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  • Oct 13 '12

    There is light at the end of the tunnel for SRNAs and jobs! You may have to move to get a decent job, but there are still plenty of jobs to be had. A lot of CRNAs actually have one full time job and one or more part-time jobs.

    You will have good days and bad days in the OR, good preceptors, bad preceptors (preceptors you just want to murder and save the entire student population the grief of dealing with them), and preceptors that have forgotten how to how to work themselves since they constantly have students with them.

    You will wonder why you ever did this one day and then the next day you will walk by ICU and see the nurses cleaning up the GI bleed patient while working with a mask on because it stinks so bad. Then all the reasons you went to anesthesia will come back to you and you will be happy again for at least 30 minutes or so.

    Some unsolicited advice:

    1. The OR can be cold.... No, real news flash there. Wear a scrub jacket, thermals under your scrubs, buy disposable hand warmers to stick in scrub pockets, become friends with Desflurane vaporizer (it can always use a lot of hands on attention during long cold cases), if your patient is doing fine/temp is okay poke a small hole in the upper body bare hugger where it blows right towards you, pace and do your charting at the same time.
    2. Preceptors opinions are like buttholes. We all have one. Is what the preceptor telling you actually going to make a difference in patient care? Is the way you do it safe for the patient? Best advise I ever got: Keep doing it as you always do it until stopped. Most preceptors will let you do it your way if you are confident, smooth, and don't take forever doing it. This will take some time.
    3. Take time for yourself once a week. Goto the movies with your spouse friends etc. Your brain can only process so much at one time you will do better by taking short breaks and then going back study.
    4. All good things come to an end, and then you can have anesthesia students of your own that you can tape the eyes every direction. My personal favorite thing to do with brand new students is to have them tape one eye one way and the other a different way, and then tell them it is because of the different angle of the eyes that this is necessary. After said eyes are taped each way then you can proceed to bust up laughing thus relieving all the pent up tension that you know the new student has.
    5. Be safe but have fun in the OR. You will sometimes actually miss your time as student when you become a CRNA. You will then immediately wonder if you need a psych evaluation, but you will miss it none the less.