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shanneliz123 has 3 years experience as a BSN and specializes in SRNA.

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Wow! Thanks so much for sharing! Congratulations on your acceptance! 👏

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shanneliz123 has 3 years experience as a BSN and specializes in SRNA.

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14 hours ago, NurseOrBust13 said:

Wow! Thanks so much for sharing! Congratulations on your acceptance! 👏

Thank you! And you're welcome.

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ICUman has 5 years experience and specializes in Cardiac Cath Lab.

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On 8/8/2019 at 11:44 AM, shanneliz123 said:

Thank you so much. Extremely thorough lots of great info. 

I have four years of ICU exp., but work in a community hospital. No trauma designation. Although we get a lot of neuro (sdh, ich, etc.) with evd drains and I also recover fresh hearts (cabg/valves). I also work Cath Lab at second job. Do you think that's OK experience?

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19 minutes ago, ICUman said:

Thank you so much. Extremely thorough lots of great info. 

I have four years of ICU exp., but work in a community hospital. No trauma designation. Although we get a lot of neuro (sdh, ich, etc.) with evd drains and I also recover fresh hearts (cabg/valves). I also work Cath Lab at second job. Do you think that's OK experience?

Thank you!  I think it kind of depends on the program!  I honestly would apply at schools and see what kind of feedback they give you.  See if you get interviews, if not I would probably seek out surgical or CVICU just because most schools prefer that.  And preferably a level one hospital.  But it doesn't hurt to try and apply for a program!  You have the years of experience, just depends on how competitive the program is.

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On 8/7/2019 at 12:22 PM, shanneliz123 said:

Okay, so I just wanted to share my story on being accepted into CRNA school.  My story is different than most, and a lot of things had to line up for me to get accepted.  But I just wanted to share, because it has been a LONG journey for me.  I haven't started school yet, but I begin in January 2020.

Firstly, I will share my stats.  I have been working in a level two Trauma Intensive Care Unit for about 2 years now.  This has been my only position as a nurse, I started off in ICU and have been here since graduation.  My cumulative GPA is a 3.51, and nursing GPA is a 3.2  My first semester of nursing school, I failed pharmacology.  I also received a C in health assessment and a C in pathophysiology.  I had to wait an entire year to retake pharmacology in which I received a B+ the second time around.  In my prerequisite courses, I also received a C in microbiology.  I have my CCRN, TCRN, PALS, ACLS, TNCC.  On my GRE my score is a 290, Verbal: 143 Quantitative: 147 and Writing: 4.0  So, I knew my chances were slim.  So this is what I did. 

I received a few certifications that would help my odds.  I got my CCRN (Critical Care Registered Nurse).  Most programs do not require this, but with how competitive programs are becoming, I would suggest to just go ahead and think of it as a requirement.  I also got my TCRN (Trauma Certified Registered Nurse).  This is a newer certification that trauma nurses can now take and receive.  Not a requirement, but I needed all the help I could get.  Another thing I did was take the TNCC (Trauma Nursing Core Course).  Again, not a requirement but schools love this certification.  All of these show my dedication to learning and show that I have determination in the field of critical care.  Something else I went ahead and did was receive my PALS (Pediatric Advanced Life Support).  Normally not required until admitted, but I wanted to show how bad I wanted to get accepted so I took it.  I got involved with my hospital as well, joining multiple committees to show my participation in any kind of improvement in the hospital.  

