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  1. TraumaNurse

    New Mexico practice

    As far as I know the only site that has students is Lovelace. I think there may also be rotations on some of the reservations in AZ and NM. If you are interested in ABQ or Santa Fe, the environment is not really pro-CRNA. It is very MDA heavy. The CRNAs are not given much autonomy and the pay is poor. Of course, if you are looking to work in a more rural area, then the pay is much better and you all the autonomy you could ask for (you are it!) I was considering going back to ABQ myself, but the job market was very disappointing. There are jobs, but the practice and pay are limited.
  2. TraumaNurse

    Your school selection- your career?

    It makes absolutely no difference where you get your training as far as getting a job when your done. No one actually cares where you went to school. If you made it through an accredited program and pass the certification exam, you will be a CRNA and that's ALL that matters.
  3. TraumaNurse

    Am I thinking too big??

    Your only limitations are those that you put on yourself. You are young and can do anything you want. The director of my old program started in the OR as a Scrub tech, Became and LPN, RN, then BSN, CRNA/MSN and soon to be PhEd. No, you are not thinking too big...go for it.
  4. TraumaNurse

    Hours that you work ?

    I work two 12 hr shifts (7a-7:30p) and two 8 hrs (7-3:30). My call requires a 48 hr in-house weekend every 7 weeks. (7a on Sat to 7a on Mon). I am only responsible for cases in the OR and intubations/codes on the floor. The Docs cover OB so MOST weekend nights I will get some sleep. I work for a great group and they pay me well, so I can't complain!
  5. TraumaNurse

    UMDNJ here i come!

    The interview at Our Lady of Lourdes Anesthesia program is now in panel format. They bring in each candidate individually to meet with the panel that consists of the Director and Asst. Director of the program, the Medical Director, the Director of Drexel's program and sometimes a couple more CRNAs or MDAs. They ask typical admission questions " Why do you want to be a CRNA?" ect. and some clinical questions on hemodynamics ect. Potential students then take an exam that is a mix of ICU type clinical questions. The exam is not really used in the decision unless they need a tie-breaker. The exam is really hard and most people do not do well.(which is expected) Then, candidates spend some time with a couple of student reps to ask questions and get the "REAL" story about the program. I spent the past 2 years as a rep. I think the program is as good as any. As with all programs, they have there weaknesses but also their strengths. You will get excellent clinical experience and become independant very early. THe CRNAs there are excellent and the Docs as well. They have added some new clinical sites which has improved the variety of experience and allowed them to accept more students. In my opinion, the biggest weakness is lack of good pediatric experience. I met my numbers but not by much, so I'm not that comfortable with kids. But overall, I felt I got an excellent education. I felt prepared for boards and passed without too much stress. There will always be people who love their program and others who hate it. If you keep a positive attitude and suck it up when things are going your way, you will do fine. So far, my class has a 100% pass rate on the boards! I can't complain. PM me if you have specific questions.
  6. TraumaNurse

    I Passed!!!

    That's awsome, Vinny! Congrats! You had a great attitude towards the whole thing and it paid off...cudos!
  7. TraumaNurse

    where do i go from here?

    Go straight to ICU if you can. Even if you are in a high acuity ER, you may limit yourself to which schools you can apply to if you have only ER. ALL schools accept ICU, not all accept ER. Getting the ER experience will give you no real advantage when you transfer to the ICU so go to ICU ASAP and get as much out of it as you can. Take classes, get as many courses and certifications as you can, become an ACLS instructor etc...gain valuable critical care experience and then apply to CRNA school.
  8. TraumaNurse


    Where in NJ?
  9. TraumaNurse

    magazine article about addiction

    Although this article had some valid points. I think they were WAY off base for most of the article. I think it's this type of poor journalism that puts a lot of misinformation out to the general public. Yes, drug abuse in anesthesia is a legitmate problem. But the article makes it sound like all anesthesia providers are junkies. This couldn't be farther from the truth. THey also go so far as to suggest that people "request" 80% O2 and 20% Nitrous in order to decrease PONV and to request ropivacaine instead of bupivacaine because it is less cardio-toxic. They also say people should request a skin test prior to any anesthesia to determine if they MAY have a allergic reaction to a specific local anesthetic. In my opinion, to suggest to a lay person what to request as their anesthetic is ridiculous and unsafe. Anesthesia providers spend years learning about physiology, pathophysiology, chemistry and pharmacology as well as ANESTHESIA. The trained anesthetist should be the one to determine the best choice of anesthetic for a patient based on each persons individual needs. If a person has a concern, they should speak with the anesthesia provider prior to surgery, not walk in there and make specific requests based on misinformation. I am writing a letter to Mens Health to suggest they be a little more careful in the information they are putting in their magazine. Although I don't take the material written in Men's Health as serious medical advice, many people out there may actually take it a little too seriously.
  10. TraumaNurse

    I Passed!!

