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Joined: Jul 10, '11; Posts: 21 (5% Liked) ; Likes: 7
RN; from US
Specialty: 3 year(s) of experience in ED, ICU

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    I am also interested in these programs, if anybody can shed some light on the interview process I'd appreciate it!

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    As a hopeful applicant for the Fall 2016 start, I'm curious to know everybody's stats? If you guys don't mind sharing I think the insight will be helpful. Please & thank you

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    I'm also planning to apply, but haven't started getting stuff together yet. Any advice/info would be greatly aporeciated!!

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    Oops! I see you were applying to Texas Wesleyan. Congrats!

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    Do you mind sharing where you will be attending Crna school? I have the same gpa and have had similar thoughts on applying. You've encouraged me! ☺️

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    I'm also interested in applying for the fall '16 cohort, any and all info is appreciated!

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    I am an ICU RN currently considering CRNA school. I have to agree, Skip's post is one of the most discouraging things to read regarding Crna school. However, it's a reality (a very scary one) and it could happen to anyone. You sound passionate about your career choice, so I think you owe it to yourself to give yourself the best chance possible so that doesn't become your reality. Since you feel supported by your school you should take some initiative and talk to either a peer you trust, a mentor, or staff member if possible to get some guidance. If nothing else you can get some advice/ideas on how to better prepare. I can only imagine the amount of stress and pressure you encounter on a daily basis, so some sort of release is important too - maybe some yoga or a boxing class? Just a thought good luck, keep pushing!

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    Hi all! My BSN program required 2 semesters of general chemistry with labs, and touched on all concepts (bio, orgo, etc). It seems as though many of the schools I've looked into either require biochemistry or organic chemistry. Does this mean I should take a class now that specifically focuses on those concepts? Or would my year of general chemistry be considered adequate? And if not, which class would you recommend taking in preparation for CRNA applications?

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    I know, another redundant post where I give you all my stats and ask if you guys think I have a shot at being accepted into a CRNA program. Bear with me I'd really appreciate any input!

    RN, BSN with one year of floor experience and 2 years of ER experience
    Starting Monday full-time in the MICU at a large, well known level 1 trauma/teaching hospital in LA
    Plan on taking the CCRN within a year
    Can get excellent LOR from managers
    Plan on shadowing CRNA's this coming spring
    Plan on taking GRE
    BSN from UMass, graduated with honors
    **got a C+ my first year in chem101 d/to language barrier, then got an A in chem102 with a new professor

    My question for you guys is not only do you thing I have a chance, but also whether or not you think I should re-take chem101? Also, should I take a biochem class? It wasn't required for my BSN program. Thanks in advance for any and all help!


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    "He's alert and orientated times four."

    Hate it.

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    I worked as a CNA while in school for my BSN. While I've never been an LPN, I've worked with several in both LTC and acute care. I also get the question (although my badge says RN in large letters) if I'm an RN or LPN. One day my patient asked me that and then chuckled, stating "that means real nurse, right?". I was so infuriated. I put on my sweetest smile and said "Actually it stands for registered nurse. And your nurse today, the LPN? She has 20 years of experience on me, I think if anyone is a "real nurse" it's her."

    Like another posted, people will always have something to say about CNA vs LPN vs RN and ADN vs just have to roll with it. As long as you are working in an environment where your coworkers are supportive and not making these sorts of comments, and you're confident in your own skills, keep your chin up!

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    thanks so much for your words of kindness they helped me to have the courage to speak directly with my boss about this, and she was very understanding and encouraging! I'm not sure what the future holds, but it's nice to know there are options

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    Hello all!

    A little backgroud on myself:
    I graduated in May 2011 with my BSN. My first nursing job was as a full time float nurse and an amazing experience. I was able to float to various units including telemetry, surgical, ortho, medical, and acute rehab and learned a great amount. After 6 months the director of the ED asked that I come work for here and I very gladly accepted. I fell in love with my job more than I expected and was content professionally.

    Personally, I needed a change for different reasons. When a friend of mine asked if I'd move with her to California I jumped at the offer. A month later I was on a one-way flight with a job offer to work on an Oncology unit. This floor is mainly surgical oncology with occasional chemo patients and medical overflow. I love being a nurse, spending time with my patients, getting to know their stories, and always strive to make them smile during my shift.

    However, this has also proved to be a problem for me. Often times we get end-of-life patients, where their surgeries are more palliative than anything else. We can have these patients for months at a time. I get SO attached and involved, and it's beginning to wear on me. I just went back home for the first time since moving here, and I kept finding myself wondering how my patients were doing. I would love to be one of the amazing, strong, caring oncology nurses, but it's too much for me. Don't get me wrong, I am very compassionate and care very deeply about my patients and the care I given them, but therein lies the problem.

    I have been on this unit for 4 months now and am unsure of what to do. Do I talk to my manager (who is my friend's aunt) and ask to be moved to a different unit? Do I search for another job altogether? I am worried not only about the fact that it could make things awkward since I know her personally, but also because I don't want to be a job-hopper.

    If anyone has any advice, similar past experiences/posssible solutions, ANYTHING please help!


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    I have lived in western mass for several years now. I did my senior internship at Baystate on their neuro floor. While it is the largest hospital in western mass and certainly carries a great reputation, my experience their showed me that their nurses are understaffed and overworked. However, I was only on one unit and could vary across the hospital. I got hired at Berkshire Medical Center as a new grad and have loved every minute. I cannot say enough good things about this place. I highly recommend it if you're looking for a hospital that is friendly, not too small/not too big, and that treats their staff well. Good luck!

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    Looking for information on this facility: working conditions, staffing ratios, hourly pay for RN BSN...any tips/advice would be greatly appreciated!!