriguing individuals who were CRNAs and let me pick their brains on numerous occasions.

    I graduated in Dec 2011 with a 3.7 GPA /3.8 Nursing, and was the class representative for my class and also the representative for our college of nursing for the university (nerd..? Maybe, but I believe extra curricular activity is never frowned upon).

    I took the job at Duke with a 2 yr commitment because I felt two years on the CTICU and the experience with vasoactive gtts, intubated pts, sedated pts (TOF), and the acuity of the population would prepare me for school. I will be taking the CCRN as soon as possible and had a question or two to ask.

    How did you/ how long did you study for GRE? I just started and have a projected dye but wanted to make sure? Also what would you recommend to study from? Also I felt I could use a re-fresher in chemistry. What type of chemistry would you feel is suitable? I felt this would also show the schools I apply to dedication to knowing the material. I Aced all my A&P classes/labs and micro.

    Thank you again do much for taking the time to help so many of us with our questions and congrats on your current success in your classes! Hope to hear back soon.

    Dez
    altho I am not in school it seems the consensus for additional chem is biochem or organic chem. I have know diff people to study for diff lengths for GRE! Studying for it myself right now!

    good luck
  7. Visit  MeTheRN profile page
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    Quote from piratenurse0226
    @MeTheRN, great thread! I found the thread in its entirety to be extremely useful! I am currently employed at Duke Uni on the Cardio-Thoracic Surgical ICU (I know it's a mouthful), and I'm approaching 6 months. I was an LPN in the US Army for about 5 years an was deployed with a Combat Support Hospital (CSH) and that's where I knew I wanted to be a CRNA. I met so many intriguing individuals who were CRNAs and let me pick their brains on numerous occasions.

    I graduated in Dec 2011 with a 3.7 GPA /3.8 Nursing, and was the class representative for my class and also the representative for our college of nursing for the university (nerd..? Maybe, but I believe extra curricular activity is never frowned upon).

    I took the job at Duke with a 2 yr commitment because I felt two years on the CTICU and the experience with vasoactive gtts, intubated pts, sedated pts (TOF), and the acuity of the population would prepare me for school. I will be taking the CCRN as soon as possible and had a question or two to ask.

    How did you/ how long did you study for GRE? I just started and have a projected dye but wanted to make sure? Also what would you recommend to study from? Also I felt I could use a re-fresher in chemistry. What type of chemistry would you feel is suitable? I felt this would also show the schools I apply to dedication to knowing the material. I Aced all my A&P classes/labs and micro.

    Thank you again do much for taking the time to help so many of us with our questions and congrats on your current success in your classes! Hope to hear back soon.

    Dez
    Yay for a much needed reprieve from class this week! Time to catch up on this thread...

    Great academic/nursing pedigree (I used the term positively!), to answer your specific questions:

