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Trauma Tom

Trauma Tom

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Trauma Tom specializes in SICU, Anesthesia.

Just recently became a registered nurse

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  1. Trauma Tom

    Crna Boards

    It's official. I just got my letter from the CCNA that I passed my certification exam. I can now add the intials CRNA after my name. It took me three weeks to get my results. Good luck to those who will be taking their exam soon and those who are waiting to hear results.
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    Crna Boards

    Sprout, Thanks for getting back to me. Sorry I haven't stayed in touch. I've been very busy studying. Started work on Monday and completed my two days of orientation with human resources. Today was my first day in the OR after finishing school September 29th. Still no board results. I just checked Fedex's website and still no search results. Maybe it will show up later tonight. Hope all is going well with you. I will let you know when I get results. Tom
  3. Trauma Tom

    Crna Boards

    Sprout, I took my certification exam last Thursday and I am trying to be patient, however that is easier said than done. Would you give more information about how to do a reverse search on Fedex's website? I will let you know when I get my results. Tom
  4. ADN Program 3.25 GPA BSN Program 4.0 GPA Samford University SRNA GPA 3.92 GRE 700 Quantitative, 600 Verbal and 5/6 on Analytical 1 year Trauma/SICU Level One Trauma Center Applied to UAB, Medical College of Georgia, Gooding Institute, MTSA and Samford. Accepted at MTSA and Samford. Alternate at Gooding and MCG. Interview at UAB but shot down. I am just starting clinicals and love it. It is well worth all of the hard work. Good luck to those applying. My stats are not typical for my class. Some with better grades, some worse. Some better GRE's some lower. I along with others in my class only have 1 year of experience, however we have some who have been nurses for almost ten years. No one is a perfect applicant. If you have any doubts about your chances, my advice is to apply anyway. Once you get the interview it is how well you do in the interview that will get you a slot.
  5. Anyone know how to create an post a poll? I am a SRNA and am interested in creating a poll on this site. I cannot find where the information about how to create and post the poll is located. I also want to make sure I am not violating any rules in conducting the poll. Any help would be appreciated.
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    CRNAs in Florida to require anesthesiologist supervision

    Deepz, I have a question concerning the bill in Florida. Did the senate vote on the bill and it was defeated or did they not vote at all? If they did not vote does the bill come up for presentation during the next session or does it have to start the process all over again? Thanks to anyone who can shed some light here.
  7. Trauma Tom

    First week of class for SRNA

    I would suggest getting into a study group. Prior to CRNA school I never studied in a group. I always did better studying on my own. However, for me CRNA school has been different. There is so much material it helps if you can get in a group of four or five students who are very dedicated and team players. This way you can compare notes and make up a master list of notes for your entire group to study from. I have found that this has helped me immensely. I would make sure your group is not too large and that everyone in the group is dedicated to making the group as strong as it can be. Good luck.
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    CRNA vs. MDA - pros and cons

    I am presently a SRNA so I have not worked as a CRNA or as an MDA. I would advise you to spend some time working with a CRNA and a MDA. While they both administer anesthesia, you will note than more often than not the MDA is involved in the supervision of multiple anesthetists, whether CRNA or AA. I find the idea of working with one patient at a time, and the ability to follow them from the initial assessment to the end of their surgery and carry them through to discharge very rewarding. MDA's can certainly do this as well if practicing in areas where they are giving direct patient care instead of supervision. In spending time with MDA's you will get some idea of the time they spend in their training and you can determine if the sacrifices are worth the benefits. CRNA school is no day in the park either, and will require sacrifices as well. I think you are wise to consider both at your age. One of my reasons for pursuing the CRNA route as opposed to MDA route was my age. I did not feel that at my age, 50, that it made sense to invest in the extra time and cost to go the MDA route as I did not feel that I could recoup my investment. Nor did I see the advantage in supervision when I preferred to be doing direct patient care. As a CRNA I will have the opportunity to practice independently. A big plus for an advanced practice nurse. For you, since nursing school is behind you, the decision will be about 1 year+ of ICU time along with 24-36 months of anesthesia school. In the future I think you will see many if not all CRNA schools increasing the time for school to 36 months for a Doctorate of Nurse Anesthesia Practice. Either way you will be looking at close to 4 years before becoming a CRNA. For the MDA route you have another 8 years four years of medical school and four years of residency. It also may also be beneficial for you to work a year or two as a nurse before deciding as you may see you either love or hate being a nurse. Keep in mind though the difference in your practice as an ICU nurse and the difference in practicing as a CRNA are worlds apart. Good luck whichever way you decide to go. Trauma Tom
  9. Trauma Tom

