Quote from UABsleeperSRNA
Hey yeah i'm a second semester SRNA student and i would say the hardest think like they mentioned before is the sheer volume of information your getting! For Ex we had about 3 to 4 test every other week and on each test you may have 5 lectures with each 60 to 90 slides on each lecture.. especially during classes like gross anatomy where your test is covering every detail about the heart lungs abdomen.. and pelvis and that same week have a quiz in anesthesia principles.. and major exam in anesthesia Pharmacology.. that said their have been few topics that my previous studies and icu experience had not brushed the surface of so far.. However you will go so much more in-depth than you every went previously or ever new existed! at least for me anyway school is not easy! The material can be a little confusing just getting straight a receptor does one thing in the heart.. but something completely different in the muscles and then different in the viscera of the abdomen..
My first semester we took Gross anatomy, Anesthesia Pharmacology, pathophysiology, anesthesia principles, and Advanced EKG and i came out with All A's which is better than nursing school for me.. What has helped me succeed is i treat it like a job.. regardless what time we have class wether it's 8 or 130pm i get to school at 730 am everyday and stay until about 630 or seven studying something everyday.. even if the test is not for a couple of weeks b/c in the fast CRNA school a week can seem like only a day or 2.. Weekends i go to the library from about 1030 till six..(Catch up on a little sleep) and i don't look at anything after i get home.. that time is dedicated to my wife! Other advice is what ever study method worked for you in nursing school crna school is not the time to try something new.. unless of course it didn't work.. Also let your family and friends know the amount of time that your going to be spending studying to go ahead and prepare them for what's to come.. another is save money as much as possible until school starts you will be in debt anyway after school but regardless it helps to have something to fall back on if an emergency comes up!
If you haven't gotten into school yet and are applying i would say apply everywhere in your area that you would feel comfortable going to! i had a 3.8 overall GPA lots of honors.. and GRE around 1100 and i got rejected from the first two schools i applied to good luck any other questions just ask
Beautiful advice!! I really, REALLY appreciate it! It sounds like a really wild and exciting ride!
I do have to ask how you went/go about juggling all of that information in the very beginning: were you a natural or was there a slight learning curve for you -if so, how did you adjust yourself quickly enough not to get behind? When you mention how many tests you have/had on so many different subjects and the exorbitant amount of material you -and other posters- have mentioned, how do you go about effectively managing the digestion of so much information? Do you take baby steps and take one topic, master it (or as close to "mastering" as you can) and then move to the next topic or perhaps you study the meat of a subject (say, anatomy) hard for a couple hours and then when the proverbial buzzer goes off, you move to pharmacology in order to make sure you're not getting too hung up on one particular subject?
I just don't think drawing upon my own experiences juggling classes would do an anesthesia program justice considering NOTHING I've taken -or will take- will really and truly compare.
Also, if you had to go back and think about your experience with the first two schools you applied to, is there something you would've done differently to possibly create a different outcome or was it just not in the cards?
The advice about treating school like a job is nothing short of brilliant! I really appreciate that nugget of wisdom and am certainly taking it to heart!! I also want to give you kudos and tell you that it's incredibly inspiring to hear that you've risen to the challenge and are doing so successfully in CRNA school -better than nursing school, you said!! I think it's amazing what happens when you're immersed in that type of environment where everything is interesting and the dedication is right on point; great things happen then!
Thank you for taking the time to share part of your journey with us -I'm making mental notes (as well as some actual ones LOL!!!)!