Experienced CRNA...ask me anything - page 9

Okay...If you've read my posts you know that I will be retiring soon. Now is your chance to ask a practicing CRNA anything. 12 years of experience from solo rural independent to... Read More

  1. by   NecrotizingFasciitis
    Quote from maceykh
    Has anyone been accepted to CRNA school after working in a NICU?
  2. by   m1lkofamnesia
    Not myself personally, but I know of 2 people. Most programs DO NOT accept NICU. Your clinicals will be ~95% adults. Right now, only 40 peds (10 of which must be under 2 years old) cases are required to graduate. If CRNA is your ultimate goal, I'd try to get at least 1 year of adult ICU experience to make yourself competitive.
  3. by   nealmink
    A bunch of the schools cost a lot of money. Did you do anything to supliment your income? Or did you save prior to school? Or did you take out loans?
  4. by   m1lkofamnesia
    Unless you're working for quite a while before school, have a rich spouse, or have rich parents that pay for it, there's no way you can make it without loans. I worked just over 2 years as an RN and saved about $28k before school started. I take out loans every semester. There's also GradPLUS loans if you need more loan money to cover expenses.
  5. by   ICUCCRNPA
    Best and Worst experience as a SRNA & CRNA?
  6. by   Ichbinstark
    Do you or have you ever known anyone to get their CRNA after having disciple on their RN license? Specifically a reprimand. No encumberment, no agreement, just a letter of reprimand.
  7. by   offlabel
    Quote from Ichbinstark
    Do you or have you ever known anyone to get their CRNA after having disciple on their RN license? Specifically a reprimand. No encumberment, no agreement, just a letter of reprimand.
    I don't, but then how would I know? Is it attached to the license? Public knowledge? I'd explain it to the admissions committee so they wouldn't find it on their own (they probably would not, but still) and if I was a good enough candidate and it was a good enough explanation and the "offense" were not egregious enough, I know I'd get in somewhere. Then it is a moot point IMO, once I pass my cert exam.
  8. by   BosLeyDog1
    In my 25 room OR, CRNA's do the cases. They are the front line of patient care, from general anesthetics, spinal and MAC. Without exception, they are completely tied to their phones. I remember 2 occasions that I have told the CRNA that the heart rate was up. They don't just look at the phone, they make and recieve calls, too. One guy's ringtone is a siren. Another one made a "rolling" motion (like "keep going")and turned his back to us while he was on his phone and I was starting the timeout! When I got his attention and told him to hang up, he said to the person on the phone, (I'm hoping it was his wife) "OK, I have to go, love you, sweetie ". I have brought these things to the attention of the chief CRNA but she doesn't think there's anything wrong with it, "as long as it doesn't compromise patient care". She did say she would speak to the guy that was on the phone with his wife, but I never got any feedback from either one of them. I am sorely tempted to call Anderson Cooper and have him do an expose on 60 minutes. I think the public would be angry and appalled at this behavior in the OR. Be honest, do you think this is wrong, or do you agree that it's OK as long as patient care isn't affected?
  9. by   offlabel
    If it wasn't a phone, it would be a magazine, soduko, or crossword puzzle. I hear these complaints every so often and the reality is far less egregious than the complaint. As far as circulators pointing out vital signs to the anesthetist, you've blown any credibility at all right there. Whatever you think you're seeing is either being tolerated by the CRNA, is/has been treated or is transient and the anesthetist knows and isn't going to do anything about it.

    When the surgeons start complaining about it, then there is a problem. Until then, tend your own fires.
  10. by   BosLeyDog1
    I guess you told me
  11. by   jitomim
    While I think it is unprofessionnal (and potentially unsafe) of any member of the team (surgery or anesthesia) to ignore the timeout and any case related communication, most anesthesia trained people are aware of HR and whatnot modifications even if it doesn't look like it. The annoying thing is when the person doesn't set their alarms accordingly and it beeps all the darn time; but in general, if the machine ain't beeping, there is probably nothing dangerous going on.
  12. by   goodgrief
    are you the anesthesia chuck norris?
  13. by   06crna
    Following up on this thread. It has been one year. I am:

    1. Still working
    2. Still trying to retire
    3. Still willing to answer any question

    Carry on.