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SRNA1221 is a BSN and specializes in RN, BSN SRNA.

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  1. Learning to study is definitely a difficult task in itself. The first couple of weeks you will feel overwhelmed and wonder if you can do it. We refer to this as imposter syndrome. The huge amount of material is overwhelming, but doable. I was killing myself trying to read and prepare for each class while studying material previously covered. I gave up on reading before class. I shifted my focus towards studying what was covered specifically in class and used the readings to supplement concepts that I had trouble grasping. This has worked for me thus far. I use a MacBook and an iPad with an Apple Pencil. I HIGHLY recommend an iPad with notability. Especially if you own a MacBook. It makes transferring presentations to your iPad simple with airdrop. I wouldn't necessarily suggest an iPad Pro if you already own a Macbook or plan on getting one. I had already purchased a MacBook and couldn't justify the price difference, so I went with the regular iPad and it has worked great. Notecards and quizlet are also extremely helpful. Best of luck in your program!
  2. I took a notebook and pen to take notes with when they were presenting program details before the interview. Besides that, just me, myself and I.
  3. I'm not sure if we have any international students in our cohort. I would check the AANA website regarding this topic. Sorry I couldn't be of more help!
  4. Thank you! I wouldn't consider it necessary to save this much, but it certainly helps. At the very least, I would make sure to have an emergency fund in savings. My program is a doctorate so it is 36 months in length. The other program I was accepted to was a masters program and was a few months shorter. Program lengths range from ~27 months to 36 months.
  5. I would recommend including all pertinent nursing experience. I had just under a year of ICU experience when I interviewed at both schools I applied to. I included my nurse tech/intern experience In ICU on my resume. Not sure if it helped, but I was accepted into both programs. I think including all of your nursing experience would show that you’re a well rounded nurse with a vast background. Best of luck!
  6. My best advice is to be yourself. There were some great nurses get rejection letters because they were cocky in the interview. Be humble and confident. Luckily, my interview was not clinical based, so all of my questions were personality related. You can search online some common questions. I found that they really seemed to like hearing about shadowing experience. Overall, it wasn’t a bad experience at all. I definitely had less experience than most of the other applicants, so I think your experience is great.
  7. Thanks for the encouragement bfreezy! At the beginning of the program, a senior described it as "long days and short months". I've definitely found that to be true. Best of luck in your career and congratulations!
  8. Finances are difficult to manage. My wife is also in school so we have no income. I saved money prior to school and took a travel assignment immediately prior to quitting work for school. This was a great way to save some money. I made sure I had enough in my savings account to cover our house payments for the entirety of the program. As far as living expenses go, we rely on loans. We're fortunate to have family to help us out with small expenses too. The loans are generally enough to cover expenses, but they're not limitless. Some of my classmates with kids have an extremely tight budget. Other classmates have also had to take out private loans. It's doable, but I personally think the financial aspect is the most difficult difficult part of anesthesia school. As far as preparation, enjoy your free time while you have it. I know everyone says this. I too wanted to dive into concepts that would better prepare me for school. I studied a little bit before starting and it didn't help. They will teach you what you need to know. My program has a chemistry course incorporated that was anesthesia specific so I didn't spend any extra time on chemistry. Take a vacation, sleep, enjoy time with family, and be ready to hit the ground running. It is hard, but doable. Some students on here are so discouraging. I was scared to death before starting. I still have free time, just not near as much as I did before or even while in nursing school. We start our "real" clinical in the spring so I may be eating my words, but the didactic portion is all about time management.
  9. These posts were extremely helpful when I was in the process of applying to school and wondering what to expect. I'd be happy to return the favor and answer any questions one might have.

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