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    Too personal to mention in the interview??

    I agree. Because the event defined you professionally, it is worthy of mention. It also lets the ADCOM know your heart and soul are truly in this endeavor. Btw. I speak from experience. I also lost my son and my experiences with him are why I went into nursing and am now in anesth. school. SS
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    Why would you place a OGT and give zofran in the middle of a surgery?

    Well, as I'm sure you're well aware, there are no guarantees. However there are things that may decrease the risk. Like: strict NPO prior, triple treat (reglan, pepcid, bicitra) before surgery per pt condition, NGT intraoperatively, zofran given intraop, cricoid pressure at intubation, making sure the pt is optimized before surgery, not giving food/drink to a person with questionable airway reflexes postop (my favorite - you'd think it would be a no-brainer, but...), etc... ss
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    Why would you place a OGT and give zofran in the middle of a surgery?

    Yes. It could be indicated in a non-abdominal surgery. There is always the possibility of air in the stomach with manual ventilation. Or, if the tube was dropped down the esophagus by accident at the beginning and the pt was re-intubated. Stomach decompression may be done in an attempt to decrease intra-abdominal pressure to aid in venous return. Or....the pt may have a history of significant post-op nausea and vomiting. Or....the pt may have regurged some stomach contents at intubation and the provider wanted to prevent that from happening again at extubation. There are a number of reasons to do this. My list is not exhaustive. Hope that helps some. SS
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    Possible to commute?

    Been there, done it. Yes, it is possible. 1 hr 35 min. each way. ss
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    Why would you place a OGT and give zofran in the middle of a surgery?

    I drop an OGT for stomach decompression to help out the surgery when indicated and give Zofran for post-op N/V...takes a while to kick in. SS
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    Difference between Nurse Anesthesia School and Nursing School???

    Poke around in the messages on this board and your question will certainly be answered. There are a couple that are "a day in the life of an SRNA" kind of things. They should give you some reality of it. For me 20 hour days between class, clinical, and studying are not abnormal. And, my bed is usually the only thing I lust after. SS
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    Anyone going to UT - Chatt?

    Congratulations!!! I'm so happy for you! There is a good chance we already met. I made sure to be present for every interview group. A couple of groups only got a few minutes of my time between cases in the OR. PM me and I'll be happy to help out! SS
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    VENT.....transferred out of icu 6 weeks into orientation.

    I started in CVICU as a new nurse. It was so stressful that I cried on the way IN to work for about a month or so. There are some incredibly strong personalities in the ICU setting. Not that you don't find them elsewhere, but ICU's are generally known for it. It takes a bit for your skin to thicken and others to generally trust you. The big issue is that there are MANY opportunities in the ICU to make a "little" mistake and kill someone. That being said, the potassium-enriched fluid is an issue. Granted diluted like that, it shouldn't be dramatic, but potassium can kill. Get very familiar with your fluids. LR also has potassium in it (btw, just fyi). In the ICU, fluids are one of your main resources. I agree that your ICU does not sound new grad friendly. Maybe you would be better off out of that environment until you get your feet under you. I am in no way saying that maybe you can't handle it. From your description, it really sounds like your potential has been squashed there, for the most part. If you stayed there, you wouldn't just have to not make mistakes, you would have to be a superstar to win them over. It is possible and I've seen it happen. Obviously, the choice may not be yours, but, at times, life gives us exactly what we need. Good luck, SS - SRNA
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    UT Chatt interview

    I love the program. I'm more than happy I'm here. I did not use any particular med sheet to prepare. I got my CCRN the year before and used that study book to prepare. I also just started looking up the meds and the issues that I handled in the unit as I got them. Good info to know: When looking up info on meds, focus less on dosing and more on the effects, the indications, and the cellular level of functioning... i.e. does it work on alpha or beta receptors. For that matter, know what those receptors affect in general and where in the body. ss
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    UT Chatt interview

    The last count I heard was 60-70ish interviews for 20-something positions. I don't know, for sure, when they'll let everyone know. Last year, it was within a couple of weeks.
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    UT Chatt interview

    First off, congrats. I'm in the program now. There are a number of interviewers in the panel and they will meet with you all together. They will usually ask you a couple of get to know you questions and then they use your answers to go from there. Therefore, don't bring up anything you don't want to talk in depth about. By in depth, I mean down to the cellular level. Now, they could throw a curve ball at you with any question, but for the most part, your answers drive the show. Most importantly, make it clear you would do anything to be there/a CRNA. They see the best of the best all the time. They're looking for skill, inteligence, calm and motivation. And ALWAYS fess up when you don't know an answer. You will be kicked to the curb if you bs an answer. They don't want to risk any students in their program bs-ing their way in the OR so they cut 'em off at the pass here. Good luck. Maybe I will see you Thursday. SS
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    Does it take a certain personality type to become a CRNA?

    I would certainly say that this guy you're talking about is not representative of the "typical" CRNA type. Yes, you will always find a strong personality out there. However, a personality like the one you describe is more likely to get you out of a program or prevent you from getting in than it is to get you ahead. Type A is a pretty good description of most of us in programs. You have to be or you really won't survive the brutal demands time, energy, and emotion - wise. You need to not worry about what you would be up against with your classmates in a program. Once you're in, it doesn't work like that...you're in and you just need to continue to prove you deserve to be there. You aren't in competition with your classmates. My guess is if this guy you're talking about has that strong of a personality, the admission committees would smell it a mile away and not like it. Experienced, driven, intelligent, humble, sure, and strong are the descriptors I would use to paint a verbal picture of those generally chosen for nurse anesthesia programs. Good luck and just do everything to show ad-coms that this is what you are meant to be doing! SS
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    did anyone apply to UTC in Chattanooga?

    Word is somewhere around 60 interviews. Could be a little higher. Class size will be about 25. Congrats on getting your letters. Maybe I'll see you at your interview. SS
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    did anyone apply to UTC in Chattanooga?

    That''s what I heard, too.
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    did anyone apply to UTC in Chattanooga?

    Good luck, you guys. I'm currently in the program. I don't know for sure when the interviews are supposed to happen. I heard rumors of having everything done and acceptance letters out by the end of October. Don't quote me on that, though. The interviews are tough. But, that is to be expected at any school. If you have surfed through the board here, you have probably seen a sage bit of advice quite frequently: If you don't want to talk about it in detail, don't bring it up. What ever you do discuss, be ready to discuss in fine detail. For example, with medications, know them intimately down to what receptors they act on (alpha adrenergic, beta-1 or 2 adrenergic, etc...) and what effects these ellicit. This goes for disease processes you encounter in your patient populations, as well. Know that you will probably experience one of the most nerve-wracking moments of your life, but you will survive. It is very important to KEEP YOUR COOL during the interview. Don't freak out and if you don't know something, TELL THEM SO! Like many have said before me, adcoms can smell bs a mile away and they hate big heads. If possible, try to let them see your personality. I know this all sounds fairly vague, but that is what the interview is like...vague and from any direction. I really enjoy this program, the faculty have been nothing but nice, supportive and encouraging. Like I said, good luck! SS
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    CRNA vs. anesthesiologist

    Thank you!