SRNA's: Study Schedules, Sleep, Sanity? - page 3

Current and past SRNA's: I'm starting my education this fall, and would like to hear from SRNA's on how they are managing their time and what works for them to keep their balance and sanity... Read More

  1. by   versatile_kat
    Thanks a lot for those words of inspiration Athlein1 ... they were great.
  2. by   athomas91
    Althein...LOL
    i am in the same boat w/ you on the commute...that is a killer....i am just finishing my first semester - and wouldn't you know it - this last test has enough info on it to burn in the fireplace and heat my house all winter.....are there any studies on how many SRNA's develop ulcers??

    to all those beginning - Althein gave wonderful advice - almost all of which i followed prior to starting...you will still ask yourself "why did i do this to myself" at least on a wkly basis.....
  3. by   J.L.Seagal
    During holiday breaks, and breaks between semesters, would you recommend working some extra shifts in a hospital...especially if you're wanting to establish state residency status?
  4. by   alansmith52
    I don 't work on the breaks, some do.
    heres my reasons.
    1. how much am i gonna make 1k or maybe 2k. that is nothing in the vast chasm of debt. if your hanging by a K or two. re-visit your financial plan.
    2. Is the further torcher on my body and brain worth my academic performance? no need to answer that one.

    anyway bla bla bla. I agree also with Athelin thats a great list. lots of people will give advise but that list is pretty comprehensive and thoghs techniques are proven.
  5. by   Sheri257
    Quote from NCgirl
    Yeah, 92 for A, 83 for B, must maintain 3.0 GPA. Make more than two C's (even if your GPA is 3.5), and you're out. NA school is not very forgiving.

    Does anyone know if medical schools also kick you out if this happens? Just curious about how the standards compare.

    I remember Nilepoc mentioning in his blog that CRNA students were graded tougher in some courses that also included medical students, so I was wondering if that was the case overall, or not.

    :spin:
    Last edit by Sheri257 on Apr 28, '04
  6. by   Athlein1
    I thought of a couple more things:
    1. lecture taping - if you have a long commute, or if you are a learn-by-listening student, consider investing in a quality voice recorder. I did this for a very visual class (anatomy and physiology) and really watched the instructor during the class, then re-listened and took notes on the material in the evenings. I did really well and put less effort overall into the class than my peers.
    2. audio digest - again, if you are a commuter or a learn-by-listening student, consider getting the audio digest. Great way to get information about topics, usually by experts in that area, through listening. It also reinforces what you are learning in class.
    3. www.theanswerpage.com. It has a daily Q&A format on an anesthesia-related topic. Good for making you think back to what you have learned and gauging your retention.
    4. ASA refresher course lectures. Offered annually at the ASA meeting, these are concise reviews with references spanning most of the topics of interest in anesthesiology. It comes with CD and book. Very good for a quick but thorough nitty-gritty on specific topics.

    I'm realizing that it is very easy to develop a serious case of tunnel vision during your didactic coursework. What I mean is that you study specific material for a certain test, then you move on. Yet, the knowledge you attain during school needs to be cumulative knowledge. Frequent review of past topics (like using audio digest, theanswerpage, etc) is probably as important as mastering current material. Saving a few hours of study each week to review what you have learned seems like a really good idea. I'm going to give it a try this semester...
  7. by   Sherpa RN
    Athlein1,

    Thank-you so much for the great gouge of info! I'm a little in the dark about audio digest though. Could you expand on that? What is it, software, website, ect? How it works? Your experience with it during the semester? Looking forward to your post.
  8. by   Athlein1
    Sherpa,
    The Audio Digest is a series of cassette tapes or CDs produced by specialty for continuing medical education hours. They cover the usual specific topics in anesthesia (anesthesia delivery, A&P, pharm, etc).
    Here is the link: www.audio-digest.org Look for the link to anesthesia
    Students receive a significant discount on subscription. It's about $100 for the year, for which you receive (I think) 24 topics. You can also pick and choose, ordering the topics that interest you. Either way, it is a great learning tool.
    Check with your school, too. My program purchased them and lets us check topics out as we wish.
  9. by   Sherpa RN
    Athlein1,

    Thank-you so much for the link! Best of luck on your remaining finals!
  10. by   chansonsrna
    I know this is an older post, but someone asked about study requirements in school. Started last week and now seem to understand that whole "staggering amount of information to assimilate concept." Well, back to the books.
  11. by   darienblythe79
    Athlein
    You mentioned earlier in this post about being PDA-less. Are you still PDA-less, and if you are do you wish you had obtained one. I currently use the old-fashioned paper calendar, but I have seen many good uses on this site as reason to purchase one. I am concerned though that I would not use it very much. Thoughts?
  12. by   gettingthere
    Quote from nilepoc
    I would say that no that is not the case, most of the people in my class had to take classes to get into the program and were used to studying. Additionally, a full time graduate student in most non anesthesia programs like you mention carries a load of 9 credit hours for full time status. During the fist three semesters I carried these amounts. Fall 15, Spring 17, Summer 10.



    in a word "No". Does your husband fail out if he gets a grade less than an 83? We were required to take pathophysiology from the med school where I attend. While the med students took the same exams we did, they did not have to perform as well. They were allowed to pass, if they were within two standard deviations of the mean. We were only allowed to pass if we scored greater than 83% on a non curved scale. This was a 5 credit hour class, with three exams. During the same semester, I was enrolled in 12 additional credit hours, with similar requirements.

    Currently, I get up at 0430 and drive 40 minutes to my clinical site. I spend the day performing anesthesia on one to twelve patients during the day. I arrive home from this around 1900 and still have to prepare for the next days cases. If I am lucky, i get some studying in. On the weekends I study for my classes. There is no free time. Half of our grades are subjective, and an instructor or clinical faculty can fail us out at anytime for almost any reason. There is a great deal of stress related to this one aspect of our education.
    Goodness this is a busy schedule, and there isn't any reference of anything outside of school and sustaining life. Does this mean that I won't be able to do the CRNA program since I have two small children? Is this a normal students schedule?
  13. by   apaisRN
    I'm in the third week and don't feel overwhelmed yet . . . the tests and assignments on the syllabus are intimidating, but we haven't been fed enough real information yet to drown in it. I'm trying to take naps, exercise a lot, etc while I have the time, because I know it will hit me hard soon enough.

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