I believe the most important thing I did and anyone could possibly do, is study your BUTT off for the interview.  I looked up every possible interview video I could, took notes on how to appear confident in an interview.  I created a study guide for my interview.  Yes, a study guide.  I broke down medications down to the cellular level, bought multiple pharmacology books so I could understand the medications more.  I mainly studied pressers to help prepare myself for the interview but it depends on what you use on your unit.  I work in trauma, so I also created a separate study guide where I would give myself scenarios and what I would do to treat a patient that I am presented with.  I also created a guide with personal questions, and what I would answer to them.  A very true point is that you cannot possibly know what kind of personal questions they will ask you.  But, this helped me not appear caught off guard and I appeared calm and collected and if the question I was asked wasn't word for word, then I would spin off of a question that I did practice and I could come up with a good answer.  ELABORATE on your answers, they LOVE that.  I was asked about what drug class Precedex was, and honestly.  I couldn't think of the answer.  BUT, from my studies I remembered what was being stimulated (Alpha 2) and I studied on what is happening in the body when it is stimulated (stimulation of Alpha 2 ultimately causes a decrease of calcium to the sarcoplasmic reticulum and causes a decrease of Norepinephrine within a cell, which is why you see a decrease in bp, hr, etc.) So I explained all of this in depth, and then one of the interviewers simply stated, "So it's an alpha 2 agonist?" And I answered, "yes sir, I am sorry I went a little in depth there."  And the interview committee all laughed.  SO, they saw I could work through things that I did not know to get to that answer.  Also, if you get an opportunity to make them laugh, DO IT. They are people too, just like us.  They know you're nervous, lighten up the mood.  Not a silly random joke, but if you do get a chance, try to make them laugh.  

The reason I am saying that my case is different than most, is because I was an Alternate.  I got called the first day that alternates could have been called so I believe that means I was one of the first on the list.  I live in Nashville, TN. and I knew the competition would be hard because I live in a city where Vanderbilt University Medical Center also exists.  And this is a level one trauma center and most schools prefer a level one trauma center.  But, I studied and studied for months to prepare for the interview.  I bought multiple Pharm books and used multiple resources to help my chances.  And it paid off.  I'm not saying this will work for everyone, but it worked for me.  And I couldn't be more thankful.  So STUDY and PREPARE for the interview.  Show em what you got!!!!! 

Good luck!

 

Congrats! Thank you for sharing your story. What school did you get into?

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shanneliz123 has 3 years experience as a BSN and specializes in SRNA.

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44 minutes ago, MICU-nurse23 said:

Congrats! Thank you for sharing your story. What school did you get into?

Thank you! I got into MTSA

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3 minutes ago, shanneliz123 said:

Thank you! I got into MTSA

 

4 minutes ago, shanneliz123 said:

Thank you! I got into MTSA

Did you apply anywhere else like UAB, Union, or UT Memphis.

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12 minutes ago, MICU-nurse23 said:

 

Did you apply anywhere else like UAB, Union, or UT Memphis.

No I didn’t! I was going to, but when I got accepted at MTSA I accepted the position there because it was my first choice.

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On 8/27/2019 at 7:52 AM, shanneliz123 said:

No I didn’t! I was going to, but when I got accepted at MTSA I accepted the position there because it was my first choice.

Well, I have not gotten into school yet and I am pretty bummed out. I applied to UAB and Union and nothing. I sometimes think you get offered a spot if you appear personable. The thing is not everyone may appear that way in an interview and schools miss out on potentially good candidates. They say you should try to be yourself, but I think sometimes you really have to become an actress and play the part for the interview.

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2 hours ago, MICU-nurse23 said:

Well, I have not gotten into school yet and I am pretty bummed out. I applied to UAB and Union and nothing. I sometimes think you get offered a spot if you appear personable. The thing is not everyone may appear that way in an interview and schools miss out on potentially good candidates. They say you should try to be yourself, but I think sometimes you really have to become an actress and play the part for the interview.

Well some people may not appear that way, you’re right. But that’s why you have to look up interview tips! Rehearse out loud. If you want it bad enough you’ll do what you can to make sure you prove yourself in the interview! You have to be at least somewhat personable, you’re a nurse!  I created two separate study guides, for an interview lol. Yes a little ridiculous. But I wanted it soooo bad and knew I had to do an amazing job in the interview. 

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kdkd25 has 9 years experience as a MSN and specializes in ICU.

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Congrats!

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shanneliz123 has 3 years experience as a BSN and specializes in SRNA.

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On 9/5/2019 at 5:59 PM, kdkd25 said:

Congrats!

Thank you!

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