As a current Gooding student (class of 2016), I meet with my classmates once a week for didactics from 8am-4pm. I also do clinical rotations at both hospitals in Panama City. I am there 10-16 hours a day, 4 days a week. I spend ALOT of my time with CRNAs, SRNAs, anesthesiologists and many others in the medical field. With all this time spent in class and at the hospital, you would think I would've heard about the big buzz around townâ€. The truth is, I have NOT heard a single concern about the future of the school. I have NOT heard any of my classmates say how they are on edgeâ€. Maybe I'm out of the loop? It's possible. Maybe it really ISN'T a concern for those of us who really know what's going on? DEFINITELY!
When I got accepted into Gooding last year, I knew there was a possibility that the class of 2016 would graduate as Florida State students. I had heard that FSU was considering starting a new anesthesia program but a lot of things needed to occur in order for that to happen. And if for some reason the anesthesia program at FSU doesn't happen - no biggie. We will graduate from Gooding Institute, which is what I originally signed up for. The program director has told us from the very beginning that Gooding will ALWAYS back us up and be there until Dec 2016 when we graduate. Never EVER would they drop us in the middle of the program. That's absurd!
To the RN's that got verbal acceptance - Congrats! I have to tell you what amazing clinical experience you will get here in Panama City. You only need 600 cases to meet the requirement, but most Gooding graduates get 1200-1500 cases. You get the quantity here but you also get QUALITY (heart, lung, crani, peds, OB). You get it all! For example, in the last week I did 13 epidurals, 3 spinals, 7 pediatric cases, one was a 5.5 lb premie, and 9 adult cases. This is why Gooding graduates have the reputation that they do. Lots and lots of experience! I am only 2.5 semesters into school and have already met several of my minimum requirements! That's very exciting! Many students across the country actually struggle to get their minimums in very important areas, such as hearts, epidurals and peripheral nerve blocks. Here, we have very supportive anesthesiologists that give us LOTS of opportunities to do nerve blocks. They encourage us and provide a supportive learning environment. In fact, 2 of my classmates got to do nerve blocks on the VERY 1ST DAY of clinicals!
I'm sure it's difficult waiting to hear if FSU gets SACSCOC accreditation. Both Gooding and FSU administrators have worked diligently to get it this far. This is the final hurdle. Have faith and stay positive. If the approval happens soon then the new class will start the week of Aug 24. If they don't give an answer soon, then the start date will have to be pushed back to Jan 2016.
In response to Taicurn's concern about minorities/diversityâ€¦ First of all, when I look at the faces of my 23 classmates I do not see race/color/ethnicity per se, I simply see my Gooding family. When it comes to diversity, I'll let the numbers speak for themselves. In the upcoming class that will hopefully start in August (24 students) there are 2 Vietnamese, 3 African-Americans, 1 Chinese, and 2 Russians AND my program director is planning on opening nurse anesthesia programs internationally in underserved countries.
Good luck to all those pursuing nurse anesthesia. As you can tell I am very passionate about this field. For those waiting to hear about accreditation, hang in there and try to be patient. It'll be worth the wait in the end.