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dfk RN, CRNA

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dfk has 11 years experience as a RN, CRNA and specializes in Critical Care, Emergency.


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  1. dfk

    Do crna's wear lab coats?

    so, nobody sees wearing scrubs (from the OR/hospital to the outside world i.e. public transportation, grocery stores, etc.) a public health risk/concern? there's more on scrubs after a day's work than changing a diaper, etc.. you all are misinformed and delusional to believe otherwise. if i was on the public health police force, i'd give any and everyone a summons for wearing scrubs when leaving the hospital. no reason for it. period.
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    PA to CRNA

    can you cite some "pretty well established" references? last i knew, you are held to the standards you are hired for. for example, if i'm a crna and work as an EMT-B, i can only perform those duties. so, i disagree.. it depends on the facility and role in which you were hired in. dino kattato crna
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    EKG training and ACLS

    hey surgical hrt rn, in no way does one need ekg certification (which, imo, means nothing unless you even remotely become proficient in not only knowing the geography of reading an ekg, but knowing and understanding axis deviation, r-r', qtc, etc...) to work in the icu. what one learns in acls is more than adequate to recognize the two main lethal arrythmias, vt and vf. also, can you reference the legality of "reading" an ekg without certification? jcaho?? c'mon, they aren't even clinicians that run the commission, so i don't hold much water for them. and also again, even if you "read" the ekg, chances are the md will be making the ultimate decision. so, in short, i disagree with what you say re: 12 lead certification. dfk crna
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    CVP Line Question

    with PPV (positive pressure ventilation), there's a difference in intrathoracic/intrapulmonary/intrapleural pressures. all these can/will affect true CVP readings. this differs in the patient who is (SV) spontaneously ventilating. there is less compression of vessels and more venous return in the SV pt, hence readings will differ.
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    MSN vs MNA vs MSNA

    your number one is partially correct. you do not need an MSN to further obtain a PhD. essentially any master's degree will/can get you into PhD program, provided you're a strong candidate.
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    Floor nursing vs ICU nursing

    hey teila, while i don't disagree with much of your post, i have to rebut just a tad. since i am in the field, and yes, i am male, i have to say: according to the AANA, 42% of the 37,000 nurse anesthetists and student nurse anesthetists are male compared to only 8% of nursing as a whole. now, that's not to say that it isn't climbing, because it is.
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    BSN to D.O. or M.D.

    i'm graduating in 114 days. do it. well worth it, not even about the money. shadow first, school later. i thought MD, but after all the experience and shite i've seen with residents and med students, fuggeddaboudit... medicine is a lost art in some sense, and will be lost even further. it's too bad. you learn more in med school/residency than any other profession with respect to medicine and well-being of the individual. with that, don't regret anything you do...!
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    Why would anyone do this? ACNP + CRNA

    not saying that NP experience wouldn't apply, but is definitely more limiting.. not many schools "consider" NP as current acute care bed-side experience.. make sure you check with the school before going any further...
  9. the AANA (american association of nurse anesthetists) has a website, which is always being updated, that provides much current and relevant information and great links that can answer MANY questions. it also gives a breakdown of each accredited school.
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    **Should I switch hospitals for better experience??**

    sounds like your current experience is somewhat limiting. it's ok to not have great experience with swans or ICPs. what's important is the sickest patients with many vasoactive drips. swans will come and go for the most part, especially if you don't work in a CVICU (post CABG unit). knowing swan numbers and the reasoning behind it is really what's important. ICP, well, you can take it or leave it. you won't be putting them in as a CRNA, so just basically know what's too high/too low. the rest, you will learn. so, my advice is it sounds like you have a great opportunity, which i would choose. the experience is a great factor that ad-coms like to see. i did similar, i moved 240 miles from hometown to NYC to get better experience in a SICU. worked for me. good luck- p.s. get your CCRN - great for hemodynamics/physiology/pharmacology..
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    Which path to take?

    according to their website, it still is the case. as stated, it does matter where you are geographically. it's best to check with them for which areas/hospitals qualify, which i think is why they have the application process.
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    Which path to take?

    this is not actually true. one of the qualifications, as i recall, is you have to work in a facility that basically serves the poorest of the poor, indigent, etc... essentially the underserved.
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    Some answers please, about CRNA school

    by starting work in june, that will give you over a year experience by the time school starts in 2009. others have done it the same way as you have inquired about. of course, just over one yr is by far on the lower end of years of experience within the applicant pool. your best bet would be to contact the program(s) you are interested and inquire to them what you have here. obviously, some of your questions just can't be answered at this time. but one for sure, there will most definitely not be a shortage of jobs as a CRNA in the near or not so near future. any specific questions about albany, drop me a p.m.
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    What went wrong????

    gre is just part of the package. 1100 is not really bad at all. i got in with less than my school's minimum, but must've made up for it in other ways.
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    ER Only Background for CRNA??

    hey joe, i'm assuming you mean "retentive"... otherwise, OUCH!!!
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    Can you work PT

    you can try, but it's highly ill advised..