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    Applications to CRNA programs up or down

    As with any job, it all depends on where you work. There are plenty of positions for CRNA's that are M-F no weekends, no call, holidays off. Sugical centers being the first place to come to mind.
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    illegal activity

    Federal law does not mandate the number of hours you can work. Some states will limit the number of hours, but most do not. You would have to check with your states wage and hour board to determine what laws, if any, are applicable.
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    Medical College of GA's program?

    Newman has a cadaver lab. And a simulator, albeit not the expensive does everything kind, but enough to get the job done.
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    How much CHEMISTRY did you take as an undergrad?

    Roland, Find out what the schools you would like to attend require. Then do that, do not overload yourself with classes you may not need. Although, I am sure they will all require an organic chemistry class, I am not so sure about the other classes. If you cannot do the classes while you are obtaining your BSN, then take them after you finish your degree. Rememeber the motto which is popular in both the military and CRNA programs "Keep It Simple Stupid". Relax, and have a good time getting where your going!
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    Applications to CRNA programs up or down

    Apps are up.
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    Research and thesis ideas

    Link to yet another of our research threads https://allnurses.com/forums/showthread.php?s=&threadid=21054
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    ADVICE NEEDED...Start school in Jan.

    Newman University in Wichita Kansas
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    Acceptance to CRNA School

    The applicant pool is rising every year, so it is hard to say what the percentage is for a given school. If you call the director of the program you are interested in they can give you the most recent data. I believe that the school I am attending had an acceptance rate of around 10% (give or take a % point) for the most recent class.
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    How do you become anesthetist technician

    Anesthesia techs help turn rooms over after surgery, insure that equipment needed is available and functioning etc. If you apply to a hospital that needs one, they will hire you and train you to do what needs to be done. It will not help with CRNA as it has nothing to do with the actual administration of anesthesia. So if you would like to become a CRNA, follow AL's advice.
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    ADVICE NEEDED...Start school in Jan.

    kkrnkk, I have a lot of ICU experience and honestly anesthesia has very little in common with what I did in ICU. Assertiveness, critical thinking skills, and a certain amount of autonomy are what truly help, and you gained that in the ER. You may need to review the hemodynamic info a little more than your classmates, and bone up on ventilation (all things they will teach you) but other than that you should be well prepared. The emphasis on ICU experience appears to have more to do with selection to schools than what you will be doing as a CRNA, don't get me wrong, you could not do this coming from a floor, but from the ER you have the most important skills you will need. Relax your going to do just fine!
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    What do you think (if anything) MDA's will do...

    The AANA, both state and national, and the AANA PAC.
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    What do you think (if anything) MDA's will do...

    "I am still trying to figure out why it is so important for CRNAs to downplay MDAs, to claim equivalency (i can only wonder if there are insecurities here?" I wonder the same thing...Why do you consider the statement that a CRNA can provide anesthesia to a patient equally as well as an MDA to be "downplaying" the MDA. Both provide a high level of care. While there are facilities where the practice is limited as to type of surgery, there are an equal number of facilities where it is not. All over the country, every single day there are complex cases and complex patients who are receiving anesthesia from a CRNA. As you know MDA supervision frequently means, the MDA is in the office with absolutely no input regarding the anesthetic care. If CRNA's are not capable of dealing with the more complex patients then why does this practice continue? Why has there not been an outcry regarding the bad outcomes in complex patients whose anesthesia was provided by a CRNA?...My answer to that would be that it is because the CRNA's are providing good anesthetic care to these patients. Give me an example of any patient or case that a CRNA does not have the ability to perform well. Just one. Also an example of a time when an anesthesiologist would pick a drug for the patient, that a CRNA would not have picked due to educational differences. I am not of the opinion that my education is the same as yours. But, I am of the opinion that my education allows me to provide anesthesia to the same level as you do. Truthfully if I cannot provide anesthesia that is as safe and effective as the anesthesia provided by an MDA, then I have no business giving it at all. If this were the case then it would mean that we are allowing patients to receive substandard care. And that would bear out in the research!
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    CRNA research

    There are a few people here that do that too. It does usually work.
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    What do you think (if anything) MDA's will do...

    Go the AANA website, they will provide you with the answers you are looking for with regard to AA's. I believe most of the arguments center around autonomy and critical skills. AA's start the programs with no medical experience. They are not cost effective, their salary is similar. They do on the other hand ALWAYS earn a higher salary for an MDA (vs a non-supervising MDA). But, so do supervised CRNA's, the difference is that a CRNA has a choice, they can work in a team environment or work on their own. This takes CONTROL away from the MDA's, that is the reason the ASA is pushing for AA's. What do you think is the benefit of adding another theory? Why do you think that CRNA's are not integrated with the nursing profession? One of the first things I looked at was the representative body for CRNA's (when deciding what else to do with my life). This was because I had watched the ANA bend to pressure numerous times both at state and national levels. I really wanted to work in an area where I knew that my professional organization would back me up. not stab me in the back. Again the AANA is a strong organization, and while we need an alliance with the ANA and vice versa the idea that they should integrate is abhorent (to me). What would you see as an advantage to integration?
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    What do you think (if anything) MDA's will do...

    They do have a good relationship with the ANA.
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    What do you think (if anything) MDA's will do...

    Thus far there methods have been: 1. State level attempts to regulate office based surgery, usually with language that requires an anesthesilogist to supervise if a CRNA is administering the anesthesia. (this is a back door route, if they can get that in it will be easier to argue that CRNA's should never work unsupervised by an anesthesiologist.) 2. Expansion of the AA programs, I think three or four new programs are set to open, and they are working state by state to institute a practice act for AA's as they are not in every state yet. AA's are under the supervision of an anesthesiologist only therefore they appear to be the better choice from a monetary perspective for anesthesiologists. 3. State by state efforts to stop governors from opting out of the supervision requirement. Again, this has little to do with the practice of most CRNA's but, just the implication that supervision is required in one type of practice spills over to others. 4. Increasing the number of anesthesiology graduates Those are just the ones off the top of my head, I am sure there are plenty more. One of the greatest advantages CRNA's have is a VERY strong organization and PAC. The AANA is very proactive, and unlike the ANA they do not roll over to political pressure, they stand up and fight it. I think something like 97% of CRNA's are members which is a strong statement to the value of the organiztion.