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  1. MICU RN

    Starting school tomorrow

    Count your blessings my program is 32 months and a semester of that is stuff for a MSN ( GAG). I have been in school for 12 months and still have 20 to go. But the trade off was not having to relocate, I have a family and that would have been very tough on them. So for me it was the right place, it also helps that I received my undergrad. degree from the same university. But if I was single and mobile, I think I would have looked at shorter programs ( 24 months). Although, I can't image how much harderr that would be since you have less time to digest the material.
  2. MICU RN

    CRNA school difficult?

    Volume of material and the advance level of the material. Most of your anesthesia textbooks are written by MDs and are the same ones the anesthesia residents use. However, they have had four years of med school before getting to their resident training. As a SRNA you will have plenty of advance pharm and physiology, but will not have the extensive basic science background that the residents have had while in med school. Therefore, you probably find learning this volume of material very hard as most of us do.
  3. MICU RN

    ATTN: SRNA's with approximately 3.0 to 3.1 GPA

    Trust me if you look hard enough you will probably find a program that will accept you with a 3.0. Especially with all the new programs popping across the nation. Don't get me wrong, there are some extremely competitive programs out there that are very hard to get in, but it seems with the recent influx of new programs that getting in is not as hard as it may seem. However, that is just half the battle the other half is making through once you get accepted. I am starting to think the latter is tougher. I am about 1/3 through and it seems to be getting harder as I go. Good luck and I know a couple of people that have gotten in with low GPA's and seem to be doing all right.
  4. Some of the classes I am taking are at a similar level to medical school classes in my humble opinion. I base this on the fact that I just took some phys. with the medical students at my university (cardio. and resp. phys). However, as hard as the academics are for us in crna school I do think that the two years the medical students spend in there didactic portion is harder because of the overall diversity and depth of their classes. While I feel that the anesthesia pharm. and phys. at my program is at the medical school level, some of the classes are not, especially the grad. nursing courses. However, the bottem line is that crna school is very hard and challenging so be prepared. And I certainly believe if you can do well in crna school that you can could do well in medical school. The biggest difference in grad. school compared to undergrad. is the volume of material. For example, the material for each test I took in that med school phys class was the same as whole semester of material for an undergrad science class.
  5. MICU RN

    Does it Really Matter?

    Don't think it really matters, however I went the ADN/BSN route and wish I would have just got it done in one program. Those two programs were at the same university as the anesthesia school I attend. I felt burned out even before I got to anesthesia school from both school and bedside nursing. So, I would not take that route again but if you feel it is best for you go for it. As I said I don't think it will affect your application when the time comes to apply to crna school.
  6. MICU RN

    Debt Load after CRNA School

    I am glad I am not the only one in the same boat. About 70k not counting the 17k undergrad. debt. I attend a state school and the tut. is reasonable, but the cost of living is what gets you. I also have two little ones at home. The younger you are the less of a concern the debt should becuse you will practice longer and therefore make more of a return on your investment.
  7. MICU RN

    critical care vs floor

    Hard to get away from body fluids while in the ICU, most I have worked in did not have aids. However, I would use it as a motivator to keep me pushing towards my goal of becoming a crna. And once you are a srna and then a crna you are not responsible for cleaning crap. If you want to help that is fine , but not required. Especially if the pt. is still tubed when they have a BM. YOU stay at the head of the bed and protect the airway. The OR nurse may cop an attitude for not wanting to clean the poop, but that is his/her problem. And as for dealing with secretions, well that is what the suction device is for and believe me I would much rather deal with secretions than poop. BUt as others said you basically have to suck it up in the ICU and deal with the crap if you want to get your critical care experience. IF not go be a NP or something else. GOOD LUCK!
  8. MICU RN

    Why CRNA

    I think it is a very good idea that all crna's schools require at least one year of critical care as a RN; not just because you will need at least some background in being around sick people, but also you get a chance to see if critical care is for you. Believe it or not some people find it very stressful and once realizing that would never want the stress that comes with anesthesia managemnet. Most nurses who apply to anesthesia school have worked in critical care areas enough to know if they can or want to handle that kind of stress. However, I have met a couple of medical residents who were in anesthesia and switched and everyone of them cited the stress level was too high. Why is that? I think because most as medical students did not get enough exposure to really sick patients, much less have those types of patient's lives in their hands. So what I am getting at is I don't think it would be good to just jump right into anesthesia school with no critical care exposure. I aslo don't personally agree with the three year BSN/NP programs, however I have met one who graduated from one program and she seems to be doing well. However, I don't quite understand how they can teach a person how to be a bedside nurse and practice medicine in as little as 3 years. It takes at least 4 years of medical school and a three year residency to practice internal medicine or family medicine. And please don't take my comments as being directed at you in a negative way, I am just giving you my humble opion concerning these issues. I wish the best and hope you do try become a crna it can be a very rewarding career.
  9. MICU RN

