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  • Jul 14

    I would never discourage someone from wanting to learn our profession....EVER. That would be asinine. However, if I were to tell him to go and read anesthesia books in relation to lung surgery, I'm afraid that's not very sound advice. Again, I would stick to the CCRN material, critical care medications, and patho. That's what I would have told myself before entering NA school.

  • Jul 14

    I can appreciate your willingness to learn anesthesia for lung surgery but......don''s going to be over your head. In the meantime, know your ICU patho and meds inside and out. That's the best advice that I can offer you. Study the vent and why changes are made to the settings. Also, there's a good chance that you will never see a lung transplant in school (or lifetime) and you'll be lucky to get in 15-20 thoracotomies. However, you'll do a million cystos

  • Jul 10

    It seems they do. Adding last year's non-admitted applicants to their current year's number of applicants further strengthens the argument of Fl schools being less competitive though. Just sayin.

    To get back on topic Tree kitty your step down experience will not count toward the ICU requirement. I had step down experience as well, and when I talked to my interviewer they said all experience is better than no experience. However, i'm sure that mindset will vary from PD to PD. Some schools have different requirements on how much experience you need to apply vs how much you need at the time of matriculation. My best advice would be to contact the program directors of the schools you were interested in. I contacted multiple PDs via email when I was applying and all were very receptive to me. I sent them my stats, asked them what I could do to improve stats, and if I was competitive. I thought I wasn't competitive because everyone online seems to have a 4.0 GPA and a 320 GRE score, but the bottom line is schools have seats to fill and there are ~2400 seats to fill nationwide each year and not everybody has a 4.0 GPA with 5 years of CVICU and a 320 GRE . Your stats seem more than competitive enough to fill one of them.

  • Jul 10

    CRNA School Search

    Search FL and you can see the # of applicants vs admitted students for each school. allcrnaschools also has a pretty good spreadsheet that likely has more accurate information if you purchase it. There are 9 schools in the state. People from other states (at least ICU nurses in CA) apply to schools in FL as a back up which I think skews the applicant #s because a lot get accepted into schools in their own state and end up not matriculating in FL after being accepted. Wolford takes everyone who meets their minimum requirements and sometimes people who don't meet the minimums (hence their NCE pass rate). I have nothing against Wolford. I think being a good provider is mostly up to the individual, not the school. I even know a Wolford grad who started his own group. I applied to a different school in FL (I didn't end up going there though), and my interview was 3 questions before getting accepted. I'm not that spectacular either.

    More schools = more seats to fill = less competition. Not to say that they aren't competitive. They're just generally less competitive than some others is all.

  • Jul 10

    Now that you have your answer, OP, you can ask your preceptor for convincing evidence that CP prevents aspiration on induction of GA.

  • Jul 10

    Technically your preceptor was asking, "are you in yet?"

  • Jul 10

    Pressure should be held until you verify the ET is in the trachea. Once you are certain you have the ET in the right place then release pressure. Make sense?

  • Jul 6

    While I admire your gumption and it may not be the response you're looking for, as a current SRNA I've gotta say your time is probably best spent focusing on other stuff right now. If you're not currently working in the ICU, try getting into one. If you already are, really focus on being the best damn ICU nurse you can be: lookup stuff you don't know (or don't know like the back of your hand), review meds and procedures, pathophysiology, etc. Get your CCRN and other specialty certs if you don't already have them. Same goes for earning your BSN and getting great grades. Get involved with your local AACN chapter, seek out leadership positions whether it's in your unit/hospital, in your community, or elsewhere. IMO, anesthesia textbooks before starting anesthesia school have very limited value right now--you'll learn all that stuff when you're in school and when you're in an environment to apply it. The other stuff is what sets the foundation you'll need to be successful in school and in your career.

  • Jun 21

    Quote from abbywalky
    Actually Rico713, I am a current student in Emory's first Nurse Anesthesia, DNP class and the tuition is so worth it. We are learning from the best of the best, Drs Kelly Nicely and Michael Conti and I have no doubt that we will be some of the most prepared CRNAs upon graduation in safe patient care. To me, there is no price tag when it comes to having someone's life in your hands.
    I used to live in Atlanta. While Emory does have a good reputation as a medical institution I have concerns and suspicions at how they are running both an AA program and a CRNA program. The fact that they chose to run an AA program first for many years and just recently start a CRNA program furthers suspicion. The most telling thing is that Atlanta has a massive amount of AAs (no doubt due to Emory's program pumping them out) so that the market there is terrible with low pay and restrictive AA designed medically directed practices.

    I would only be comfortable doing my training at Emory if they could gaurantee the majority of the rotation sites would be medically supervised (not directed) or CRNA only practices. If you're spending more than a couple months out of your training in medically directed practice (you aren't pushing your own induction drugs) you're not training to be an independent CRNA capable of PNBs, CVLs, etc but instead training to be an anesthesia assistant.

    How ironic would it be to spend about $80K more than most other CRNAs for my doctorate in anesthesia to only come out of school being trained and prepared to be an assistant to an anesthesiologist. It would be tragic to have worked so hard to earn a doctorate and be working alongside an MDA who refuses to recognize your title or the fact that you are a capable independent colleague.

  • Jun 21

    So all the other crnas practicing now didnt come out practicing in a safe manner? Im sure they did and didnt have 180k in loans just for tuition only. Of course they are gonna say what they said. Do you expect them to tell you any different when they know you are spending that much money lol.

  • Jun 21

    I'm curious. I realize it has a good reputation as a university, but Emory already had an anesthesiology residency AND anesthesiologist assistant program before launching the nurse anesthesia program. Will nurse anesthesia students have to compete with them to get their clinical experience?

  • Jun 20

    Try to get in somewhere else. This school, if still open, should be an absolute LAST resort option if you cannot get in anywhere else...

    Anesthesia school is stressful enough, and this program has had so many issues I'd be very hesitant if I were you.

  • Jun 20

    Looks like they merged with Keiser University for both their MSNA and DNAP. That will likely take care of their regional accreditation problem.

  • May 29

    If it wasn't a phone, it would be a magazine, soduko, or crossword puzzle. I hear these complaints every so often and the reality is far less egregious than the complaint. As far as circulators pointing out vital signs to the anesthetist, you've blown any credibility at all right there. Whatever you think you're seeing is either being tolerated by the CRNA, is/has been treated or is transient and the anesthetist knows and isn't going to do anything about it.

    When the surgeons start complaining about it, then there is a problem. Until then, tend your own fires.

  • May 3

    Quote from ICUman
    Which anesthesia programs are considered "dog programs"?
    Wolford for one. I refused to apply to a few years ago given their history...

    Glad I dodged that bullet. I feel bad for the current students.