    I basically just studied the Valley materials. I read the sweat book once thoroughly and then a second time just reviewing the bolded and highlighted material. I also read through the memory master as much as possible and the mixed reviews. A friend had sent me a copy of all the lightening bolts and bullets from MM that someone had taken the time to put into Word format. I read through those a couple of times. I also, bought the Prodigy practice tests and did those a couple of times each. I studied for 1 month. The first two weeks was leisurely reading at a local coffee shop for a about 2 hrs a day, sometimes 3. In the last 2 weeks, I went into panic mode and put in about 6 hrs a day. I took weekends off of studying to be with the family except the last weekend before my exam. I had my results in 15 days. My only advice is...don't freak out when you see really hard questions that you have no idea what they are asking. The answers will sometimes be obvious but others you have to work through your knowledge of several areas to come up with an educated guess! I acutally knew about 50% or less of the answers. For at least another 25% I could narrow it down to 2 answers and then had to guess. The rest was a total crap shoot! Good luck.
  11. TraumaNurse

    I Passed!!

    Thanks everyone. Was it worth it? ABSOLUTELY!!!!
  12. TraumaNurse

    I Passed!!

    Hey Everyone, Just wanted to let you know that I found out last Friday that I passed my certification exam and can now officially sign CRNA after my name! It's finally time to pay back the debt!!!!
  13. TraumaNurse

    Do CRNAs exist in Canada?!?

    No CRNAs in Canada. Anesthesia in Canada is done by MDAs and GP's with special training in anesthesia. There is a huge shortage of anesthesia providers in Canada, especially in rural areas, and I know some places are looking at CRNAs as a possible solution. I read an article about the possibility of bringing CRNAs to Ontario but I think it is a long way off. Also, because the environmnet in Canada has been pro-MD and anti-advance practice nursing, I think it would be a tough sell. Autonomy and salary would never compare to here in the US. My advice, if you really want to be a CRNA, you could live near the border in Canada and commute to the US for work. Being Canadian, I had to decide whether I ever wanted to go back home before I went to CRNA school. Choosing a career as a CRNA meant I would most likely live here indefinitely. I miss home sometimes but have never regretted my decision.
  14. TraumaNurse

    SEE Exam

    I think the SEE exam gives you a good idea of where your knowledge base is. Our program requires us to take it but they also pay for it. We are enouraged to take it completely cold (without studying at all) to see where we are and where we need to focus. I did okay (considering I did't study and hadn't yet covered some material in class) but not great. It was helpful to show me where I was really weak. My SEE exam was really hard and so were the boards. I worked harder on my weak areas as determined by the SEE exam which did help me for my boards. I'm not sure if your results on the SEE are a reflection of how you will do on your boards but I think it is useful to help you study. A lot of the SEE questions were similar to the types of questions I had on my boards. I found both tests to be difficult. That said, there is NO stress involved with the SEE since it is no big deal if you mess up. The boards are a different story.....
  15. TraumaNurse

    Where are you from?

    Wow, more Newfies on the board! I graduated from GHSN in 1995 (I grew up in St. John's). Moved to Texas that summer and have lived in TX, NM, NH, MD and now NJ. I finished my BSN here in the US and just finished my MSN in Nurse Anesthesia.
  16. TraumaNurse

    Crna = Mda?!

    jkid, If you want to be a physician, then plan ahead to do what you need to to get into med school. Find out from a career counselor what courses you will need to take to get you going in the right direction. At the same time. Do more research on becoming a nurse and then eventually a nurse anesthetist. That may actually be a more fitting career choice depending on what you want out of life. DO NOT plan on becoming a nurse as a stepping stone to becoming a doctor. They are two different vocations in the healthcare field.