    CRNA Interview soon

    RLSU4CRNA: I am currently a freshman in the anesthesia program, so I will try to hit the high points of the way they interviewed last year. 1. They were only a few clinical questions, mainly some basic vent questions. 2. The interview seemed to focus on why you wanted to do this and did you understand the commitment that it requires? 3. Do you have a financial plan for you finances to help you get through school? You don't have to show them an actual plan, just verbalize an understanding of how you plan to make while you are are unable to work. (i.e., student loans, money saved, paid of car note ect.) 4. Try to remain calm, the interview does play a big part in getting in, so you don't want to screw it up. 5. Make sure you a current on some important issues crna's are facing today. Such as AA's, states allowing crna's to practice without MD supervision, ect. This covers many of the basic topics of the interview I experienced last year, so good luck and hopefully I will see as new freshman in the fall of 2004.
  10. I agree with Kevin's post. In addition, I can remember last semster while taking an advanced general pharm class, our prof. mentioned that a couple of semesters ago many of the medical students were taking an herbal supp. to improve memory. The feedback from them was that it did not seem to work, I know this is rather antidotal, however, he also mentioned that there was no scientific trial studies to back up the claims. Kevin, brought up some good points, and although I am not a big proponent of gov. regulation, i do feel that these supp.s need to be much better regulated, so that they do not harm the general public.
  11. MICU RN

    44 Years and still Going Strong

    Yoga: You go girl!!! Awesome.
  12. MICU RN

    Another Palm question

    I know this has been talked about before, but i am getting ready to start clinicals this month and am looking at buying a palm based PDA. I have an old IPAQ, but do not like the fact that I can't get many free programs. I am currently looking at the new sony cleo t27 ( digital cam.) I usually don't care for those type of extras , but I have never had a dig. camera and think this may be a good time to try one out. The t27 is only 22.oo more dollars than the sony t25 and the t27 has double the RAM 32. Any input would be appreciated, since I am by no means a computer whiz.
  13. MICU RN

    ER Nurse to CRNA

    If I had to pick one, I would choose an acute ICU area for the reasons just mentioned in the previous reply. I had a well rounded experience (3 years trauma one ER, MICU 18 months, 6 months SICU. While I learned more about grace under fire and thinking on my feet in the ER, you just don't get as many drips and vents in general in the ER, or get to recover sick surgical patients; however having said this, anesthesia is very different than bedside nursing so you will have to start as a novice again, no matter what type of bedside nurse you were. And as mentioned before all programs will accept ICU experience, but not all look favorably at the ER experience especially if it was not a level one trauma ER.
  14. MICU RN


    Last years class (their third) had about a 150 applicants and accepted 40. The application pool this year will probably be larger, although in the anesthesia world that is not bad odds. The strong points, good anesthesia faculity, access to great resources b/c it is housed in a health science center. For example, you have access to the same pharmacology and physiology professors as the medical students. As a matter of fact, you even get a chance to take medical physiology with the med students. And for now LSU does not have a medical anethesia residency program in New Orleans, so you don't have to compete with residents. In addition, the have clinical sites through out the state and even in Miss.; however, some of the lodging does come out of your pocket. Also, the program is one of the longer ones, 32 months and the first semester does consist of some nursing fluff, b/c you do receive a MSN. But the next 27 months are all science classes and clinicals. It is considered an intergrated program, you start your clinicals about 7 months into the program. And you get almost two years of clinicals at a full-time level. If you are state resident tut. is about 7500.00 a year not counting books and a lab top comp. that will be required for the next class. Overall, I think it is a good program and has the potential to be a very good program as it evolves, by the way the rest of the nursing school has an excellent reputation. And the football team is AWESOME!! GO TIGERS!!! PS If anyone has wondered where I have been? WEll lets just say the experience of anesthesia school is everthing you read on this board and more, so back to the books!
  15. MICU RN

    RN Pay

    Twenty something a hour in most parts of the U.S.; Yes, you may have heard of nurses making 70-80k, but that is with plenty of overtime and maybe no benifits. Shadow some RNs before you do anything, also another thing most nursing schools will not tell you is that it takes at leats a master's degree to get to the good nursing and other medical jobs. For example, to become a NP,CRNA, pharmD, PT, or MD. These jobs have much more autonomy, respect and pay than your regular bedside RN positions. The thing I ask most people who are considering the move to being a nurse is are you ok without having plenty of autonomy and calling the shots? If you are not, you will probably never be happy being a nurse. Although, has I mentioned if you get a masters and become a NP or CRNA you have much more autonomy, not to mention you will not have do all the dirty work that comes with bedside nursing. The positives to being a bedside nurse, you play a vital role in the patient's care, job security, wide variety of nursing fields to specialize in, and it is a noble profession. I have the greatest respect for good nurses because it is such a hard and many times thankless job, I just could not accept the lack of autonomy. I just always found myself wanting to learn more and have greater say so in the medical plan, not just carry out the orders of the medical plan. Good luck with your investigation of this profession.
  16. MICU RN

    Stamina, fitness & CRNA stress--how do you manage?

    Also learn to maximize your time, what I do is get on the stationary bike and read my school stuff if I am really squeezed for time. although, I have not started the clinical part of the program, that is coming in March. Now lifting weights, well I have not figured away to combine both of those activities yet. Being flexiable, is also very important, school will have to come first, which means some weeks I will not be able to exercise as much as I would like. But I do think it is very important to try to exercise whenever possible.

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