    ICU's in GA

    While I agree with some of what rn29306 said about Grady I do not totally agree with everything. I am an SRNA and worked at Grady for over 2 years. Six months in the ER as a nurse extern and then 4 months in the SICU as a nurse extern prior to working there as a RN. I agree that the work in the ER can cause burnout and the turnover is high there. The units are a different matter. As far as number of admissions in the ER is concerned, I do not feel the number of admissions is as important as the acuity of the patients you are going to see. Without a doubt, whether in the MICU, SICU or burn units, the sickest of the sickest are in the units at Grady. If you are an adrenaline junkie, you will find no other place like Grady in Atlanta. However, Grady has its fair share of problems. When I worked in SICU I never experienced the kind of problems that the floor nurses or ER nurses experienced. I liked the SICU because we got the trauma, open hearts, as well as some overflow from MICU. We also got a ton of experience in Neuro. We were well paid and most of the time we were fully staffed. Plenty of opportunity for overtime if you wanted it. However, there are other units in Atlanta that give good experience as well. I would check out Emory's transplant unit as well as the heart unit. I also would check into Atlanta Medical Center. They get a lot of the overflow from Grady for some trauma patients. You need to go where you are going to get a lot of experience with ventilated patients, on multiple drips with as much exposure to invasive monitoring as possible. Between, Emory, Grady, and AMC I feel that you will get all you need. Another advantage to these three hospitals is that they are teaching hospitals, so there is a learning environment. I know of numerous individuals, from all three of these hospitals, who were admitted to anesthesia school. I personally loved working at Grady and am seriously considering returning there when I finish school. Despite its problems I enjoyed it. It seems to get in your blood. However, Grady is not for everyone. In my experience you either love Grady, or hate it. There doesn't seem to be any in between. Good luck whichever way you decide to go.
  10. Trauma Tom

    Hard Core Science Degree plus ADN vs. BSN

    I was in a similar situation. I went the ADN route and finshed in 15 months. I then went to work obtaining my ICU experience. While I was working I obtained my BSN on line and let my hospital pay for it. I agree with the advice about talking to program directors at schools you want to apply to. Keep in mind that without the BSN you are slightly limited as to where you can apply. In addition, if you ever want to teach at a program that awards the MSN, you need the MSN, not the MSNA. Whatever you ultimately decide I would pass on the $40,00000 BSN now in favor of the ADN.
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    On The Heels of Trauma Tom

    Well said. Good luck to you. Trauma Tom
  12. Trauma Tom

    Congratulations to...

    Congratulations, it is well deserved. I am only 9 months through our 28 month program and I can only say I am envious that you are finished. Although I am enjoying my program immensely, the amount of material that we must learn in such a small amount of time seems at times overwhelming. It gives us all comfort when we hear of those who pass their boards. Again, congratulations. Please stay in touch.
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    38 too old for school?

    Please excuse my classmate, Sproutsfriend, he is easily confused. You see our school has an equal opportunity policy, and as such they will make any reasonable adjustments to accommodate those students who are challenged, including those who are neurologically challenged. I know for a fact that Sproutsfriend's age is within 10 years of my own. In fact, when I asked him why he wanted to go to CRNA School at his age, he replied, "I thought it was a school for the Cantankerous Retired Nurses of Alabama."
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    Chances of getting accepted

    I would not worry about not having completed your BSN by the time you apply. There are schools who will interview you and accept pending completion of the BSN. There are others who want you to complete it prior to the application. I would apply anyway. You never know, you may get an interview. This happened to me. I applied to a school that required the BSN prior to application. I did not think I would get an interview, however I wanted to try anyway as I was really impressed with the school. I was granted an interview and was excited about the school, however I was told during the interview that I probably would not get in due to my not having completed the BSN. I was disappointed, however I got placed on the alternate list. Two weeks later they called and offered me acceptance, pending completion of my BSN. I completed my BSN in May of 2004 and started CRNA school in June of 2004. So you never know. I beleive if it is meant to be, things will work out for you just fine. Good luck. Trauma Tom
  15. Trauma Tom

    I Got In!!!

    Qwiktofeat, First and foremost let me congratulate you on your acceptance to Samford. I hope you enjoy Samford as much as I do. As for sproutsfriend's comments, try to ignore them. He's just jealous that no one will carry his books for him. Although it might be due to the fact he keeps a library of books in the trunk of his car.
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    What is up with CRNA/AA/MDA politics.

    Loisane, Very interesting. It never occured to me that MDA's perspective on collaboration would be different than our own. One of my main reasons for becoming a CRNA, besides all of the obvoius reasons that have been repeated numerous times on this board, was the enhanced role of the CRNA in dealing with patient care. Your statement that "The 'ologists don't really see us as different from other non-specialized nurses, while CRNAs perceive the difference to be quite significant," drives home a point that I really was not aware of. I just assumed that anesthesologists did see us different from other non-specialized nurses. If in fact they don't, it becomes easier to understand their treatment of us in the past. While this does not excuse their behavior in the past, I can now begun to understand it. Tenesma, I would be interested for you to comment on this if you are so inclined. Trauma Tom

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