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Be_Moore has 5 years experience and specializes in Pulmonary, MICU.

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  1. Just wanted to add in to this that Google Drive is cheaper on all plans, and offers more free storage up front (at 5gb). So just to let everyone know that there is a very solid competitor to drop box that is cheaper. It's what I use for backing up all of my files (also finishing my first year of CRNA school). But whatever you do, do use a file backup system. You'll probably want that stuff until you pass boards.
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    Wesleyan Crna interview math test

    I didn't have a math test in my interview, exactly. I was asked questions about gas laws (why they expected me to know this, I have no idea). ABG interpretation and being able to calculate an anion gap from a chem7 is also essential. Other than being asked about the partial pressure of gases at room air and needing to calculate an AG, there wasn't any other "math." Mostly just "numbers" (ABG interp, PA Cath numbers, etc).
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    CRNA, Steps to get there

    It's all about the job experience. A job in a busy/large ICU will be much more impressive on a resume than a job in a small ICU that transfers its sick patients to larger hospitals. CRNA schools love applicants from teaching facilities (university hospitals) and Level I trauma centers. To help get an ICU job as a new-grad, I mirror the above recommendation of getting a job as a nurses aide while a student. This gets your foot in the door. If you do a great job as a tech, the manager will be more apt to hire you as an RN than an outside applicant since you already know the unit. Otherwise, new grad jobs are tough to come by in the ICU.
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    Texas Wesleyan - Mobile, AL site satellite program??

    I don't know anything about a math requirement, but it could be. Here's how the TWU interview works. You will interview with a panel of people. One of them will be a professor from TWU, one will be a clinical coordinator at your interview site, and the rest will likely be CRNA's and possibly an MDA from that facility. At my interview in Denver, there was minimal math. I had to calculate an anion gap from a Chem7, but that was it. That being said, your clinical coordinator could really like questions about math and ask them, but I somehow doubt it will be hardcore stuff. Be able to calculate an anion gap, be able to do dosage calculations on the fly. You should be fine with that...there isn't a lot of calculus in the program. Your best bet would be to find someone who is in the program at your site and can tell you about that specific interview, what was asked, etc, because the questions that come at you will obviously be specific to the person asking, and each site will have different people asking questions.
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    Texas Wesleyan - Mobile, AL site satellite program??

    They don't weigh it that much, I don't believe. I know a person who got an interview (and accepted) with a 900 (old scoring where the minimum requirement was a 1000)...but that person also dropped out in the first semester. It only matters insofar as whether you will get an interview or not. Once you get the interview, it's all about personality and impressing those interviewing you. With your combined score being >300 and having a solid gpa, you are a shoe-in for an interview. Goodluck!
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    Okay, SRNA's, enlighten me.

    I've heard that it is one of the biggest strains on relationships around. I'm lucky in that I don't have kids, but I can see how it would be really tough with them. I don't get to see my girlfriend much, but luckily she is an MD so therefore is very understanding of what I am and will be going through. If it is your passion, go for it! But don't expect life to be easy, and hopefully your partner will understand before hand what will be involved and will be supportive of you throughout the process.
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    Favorite trade journal?

    Hey all,As an SRNA I am thinking forward and wondering what your favorite trade journals are? I'd like to start reading one, something heavy on both science and clinical studies. Doesn't have to be CRNA.specific, just anesthesia specific. Anything that will both help me prepare for clinicals and keep me current in my practice. Thanks!
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    CRNA Satisfaction for Creative Adrenaline-Junkies?

    Well, I'm an SRNA, not a CRNA, but since no one else has responded... Anesthesia doesn't really seem like the adrenaline game, definitely much more of a thinking game. It's been described as 99%/1%. 99% routine and 1% sheer terror when something goes wrong. It's probably realistically more like 99.9% / 0.1%. That being said, there are places you can up the ante, so to speak. Working a community hospital in the middle of nowhere where you are the only anesthesia provider in house (no MDA to belittle you, which to be fair, only happens in hospitals with poor cultures). There you could definitely be exposed to some serious business, getting the page in the middle of the night to help intubate the trauma in the ED and rush him to surgery to stabilize before they fly the patient out to a bigger hospital. Of course, you're also just as likely to get woken up to place an epidural in a pregnant lady or to not get paged at all. Have you ever thought about Acute Care Nurse Practitioner with a focus on ICU? They place lines, intubate, all that nonsense, but still live in the ICU. They admit, round, transfer, discharge, etc. They are sort of like the PA's for Intensivists.
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    How old were you when you started CRNA school?

