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your wife has a doctorate in chiro, its not "will she get in?" it's whos spot is she going to take? there is no question she will get into any number of schools she applies to as long as she can interview competently, I worked with a CRNA who was a chiro in a previous life, the difficulty of obtaining your doctorate in chiro is no joke, and people are going to recognize that. Get through RN school, get your year of ICU and get into CRNA school...
reading through the "standard" replies to this thread that fly all over this forum all the time....let me give you a more "real world" reply....
people on here freak out way to much about requirements, classes, certifications, experience etc...
I see you are in an accelerated program so i assume you are smart, there you go requirement #1...you better be pulling A's b/c yes your grades are gonna stand out, what will not stand out so much is CCRN, TNCC, abcdefg..blah blah blah...whats CCRN prove? everyone has it now who applies, it doesn't make you look superior or stand out, and its certainly not vital...its a run of the mill credential now that does not garner much attention (in crna schoolapplicatoin process) ....if you have made it to the interview people already think you are smart, you don't need a bunch of fluff to back it up.
Experience....here is the big one, "sickest patient" "trauma" "open hearts" again blah blah blah...it makes zero difference! when you get into your class there will be people with 1 year, 20 years, multiple degrees (from previous careers) perhaps a nurse practioner or two...lots of things... guess what? None of you will know anything and the people who excel are those who can ADAPT and learn new things quickly...brains and a good attitude there are your requirements...and amazingly enough in your interview this will show and be the #1 criteria by which you are judged...people who present themselves as teachable, easy going personality, not going to be a "problem" thats what CRNA programs are looking for...thats what will get you in the door.
So my advice apply as soon as you can, (that is if you are the ideal canidate I just described) you will be amazed how possible it is, if you want to spend extra time in ICU that is fine as well, but don't linger there b/c someone on here has scared you into...people on here seem to be in constant panic mode about this type of stuff giving the most high strung advice possible....just giving an alternative, more realistic point of view...and how do i know? been there, 6 months to go, sat in on interviews for classes... just regurgitated the critera by which they were judged...
PM me I can answer any questions anyone has....
I would get another reference, I was in the same spot as you, I approached one of my clinical educators who is technically in a "supervisory" role, but much nicer and open to the idea of school. They wrote the reference, mailed it out and it never came up at interview...look at it this way if you don't get in and you are stuck for another year with a boss who seems to be a control freak..well life will be not so fun :-(
hopefully you have one of those people in your unit.
Maybe this will help some..most platlets come as pheresis platelets these days to reduce donor exposure. 1 pheresis is roughly equal to a six pack of plaelets...if you get an order for a six pack of platlets..one pheresis covers you....just look on the bag it will say "pheresis" on it..as opposed to pooled which is when they actaully take 6 small bags of platlets and combime them to make your "six pack"
In response to taking 6-8 hours or what ever to get you the platelets...that is ridiculous...the only excuse there is for the delay is they were too low and were waiting for the Am delivery before they would send any out to patients who were not actively bleeding..and they should have relayed this to you..if they are in stock a platelet can be ready to go in 5 min tops!
Cost of living just about anywhere in the aroostook county area is extremely cheap. And when I say cost of living I mean home prices, land prices, some people will jump on here and rant about taxes...and to that I say whatever..you can buy a home up here for about 1/2 of what you would pay in southern Maine..to me thats cheap cost of living.
Annoying things?? well in the summer the mosquitos and blackflies can be extremely annoying if you like outdoor activities..but they die down later in the summer and the cooler fall months are extremely pleasant.
ummm...no presque isle is in aroostook county
Sounds like you want tthe presque isle area. You have access to a community college and a campus for the university of maine system. There are 2 hospitals in the area Aroostook medical center, and CARY medical center.
everything you are looking for exists mostly from bangor north, housing/land is dirt cheap to further north you go, but there is a trade off....nothing even remotley exciting happening. If you are looking for a settled quite life than this is were you want to head, lots of nursing jobs up that way because people are migrating to the southern portion of the state.
and lots and lots of snow..:-(
I have noticed some programs require a retake of classes that are 5 or 10 yrs. old, BUT it seems I have found plenty of others that say nothing about re-taking those classes...to say those are definitely something you have to re-take seems to be a bit of a broad generalization
Origianlly posted by dorimar
"It is very diffiuclt to train a nurse that is learning how to make a bed and do basic drug calculations, how to run CRRT or what exactly the hemodynamics mean & what she should do about it. Don't get me wrong, I 've trained em,"
"i'm always thinking what is best for the patient NOT the nurse"
Than perhaps you should stand by your morals and refuse to train these new nurses whom you feel are so unsafe.:imbar
I hate it when these boards turn into a personal grudge match and become uninformative, so I will excuse myself from this thread. To any new grads who are reading always remember these posts are only opinions...do what you think is the right thing for you and in the end and you won't go wrong.
That is correct the nursing shortage has opened up some great opportunities for new grads where they may not have existed before. It no doubt makes some people bitter that these new grads can (with extra time and training) transition directly into a positions that typically in the past took years of experince to obtain.
New grad programs do work . I absolutley object to unessacarily spending 3 years somewhere you don't want to be, we have all worked with someone at some point who consistently hates their job, its a drag on everyone. The OP stated they really wanted to do ICU.....there is no reason to discourage that.
heres a new spin on the subject..I knew a nurse who had her masters in social work, and she had a really hard time seperating her previous job (social worker) from her current job (being a nurse)..and yes yes I know they are all intermingled somewhere/somehow, blurry line etc...BUT she would constantly interject in to things and pursue things for her patients that were no longer appropriate, she had a tremedously hard time seperating her roles...as a result there were reprimands handed down.
Do you think some employers look at the licensed psychotherapy aspect and think huh?? will there be a problem? (as the one mentioned)
3 years on med surg?? Sorry, but that is some old school thinking. I know more than a few recent grads who went directly to ICU/NSCU/Burn unit, and they are doing just fine.
If you are a new grad who wants critical care, find a good program and do it, don't "put in your time" on a floor you have no intrest in, your everyday will be miserable, and patients don't need miserable nurses.
This seems like the right place to post this question. How far in advance do potential new graduates start applying for jobs before graduation? I have heard anywhere from a month up to three.
I will be looking for those new graduate critical care programs when my time comes. I am thinking it will be competitive, and best to apply on the early end.
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