    I studied for the GRE's for about 4-6 weeks. I despise studying for standardized tests, so I knew I had to hit it fast and furious and then take the test quickly. I loved the Princeton Review because it focused less on content and more on how to figuring out the correct answer. That's definitely what I needed some help with. We've all gone to college, we've all passed 8th grade math...mostly we just need something to clear out the cobwebs. Princeton did a great job doing that for me! The Barron's book of vocabulary for the GRE is great if you learn all of the words in the Princeton Review book. If you're looking to get into chemistry, I definitely recommend something like biochemistry or organic chemistry. There is a lot of biochemistry in pharmacology when talking about drugs that are lipophilic versus hydrophobic and what-not, so it's really helpful to be able to look at a chemical structure and be able to deduce some of its properties. I heard the boards are going to have some more chemical structures thrown in there too, so it doesn't hurt to be better prepared. I wouldn't recommend taking the class unless you can seriously devote the time to it though. CRNA schools are not going to be impressed that you just enrolled in organic chemistry, put in the work and get a decent grade. Most schools need your science classes to be no older than 5 years, so only take them when you plan on applying within the next 5 years. I'm glad the thread is helpful!
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    Quote from WickedRN8
    Can u tell me how was physics and chemistry? Are the test in crna school multiple choice or free response?
    The tests in my class were all multiple choice. Thankfully we had "workbooks" that closely resembled the types of questions that would be asked on the exam, so we had a lot of practice by the time rolled around. Much to my dismay, there were lots of words and definitions thrown into the tests too! I'm cool with straight up math or words, but for some reason when those are mixed, I have a stroke. So it was frustrating having to answer questions with dimensional analyses and then having to correctly verbalize adiabatic cooling and the Venturi principle...fun times
  9. Visit  Roush57 profile page
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    I just accepted the offer letter to start February 2013! They actually were curious if I'd want to start this October but because I've planned too many things this Fall I had to wait till February. I live in St. Petersburg and will be commuting from the Tampa/St. Petersburg area. Anyone else going to be making this trip? If so e-mail me at roush57@marshall.edu and hopefully we can attempt to car pool. Also, to MeTheRN what have your teachers/school admin people been saying about this lawsuit that is all over the web? I was very impressed during the orientation before the interview but this does seem a little concerning?
    Thanks,
    Roush57
  10. Visit  MeTheRN profile page
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    Congratulations! I remember how exciting it was to get that letter. I was in your exact same position last year. I applied for February 2012 but they asked if I'd be interested in starting October 2011. Since I was single and living on my own, I decided to start earlier and finish up a few months earlier. It was enough time to give my unit 6-7 weeks notice, so I felt good about my decision all around. I'm glad I did because I made some awesome friends in this class, no doubt you will too. There are two people in my class that make a similar commute. Mostly classes are 2-3 days a week and you can do all the observation days up in your area, so you shouldn't have too much of a problem. Just make a friend so you can crash there the night before classes.

    Regarding the lawsuit, obviously the school can't discuss too much with us. Faculty are pretty upset that former students would file a lawsuit against the school. You can see it in their faces, it feels like a betrayal. They have asked us all to be very upfront and forthcoming with any shady information, such as falsifying cases and things of that matter. They alleviated our worries by assuring us that the school cannot be shut down in any way, shape, or form. Mostly Collier Anesthesia would be implicated by the lawsuit if it is ruled in favor of the students. They'd either have to hire more anesthesia personnel or compensate the clinical students. I like to see the silver lining in things though, hopefully this will improve the clinical aspect of Wolford by bringing some unpleasant things to light. Most of Wolford's criticism has to do with the clinical area, not the didactic. So this is a good opportunity for the school to expose and fix any flaws and make it better for everyone all around.

    Welcome aboard
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    Please see comment below
    Last edit by MeTheRN on Aug 10, '12 : Reason: Forgot to quote
  12. Visit  MeTheRN profile page
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    Quote from blonde_dude
    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!!
    i'm sorry, not sure how i missed your question. hopefully you still read this thread and you will see my answer. as long as you are knowledgable and have experience with ventilated patients and vasoactive gtts, you should be good. some of the schools i applied to asked a lot of pathophysiology questions, and thankfully nursing school was only a year ago so i could answer them intelligently. mostly they ask about things you should know, like your area of expertise. i got lots of neuro questions because i work on a neuro floor. most of our students came from level-1 trauma centers, but we have a lot that came from community hospitals too.
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    Quote from IceGuy
    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?
    Technically a private student loan can reset its interest rate for a variety of reasons (e.g., market conditions, your payment history, etc). Federal student loans are guaranteed at a set interest rate, can be differed while you're in school, and used to be subsidized (but that went away this year ). If you feel comfortable getting your loans through a trusted facility, you can. I just felt better getting a Stafford and Graduate plus loan from the government.
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    Quote from 17innswood
    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?
    You need to know your A&P very well. Definitely brush up on some organic chemistry, know the difference between an ester and an amide. I would review cellular biology (depolarization, repolarization, etc). You'll need some stats for the research class too. I mostly just brushed up as I learned and studied for class.
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