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    Hi, UMDNJ sent out the interview invitation letter during the last week of December and the actual interview was the last week of January. Acceptance letters were mailed out within the following week.

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    grdmdb,

    If you are trying to apply for umdnj's CRNA program for Fall 2011 admission, the seats have already been filled. They interviewed applicants back in January 2011. They are now accepting applications for Fall 2012 admission, the deadline is not till December 1, 2011.

    I applied to 2 programs, UMDNJ was my first choice because I attended their open house and liked the program layout and the cost of tuition is reasonable. I plan on quitting my full-time job by September since I heard the course load is very stressful and demanding as soon as you start. I have heard of students who still kept their job as per-diem while in the program, haven't heard of anyone who worked full-time while in school and clinical- must of been tough.

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    Books I found helpful were "Cardiac Surgery Essentials for Critical Care Nursing" by Hardin & Kaplow and "Manual of Perioperative Care in Adult Cardiac Surgery" by Bojar. These books are great for reference, but I agree that the best kind of training you will get is at the bedside from the nurses & doctors you work with. Keep an open mind, and ask lots of questions!

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    I contacted a CRNA that I knew and was able to shadow for 1 day in the OR. It was a great experience, I was able to observe 2 OR cases- 1st case used spinal anesthesia & 2nd case used general anesthesia, both were done by the CRNA. I mostly observed and just asked whatever questions came to mind. The CRNA didn't ask me questions or expected me to know what she was doing, so it's not like you have to prepare or read beforehand. With both cases I was able to see start to finish- from the pre-op assessment all the way to giving report in the PACU. I only shadowed for 1 day because I felt that my experience gave me a good general idea of what I needed to know about CRNAs.

    Most CRNA programs/schools don't require a shadow experience to apply, but they highly recommend it. The schools I applied to asked me during my interview if I shadowed a CRNA and if I know what they do, so it was a good thing that I was able to talk about my brief shadow experience. It will also make you stand out as a candidate that you made the effort observe and see how CRNAs practice. So try you best to contact a CRNA or even MD anesthesiologist to shadow with at the hospital you work at, I'm sure you'll have a great learning experience as well. Good luck!

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    Hi seamang2,

    If you are a nursing student now and would like to gain clinical experience to eventually become a CRNA, I would suggest going to whichever hospital is bigger, or is a teaching facility. You mentioned a Level 1 Trauma Center, so that sounds like it would be a good site as to learn as a student. Only if the cardiac unit you mentioned is a Cardiothoracic-Surgical Intensive Care Unit, then that will be a good option as well. If you can get a clinical rotation as a student in an ICU floor, then that will you give you a better chance to get a job in the ICU when you graduate. Most CRNA programs/schools look at the clinical experience you gained working as a RN, not when you were a student. Best of luck!

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    Tsiasn,

    I received your private message regarding UMDNJ. Since I am a new member to the All Nurses forum- it is not allowing me to e-mail you back. I'd be happy to reply back & answer your questions. Please contact me at RNpjm@yahoo.com.

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    Eiano,

    I received your private message regarding UMDNJ. Since I am a new member to the All Nurses forum- it is not allowing me to e-mail you back. I'd be happy to reply back & answer your questions. Please contact me at RNpjm@yahoo.com.

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    I received my acceptance letter & glad the wait is all over!!! Wish everyone the best.

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    My interview w/ UMDNJ was very similar as well. I wasn't sure if they read over my resume and credentials beforehand, so I took it upon myself to mention them again as I was speaking. But yes, it was very short & brief- lasted about 10 minutes. Wish you the best of luck!

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    Hope your interview went well! The panel said decisions will be sent out early March, so I'm hoping to hear back. Please reply back if your hear anything!

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    hi everyone! how did your interview go? For me, it wasn't as bad as I expected- why crna, why this program, talked about a difficult patient. Well hoping to hear their decision in the weeks to come. Please reply back if you get an acceptance!

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    My best advice is to take MSN courses or even Master's level Organic Chemistry, Physics and excel in them-- get an A! Get your CCRN, and maybe a high GRE score may help as well. Work in a high-acuity ICU that will give you great clinical experience. Also have good recommendation letters that explain your high-level of critical thinking. In your interview, you will have to explain why your undergraduate GPA was low, but you can mention how you've done all those things listed above to better improve your chances. A co-worker of mine was in a similar situation and she got into CRNA school. There is hope, no worries & good luck!

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    My best advice for a new grad looking to work in the ICU after graduation is to gain an nursing externship/intership as a student. That way, you have some sort of clinical experience other than school. Working in an ICU environment can be overwhelming so most managers like to see that you have some exposure to this. If it's too late to be a Nurse Extern- try and talk to your clinical professor about having a shadow day in the ICU. Big-city university hospitals do hire new grads straight into the ICU, have a good GPA & recommendation letters. Be proactive! If this is something you really want, it's possible. So keep applying and contact the nurse recruitment office constantly. good luck

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    got my interview letter as well! was anyone able to schedule their time & date? that secretary's voicemail box is full.

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    Most schools only require at least 1 year minimum ICU experience to apply. With that being said, most applicants have >1 year so your chances might be slim. On the bright side- I know of RNs that got accepted with 1 year experience, but you'll need to work at a big university hospital, adult-ICU, high-acuity unit. If you also have a high undergraduate GPA you'll have a better chance. My advice is to start taking basic MSN courses now, then work towards getting your CCRN when your eligible. Good luck


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