Trauma CRNA? - page 2

Is there such a thing as a CRNA who works exclusively (or semi-exclusively) with the Trauma Service? Maybe serves to put in lines and intubate folks in the ICU and respond to Alerts in the ER in... Read More

  1. by   UTRN2005
    Quote from mbujnoch

    I am new to this site. I graduated from anesthesia school in 1998 and have a few years under my belt. If you have any questions to ask a crna, just email me.
    Just curious, where did you go to school? I'm a BSN student at UT Austin, and I 'll be graduating in December. I'm thinking about going the CRNA route and trying to find a hospital with a good ICU internship/residency in Texas. I'm also trying to get a little informaiton about the CRNA programs in TX as well (I'm mainly trying to decide between moving back to Houston or going to Dallas). Thanks for sharing.
  2. by   CRNAgirl

    I went to Baylor College of Medicine. Here's what I know: It really doesn't matter where you get your ICU training. The admission committees like adult ICU, CVICU, and SICU. I did get in with a lot of Neonatal ICU...but it's rare. I think that I boosted my odds by taking the CCRN and RNC exams.

    The CRNA programs in Texas are all good, but are different. At Baylor College of Medicine the admission process is rigorous. They especially look at your science GPA and ICU experience. But on the good side, once you're in...they do their best to help you graduate. I reviewed the course program the other day and it is even better than I went there. You get a lot of trauma experience, difficult airway practice, and work on the simulator. It is very good. You work sometimes 100 hrs/wk on the trauma rotation...but you finish with a massive amount of cases under your belt. The pass rate is very good for the boards.

    Texas Wesleyan seems like a very good school. The tuition is similar to BCM. I think that the SRNAs have to travel around to different sites a lot.

    UT in Houston has a reputation for kicking out all but 5 of their original class of 15...or that's they way it used to be. BUt, they have 100% pass rates. Their clinicals are not as good. The UT students don't get as many regionals as BCM does. We did 100 to their 5. We were always left alone in the OR from day 1 which is very scary. They were not...but I don't know if that's a big deal or not. On the up side, the tuition there is very very low.

    I got in to both BCM, UT, and another school in TN. I think that I got the best education at BCM...but I could just be biased. If I were you, I would call Jim Walker, the program director, and ask to shadow a SRNA for the day. He's very nice and loves to help students succeed in school. You can find the webpage online. I can't remember what it is. I think that I typed and found it. Good luck.

  3. by   SigmaSRNA
    MB......I start at Texas Wesleyan this fall and I'm really thinking about Houston as far as a place to live afterwards. Any advice on what hospitals you would suggest/not suggest to work for as a first job fresh out of school?

  4. by   CRNAgirl
    Hi Sigma,

    Call me 281-455-9518 and I'll give you the details.

  5. by   UTRN2005
    Thanks for the info!

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