Required writing assignments

  1. On average how many writing assignments were required during the CRNA program, what was the length of the papers, and what type papers were required (ie..research, essay).
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  3. by   Qwiigley
    Lots and lots of papers. Not for the CRNA protion of your degree, but for the "Master's" portion. In our program, they are a pain in the butt. Each semester 30-45 pg papers, preparing for our thesis. (proposal, etc). A lot of research. Then there are the care plans. Not so hard in our program. Those run about 7-10 pages.
  4. by   MICU RN
    Always wondered, why so much writing? When to become a medical doctor you hardly write any papers in medical school and to become an anesthesiologist you don't write many papers during residency. I have talked to some of my NP friends who stated they wasted way too much time writing instead of clinical hands on experience during their graduate studies. However, I have spoke to some SRNA'S who are also NP's who said that the anesthesia programs have much more clinical hours and less writing than their NP programs. I can understand, a couple of research projects and care plans, but some of the classes I will have to take seem ridiculous, such as nursing fundamentals, for goodness sake don't they think we had enough of that in undergrad. nursing? But I have to take the good with the bad, while I chose a MSN CRNA program, it is twenty minutes from my house and I am very familiar with the university and some of the teaching hosptials they use as clinical sites.
  5. by   renerian
    I did not do the CRNA program but I did get my masters and wow I was tired of papers by the time I graduated.....

  6. by   blazeboy97
    My program is a Masters in Nursing (MN) not a Masters of Science in Nursing (MSN), therefore we do not have a thesis. 6 out of 7 semesters we have 1-2 papers to write with each being 10-15 pages. For each paper there is also a powerpoint presentation required. Most of these papers are about pharmacology and/or physiology. For two semesters we also have projects with the simulator that require research, demonstration, paper, and presentation on a selected topic.
  7. by   MICU RN
    Lucky you!!!!!!!
  8. by   apaphoenix
    I think it depends on the type of program you enter. My program offers a Master's of Science in Nurse Anesthesia (MSNA) rathe than an MSN. We don't write a thesis, and I can count on one hand the number of papers I've had to write after a full year of study (and each of those was 3 pages or less). Our program is based more in the pure sciences rather than nursing theory and philosophy. I'm sure I'll have a few more papers to write as I enter my second year, but from what I've seen here I can't complain at all.

  9. by   WntrMute2
    One big paper reporting on your research, 35 pages long in my case and a couple of others scattered throught such as a paper on peds defects and such. Not that big a deal.
  10. by   London88
    Was the research paper for nursing research, or for an anesthesia course? I have taken nursing research where I wrote a 30 page research proposal. Are you writing papers for the anesthesia courses, or is it for the MSN proportion at the university? I am hoping that come September when I will only be doing didactic that there will not be any major writing projects!
  11. by   WntrMute2
    My paper encompased all aspects of my research for NA school. The first 1/2 approx. was developed as part of class/homework in the nursing research class for the program. All papers have been for NA topics, no generic stuff at all.