VCU CRNA 2013 - page 7

I just wanted to thank everyone who posted on this website from prior years! All of the advice really helped me prepare for my interview at VCU! I start August 2013. If anyone has questions about interviewing I'd love to help :)... Read More

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    Hi! Sorry for the delay. I applied sept, interviewed October. Hope that helps!

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    hello all! Wow it's, um, August. Where did the time go?

    wondering if everyone is local now!!!

    Wondering if anyone is listening/watching to last years lectures via blackboard for phys and pharm? Also printed out some lecture stuff for the first round of them...

    anyone getting more itchy? Everyone have their funds? Anyone other than me still working!?

    Thought I would check in. Posted on the other board too, but not sure who gets it there...

    15 days left...woah, that is close now! I never thought it was going to get here!!!

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    thank you everyone for the helpful info!
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    Hello All,
    First of all congratulations to all of you who got in at VCU. It is an achievement iteself. I am also planning to apply and half way towards it. Can you all please share what kind of certification you all got, how much you scored in GRE and what they were expecting, your expereince through the application process, how long you had to wait before you heard from VCU for the interview. Thank you in advance.
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    responding from study hell!
    really like you have never experienced!
    I think most in my class have CCRN. To get an interview you only have to have minimum GRE's - 150/150. What happens is they have a point system that tries to make the decisions less subjective. Things like teaching, being active on committees, PALS etc all earn pts, as well as years of critical care experience.
    Application process was smooth, they were cordial, didn't treat you like a number.
    They interview in Sept October mostly, so just get your stuff in before then. I heard back pretty fast after all my stuff was in for an interview date, although I turned my stuff in in Sept, so I was close to the cut off.

    Good luck!

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    Hey all! I'm happy to say that I was just accepted to start fall 2014 . I'm so excited! My husband and I were not too craxy about Richmond though when we visited, what's it really like to live there? Where do y'all live? Is there stuff to do? Nature-y stuff nearby?

    Also, how's the school itself? Do you like it? I guess that should have been my first question. Lol.

    Thanks in advance for your help!
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    hey mpg congrats!!

    Most people will say that if you are going to live in RVA to live in the fan area. If you sign up for the safety text alerts you will get an idea now of where most of the crime is. Many students hear gunshots out there windows, or there is crazy police stuff going on downtown. Part of an inner city school I guess. Some people live out on the West End, which is nicer, about 20-30 minute commute. We live in Chesterfield, so south of the city. Takes me about 25 min to get in, and I do not have to get on any tolls. That is something else to think about when deciding where to live. I pay as much in rent for an older house as they do close to the school. So just look around. There is lots to do, look around the RVA website. You will not have time for any of it when school starts though. We moved when our lease was up at the end of May, and I did a travel nurse contract in between the time which was awesome. We got to go the beach, Williamsburg, etc.

    I am pretty granola but haven't been able to branch out much for nature-y stuff. We live near a big state park that is nice, and I know some people went hiking and canoeing before school started. No idea what you like. No idea where you are moving from to compare! I spent the last 4 years in the Seattle area, and there is way less stuff here than there it seems, organized anyway.

    You should have asked all those questions about school before you applied! Lol. I found previous students at all the school I was looking at to talk to before I applied, I wanted to know what I was getting myself into.

    I have no idea to tell you how it's going. The faculty is very supportive. At this point in the madness of studying none of us like it. Sometimes we think we made a mistake. The people about to graduate say they would never do it again, but I have heard that from many people from many diff schools as it is just so time consuming. There is really not enough time to adequately study for a test. The volume of knowledge is too much. We are surviving though. You know the studying is too much when we get ***** about having to go to our OR observation days. We get to do nearly anything they ask us, but really, it's cutting into study time and I'd rather not be there lol. We all say it. I think it is a wonderful program, yes things are always being tweaked to try to optimize it for us. but it's like that everywhere. I am very happy with my decision, esp as I hear what students in other programs are going through.

    Good luck and congrats!
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    Do you see your children missnurse? I keep hearing that I will not see them for the next three years- which makes me pretty sad. Do you have time for family dinner or a few hours on the weekend? I am okay with the time commitment, I just want to be fully prepared for what I am getting myself into. Oh, I will starting at VCU in the fall of next year. Woo hoo! Who did you contract through? That sounds like a great idea. What about paying for school? Does everyone just take out loans and grad plus loans? Is there any leeway on the in state/out of state tuition? I have 1,000,000 questions and I know you are busy- I appreciate your help!
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    hey coffee congrats! always feel free to email here or send me a message. Might take a while to get to you but I will! lol
    Really from here to when you start and after, feel free.
    Seeing the children, yes I see them every night at dinner time, for 30-60 minutes. My husband cooks the dinner while I study.
    I kiss them goodnight.
    I see them playing outside the window while I study. I see them for brief 5 minutes snatches here and there. My husband was picking me up for school before which was nice b/c we had a half hour drive that I could ask about their day and talk to them. But now I carpool. For me, it would have been heartbreaking if they were super little. My youngest is 9, so they aren't crying at my door b/c I can't read to them every night before bed like some of my other classmates are going through. Since my husband is a stay at home dad, and we homeschool, I also do not have to get the household up and to daycare or elsewhere before school. That's a load off compared to what I hear from other parents.
    How much time you have for them is going to depend on your ability to limit sleep, or tolerate lower grades. You are never finished studying, you have never even gone through things enough to say that you are now 'reviewing'. You never feel ready for a test. The volume of info is overwhelming.

    Your time commitment will be what you make it. I am living like a single person, at home with mom and dad to take care of me. Except it's my husband that is doing everything. I am very grateful for him! He is doing all the household chores. So if you will be required to do anything other than study, your time will be even more decreased.

    No I have no time on the weekend. We do group study for about 8-10 hours, and I study before and after that.

    I always traveled with Cirrus Medical staffing. Traveled before with them for 3 years and never had a problem.
    Some people saved a little money. Most took out the most you can for federal loans and private loans. There is a max sadly. It is a huge chunk of money. It leaves about 2500 bucks a month. Work like heck and now and pay off everything you can. We had no credit cards and only one car, paid off. Unless you come and work in this state, and prove residency in that way, you will not be able to apply the next year. But you have to prove that you are going to stay in this state after grad. Look on VCU website, financial aid has the paperwork there that you can look at for their requirements to prove residency. If you could move here before the end of the year and start working, then you could have in state tuition next year. Many of us have looked at the military, but you really have to do it for great reasons. I wanted to do it but am unable d/t medical reasons. I was going to do reserves.

    feel free to ask, or message me.

    Last edit by Esme12 on Oct 23, '13 : Reason: TOS/names removed
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    Thank you so much- this is what I expected. My kids are very young so it will definitely be a challenge but my husband is amazing so at least I have him. What would you have done in the months before the program to prepare for the courses, if anything? I am finishing up a masters program now and I want to stay in "school mode" before the program starts. My O-chem is not very strong but I don't have time to take a whole course- what specifically would have been helpful for you to KNOW before school started? Thanks again- you have been a great resource for me in the last few months without even knowing it!

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