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    CRNA Applications

    If you repeat the exact same course at the same institution, only the higher grade is included in the GPA. If you can score well on the GRE that will help you at programs that use it for admissions.
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    Failing my first advanced anatomy exam

    Are you struggling with the vocabulary? Make sure you review any unfamiliar terms, and make a list with definitions. It’s common to have more than one text, and that will be helpful when it comes time to take boards. Study 6 out of 7 days. If you’re working you should stop and spend the time studying. Get good sleep, some physical activity and relax every day. These are good habits which will help now and throughout the program. Read the text before class, and after reading for 15-20 minutes stop and write down a summary of what you learned. Don’t take too much time on the summary, but you will start reading for comprehension when you do this. Make a list of questions of what you are unclear about. During class listen to see if your questions are answered, if not ask them. After class review and rewrite your notes. A study partner can help some people. Plan in advance what you will review and both prepare. Then meet and explain the more tricky concepts to each other. Both pretend you are writing an exam and write several questions. Don’t use quizlet but write questions from scratch and ask each other the questions. You’ll learn the content well by writing test questions. Its not how you start but how you finish. Developing effective study strategies will pay off. It’s hard work but you can do it. You’ll just need to study smarter!
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    RRT to BSN =CRNA?

    Your RRT background will be a bonus for admission to a CRNA program but you don’t need to keep it active. Analyze ‘Why’ you earned a C in chem. That’s a concern-you will need to earn a B in heavy science courses in a CRNA program. Not all programs have application fees.
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    Advice from experienced RNs please!!!!!

    No one ever comes in my room and changes my anesthetic. I’ve been a nurse for 37 years and a CRNA for 29 and I couldn’t be happier with my career. I truly enjoyed my ICU experience and my anesthesia career both. But I was medically directed 1 year only and even then no one changed my anesthetic.
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    CRNA School, what are my odds?

    A lot of students prefer doctoral degrees at this point. It’s much more challenging as a CRNA to return for a DNAP than for an RN to return for the BSN.
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    CRNA School, what are my odds?

    You’re fine, better than average. There is no credible list of ‘Top 10 programs’. If you’re referring to the US News and World report list that is based entirely on opinions of Program Directors which is obviously a very biased group. They don’t look at anything else so it’s just to sell magazines. A quality program has quality clinical sites, and often is not at a big name university with a big name physician residency program.
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    Go Fund Me

    One other thought, the AANA spent considerable time/money trying to see if AAs could be prevented from calling themselves 'anesthetist' since their title is clearly 'anesthesiologist assistant'. No one can prevent an AA from identifying themselves as 'anesthetist'. So this is the next best thing.
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    Go Fund Me

    "Is it OK for me to refer to you all as "nurse anesthesiologists"? Because it sounds like since "anesthesiologist" is not protected, that it is OK and even appropriate. Am I understanding correctly?" Hard to tell, some will like it, and some CRNAs may not. CRNAs that work for physicians are likely to get push back from them so are more likely to be uncomfortable with it. I had an 'Aha' moment when reading about this over the past few months when I realized that many people don't think that 'anesthesiologist' means physician. Through my career I've been referred to as an 'anesthesiologist' several times by people who clearly were aware that I am a nurse. Then I realized they didn't see 'nurse' and 'anesthesiologist' as mutually exclusive, they think I can be both. The most important reason to support 'nurse anesthesiologist' is the systematic campaign to have AA = CRNA. AA is now CAA, and they identify themselves as 'anesthetist', and policy makers are told AA = CRNA. So we must clearly communicate that this is not accurate. In some practices CRNAs are limited to the scope/function of the AAs, but the professions are different. We want everyone to know we are 'nurses' and 'anesthesiologists'. There are physician anesthesiologists, dental anesthesiologists, veterinarian anesthesiologists and nurse anesthesiologists. This is not about CRNAs wanting to be 'physicians' it's about CRNAs wanting to be recognized as nurses who specialized in the advanced practice of anesthesia.
  9. loveanesthesia

    After getting into CRNA School, What's next?

    Save as much money as possible.
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    Future CRNA

    Yes I’m a CRNA. I worked 5 years in ICUs and think that is very important as a basis for anesthesia. It’s not too common for ICU patients to come to the OR but when they do I’m still thankful for my solid experience with caring for all kinds of very sick patients. I also saved money and graduated owing less than half my first years salary. Can you get in with a year experience? Probably but there are trade offs.
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    Future CRNA

    You’ve picked a great career. My advice to get from here to there-learn as much as you can always. If your GPA is a 3.5 it’s easier to get in, but you’ll make it with a 3.2 and even a 3.0 if you look at all schools. You should think about why your GPA is 3.2 or less though if that’s you. Programs are tough and you need to be prepared to put the work in. GRE of 300 is typical but a lot of programs accept 290, although they may not advertise it. Especially an applicant who’s been out of school for awhile. As for the financial part, work in a busy ICU for 3 years and work as much OT as you can. You’ll learn a lot, helps with references and save money. Save $75-100k. If your significant other will cover rent while you’re in school and you start with savings try to go as long as possible without loans. Even the first 6 months will help a lot. Grad loans start to accrue interest immediately so delaying that is helpful. Then live cheap for 3 years after graduation and pay them off. So 9 years from now you can be a debt free CRNA.
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    Which science courses to improve CRNA application?

    You’re fine, take the GRE and score well.
  13. loveanesthesia

    Will my stats get me into school?

    Programs that require the GRE will consider you a good applicant.
  14. loveanesthesia

    DNAP vs DNP With a Specialization in Anesthesia

    I agree with Shanimal. Some DNP nurse anesthesia programs may prefer faculty with an DNP, but some DNAP programs may prefer DNAP faculty. In general programs have a hard time finding good faculty, so they are looking for a good fit. As for curriculum, the DNAP programs have more flexibility because they don't have to follow the nursing accreditors. Currently programs are struggling with all the required nonanesthesia courses in some DNP programs and how that is affecting their NCE pass rate. Some are switching the DNAP so that they can control the curriculum more.
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    Admission advice

    Yes, most programs will consider taking a year off after only 1 year of experience a major negative. Plan to work a minimum of a year after you return before you apply.