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    Work While In School?

    Life, finances, and family all make each experience during graduate school unique for each person. Work or not depends on the need for money vs. school demands vs. family(children) needs. I would work if needed, my wife is an RN and will support us. I feel blessed to be in the situation I am in, I should have every advantage to do well in school (CRNA). I choose to spend as much free time with the kids as possible, I realize all would do this is they could. Good luck to all, Life is good! CRNA HERE I COME!!
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    SRNA clinical tactics

    I neglected to thank all the previous post that state they would do their utmost to help the students. Your to be commended.. Many Thanks.
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    SRNA clinical tactics

    I start CRNA school this coming January, I hope that my attitude, professionalism, and knowledge will be enough to make the clinician that I am placed with eager to teach. If there is any butt kissing to be done, it will not be done by me! On occassion bringing donuts or something like that to clinicals for everyone is OK. If it is expected or alluded to that this is an expectation, there will be some very emaciated people in the OR. When I used to precept new nursing students in the ICU, I would go out of my way to make their experience great. I hope that my experience in CRNA school clinicals would be the same. I will keep my fingers crossed..... Good Luck to all SRNA (myself included)
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    Work While In School?

    I will be starting CRNA program this January (2007). I do not plan on working at all, I am married with twins that are 8 years old. I am fortunate enough to be able to pay for a small house, so no house payment! I feel that this is too important and I would like to spend as much free time as possible with the family. I have heard the 60-80 hours a week is the norm. Good luck to anyone that can do it and still graduate.
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    Ark State Univ.

    I know someone that interviewed and I do not think he has found out yet. It took about a month for me to get my letter. Good Luck
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    New to CCU, quick question

    Hello, I have worked in Critical Care for about 12 years.... the Last 4 as a Director of Critical Care. I have had much experience hiring and evaluating new RN's, both new graduates and just new to the job. Also I have had the chance to be a preceptor and to evaluate the preceptors that I have assigned to the orientee. Most new nurses feel incompetent at times, this is totally natural. If you have the right person orienting you, it will be ten times better. Do not feel like it is wrong to ask for another person, it will help you in the long run. Experience will teach you many things, orientation will not cover everything..... The one piece of advice I would give to anyone new or veterans of many units. I feel like nurses are on a scale 1-10, the first 30 percent do not have the critical thinking skills to lean on or the Anatomy and Physiology education to be great ICU nurses. They can function safely most of the time, but they look at the schedule to see who is going to be there to help them if something goes wrong. The next 40 percent have better critical thinking skills and are better with more intensive patients, but they do not put in the extra work it takes to develop advanced assessment skills. The last 30 percent are more motivated to keep learning (not just by going to school), they pick up books are read to learn about treatment options, pacemakers, etc. They will be the one that the first 30 percent are looking for on the schedule. I think the term used now is the adult learner. This person will be the best preceptor (if the personality fits), they will be the one that teaches the pathophysiology of the disease process, along with the nursing task. Also the manager of the unit is essential to the success of the new nurse, if during your orientation the manager did not ask you many times how you feel the oreintation is going, look out. I wish you the best of luck, be in the last 30 percent please the patients deserve it. I will feel the same as you are now all over again shortly, I start CRNA school in Jan, 2007.
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    Ark State Univ.

    Hello Rayman and Vadrn, I also have been accepted into the Jan 2007 class at ASU. I am looking forward to starting class, even though I know it will not be easy. My experience during the interview was great, biased I'm sure by the acceptance letter.... I know several people that are in the 2006 class and they are loving it. I have been Critical Care Nursing for about 12 years and I am ready for the next step. I will send you guys a personal message, since I notice these post were placed last month. good luck all, have to go my airway is closing!
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