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  1. nurserobinson281988

    CRNA School Hopeful 2018

    Hi! I dont believe I received a friend request. KU offered me an interview by email on Sept 15. ai interviewed Oct 10 and received my emailed acceptance letter on Oct 17.
  2. nurserobinson281988

    Nursing Experience for CRNA school

    Whether I find the requirements arbitrary is not the point, since I am not the person making admission decisions. When you are rejected from one of these schools and you call and ask what you can do to improve your chances, they say, "well your GPA is .1 less than the average of the people who were admitted, and you should retake that chemistry class you got a C in (10 years ago)", blah blah blah. They also say that they want you to have a year of ICU experience but the most competitive applicants will have two years of experience. As for your comment about "do you want someone with a 4.0 or someone who knows what they are doing?"..I would personally want someone who knows what they are doing but schools also want someone who has a high gpa because their pass rates on anesthesia boards are an indication of how good the program is. I agree with what you're saying about needing someone who can do their job well. When speaking with nurses in this nurse's ICU, they say he is just an average new grad-nothing amazing. So when thinking about his stats, I am fairly confident that he is the person who has a 4.0 but who hasnt been doing his job long enough to know what to do in a variety of critical situations.
  3. nurserobinson281988

    Nursing Experience for CRNA school

    I disagree, obviously. But thanks for your opinion. The point is that there are people who actually meet the requirements of the program who arent getting in.
  4. nurserobinson281988

    Nursing Experience for CRNA school

    I think it's a good program because of the quality of clinical experiences you receive in the program compared to other schools in the area. I do not bother with comparing pass rates if it is the difference between a 92 and a 98%, for example.
  5. nurserobinson281988

    Nursing Experience for CRNA school

    and you're actually proving my point. if you think that is the sickest patient there is, you are too new to know what you dont know, and that is the problem.
  6. nurserobinson281988

    Nursing Experience for CRNA school

    then you have never taken care of a patient with mixed hemorrhagic and cardiogenic shock and an EF of 5%. But ok, a bleeding post cabg patient is the worst;-)
  7. nurserobinson281988

    Nursing Experience for CRNA school

    AA's are unable to practice independently in any setting. CRNA's practice independently in 70% of settings they practice in. It sounds like your opinion is that of someone who doesn't have a lot of ICU experience, but feels that your experience should be sufficient. I don't expect you to feel any other way about this topic, but factually, most others do not feel the same as you do about this topic. Recovering hearts is a VERY small piece of the ICU pie. I understand CRNA schools take a lot of their students from CVICU's, but I feel that is because they work very closely with anesthesia providers and thus have an easy time getting strong refs from those people. I work in a CICU in a hospital that is a major cardiac transplant center in the Midwest, and I am very familiar with the dynamic (in our hospital) in the CVICU. A physician is always present. They are dictating titrations of drips and there is not a high level of autonomy on the floor. They rarely have balloon pumps, Impellas, etc. They are not allowed to wedge their PA caths. When they do have IABPs, Impellas, hypothermia, etc, they call our unit to consult our nurses about the workings of these assist devices and protocols. In the CRNA profession, you will have a high level of autonomy, so I don't necessarily think the CVICU is the gold standard when it comes to prepping nurses for CRNA school---but that is all neither here nor there. Please understand that everything stated above is my opinion and nothing more than that. I want everyone to follow their dreams. My goal in waiting five years to even apply for CRNA school was to learn as much about critical care as possible--not to do my minimum requirement to get into school (even though that was always my ultimate goal). the purpose of that is to be able to identify when a patient is going downhill. Again, my disappointment is with the admissions board, not the new nurse who is too new to know what he doesn't know.
  8. nurserobinson281988

    Nursing Experience for CRNA school

    I am frustrated that while the rest of us are jumping through all of these hoops, there are others just sliding underneath them with the help of nepotism. The requirements on the website for the school in question state that "all requirements must be met prior to submission of the application packet." My frustration is due to the fact that I know people who did not get in this year who are amazing nurses with tons of experience but who dont have the connections that this particular nurse has. My frustrations is with the admissions board that allowed this to happen. I don't care how much drive he has, ability, etc.—he does not meet the actual requirements that the program put in place. So while most of us waited the year that was required, he did not. Aside from that, there is something to be said for experience. A lot to be said for it, actually. If ICU experience is no big deal, maybe they should take it off the requirements list completely!
  9. nurserobinson281988

    Nursing Experience for CRNA school

    So in theory this is true. They audit some people, but the majority of people are held at their word about their clinical hours.
  10. nurserobinson281988

    Nursing Experience for CRNA school

    So honestly I am just venting with this post. There is a nurse in my hospital that just got into a good CRNA program in the area and has been a nurse since January. The app deadline was in September so he applied with 8 months of experience. He took his CCRN sometime this year as well. Kicker-his mother is a CRNA in the area. I just think it is terribly unethical that he got into school and it's disheartening to think that they would turn down people with lots of valuable experience for this person. I got into school this year, but I did so based off merit and meeting all of the requirements that these schools have for applicants. Not to mention, after multiple rejections to other schools within the past 1 1/2 years. Maybe that's why I find it especially gear-grinding.
  11. nurserobinson281988

    KU Medical CRNA Class of 2021

    He said: Johnson county has some of the best schools in the country. OP it's in the Shawnee Mission school district and I think Blue Valley is in this area as well. Both districts are really good as far as I know. Olathe school district is also a good district. Stay out of the Missouri side. And avoid Comanche elementary school.
  12. nurserobinson281988

    KU Medical CRNA Class of 2021

    I will ask my brother in law today. He has lived in the area his whole life and was a teacher at a high school here. All I know is what I (think I) know which is that the super wealthy kids attend shawnee mission east. Lol. So let me get back to you on that. Awesome to hear from a future classmate. Also glad they accepted at least some people from out of state-some schools dont do that.
  13. nurserobinson281988

    CRNA: Interview writing part

    KU does. Short answer/essay. Gave us 10 minutes. Pen and paper.
  14. nurserobinson281988

    KU Medical CRNA Class of 2021

    Hi! My name is Nicole and I am from Kansas, living in KC MO. I am moving to Hillsborough apartments in Mission in order to receive in state tuition. I have heard from a fellow nurse and our soon-to-be classmate that they are older style apartments but very affordable. What about you?
  15. nurserobinson281988

    University of Kansas DNAP 2018

    I found out October 17 and the deadline to send in the $1500 deposit is October 31. That money is to hold your spot and it goes toward tuition.
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