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

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

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If anyone has any other questions, feel free to PM me!  I don't start the program until January 6th, 2020 so I have some free time left to try and answer questions for ya'll!  After that though, I can't make any promises lol.

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

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Commenting on this post so any of you applying for CRNA school, go to page 2 on this post and I created a study guide that I think will be helpful if you are applying to a school who’s clinical based interview is tough 🙂

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yournurse has 2 years experience.

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Thank you!

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

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8 hours ago, yournurse said:

Thank you!

You’re welcome 😊

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nikki has 6 years experience and specializes in CTICU.

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Thanks for the advice !! And congrats!! 

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

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9 hours ago, nikki said:

Thanks for the advice !! And congrats!! 

You’re welcome and thank you so much!

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Thanks so much for sharing your journey with us and congrats on your acceptance

You mentioned you watched interview videos, where can I see those please? Thank you

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

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On 2/13/2020 at 1:01 AM, Steffy Bee said:

Thanks so much for sharing your journey with us and congrats on your acceptance

You mentioned you watched interview videos, where can I see those please? Thank you

Thank you so much!  I just went on google and typed in the search bar CRNA interview videos and just looked around through the search results there!

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snobel444 has 5 years experience as a BSN and specializes in MICU.

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On 8/7/2019 at 1:22 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!

 

What book did you study for TCRN with? 

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

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6 hours ago, snobel444 said:

What book did you study for TCRN with? 

The one off of the STN website!

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snobel444 has 5 years experience as a BSN and specializes in MICU.

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2 hours ago, shanneliz123 said:

The one off of the STN website!

Thanks girl ! & thanks for this update . I’ll be joining you next year! I’m claiming it . Let’s just go ahead & be friends now LOL

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

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53 minutes ago, snobel444 said:

Thanks girl ! & thanks for this update . I’ll be joining you next year! I’m claiming it . Let’s just go ahead & be friends now LOL

LOL good for you!! I’m only in the first semester but the staff is amazing 

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