    I'm guessing that means book smarts. Knows the answers to questions about receptor activation, etc. I'm 27 as a first year. Most of us are probably in the 26-30 range, though there are more than a few 30+ and 40+, and a handful of 50+. And of course the 1 token 24 year old.
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    I have the TNCC and I can say it was a joke. Had about 1 year ICU experience at the time and it's nothing that you don't already know (if you have nursing experience), it's just placed in a format that is kinda new. As far as skills, you just have to do a full assessment and list treatments for any problems found. Nothing new. The CEN, however, will not be a joke. It will probably take a bit of studying. I have my CCRN (equivalent certification, but for ICU) and this level of cert gets specific. Interestingly, the CEN does not have a minimum requirement for experience (but recommends 2 years) or hours worked. It has about a 70% pass rate. Get a good book, and put 1-2 months studying into it. Put more into it if you are a new nurse, less if you are seasoned (5+ years in a Level I or II trauma center and you probably won't even need the book).
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    Advice for applying to KPSAN?

    Hello friends. I plan to apply to CRNA school next year, and KPSAN is my first choice. I'm curious if there is any advice that I could get from any current students, or graduates, about the application process and things I can do to strengthen my resume. The thing about KPSAN that concerns me most is that they don't use the GRE, so it makes me wonder what criteria they look at. Anyone willing to give advice (and/or post their stats for those who were admitted) would be much appreciated. My stats: Overall GPA: 3.3 ICU Experience: Currently have 19 months Medical ICU at a Level I trauma center. Will have over 3 years experience before program starts (shooting for 2012). Previously 14 months floor nursing experience as a charge prior to ICU. GRE (even though it doesn't matter for KPSAN): Can't remember exactly, 1160-1180 with 5.5/6 written. Certifications: All the standards (BLS/ACLS/PALS), CCRN, TNCC, and planning to get my CMC next year (when my hospital gives me more educational money to spend on it). Volunteer experience: Red Cross volunteer CPR instructor. Anything I can do to help out my curriculum vitae? I'm also on a few committees, one doing research on ICU fall rates and prevention (with any luck we will be published before I get accepted), on the Nurse Council as an MICU rep, and am joining the Magnet committee (our hospital is starting the push to go Magnet). KPSAN is my first choice of school, as I was born in SoCal and would love to work my way back there. Add to that nothing but glowing reviews of the program and it's just where I want to be. Thanks!
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    Cool Jobs to do after you gain ER experience

    Critical Care transport, Flight nursing (helicopter or fixed wing).
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    Aline pressure verses cuff in sepsis

    The pressures could be different, but usually you would see the opposite pattern. The fem a-line would have a crap pressure while the brachial cuff pressure would be okay. That's when you are thinking something like aortic dissection. I would almost never trust a cuff pressure if the systolic is reading lower than say..70mmhg. They just lose accuracy really quickly. The first diagnostics you have to check are your square-wave form test on your line. Get a good square? Squiggles not over or under damped? If not, trust your a-line. Perhaps she was mottled and cool because she was so constricted by being maxed on norepi and neo that blood couldn't get to her periphery? Such is the danger of high dose pressors is that it creates a large quantity of core-shunting. And if you have a person on that much support, rare is the case that you will ever have a sat with a waveform...and when you have one, it will usually be off by at least 5% (and usually closer to 12%) in my experience.
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    Anesthesia for Dummies???

    I second the previous post. They are going to ask critical care related questions, not so much anesthesia related questions. Get a good CCRN book and read that. If you can pass your CCRN before interviews, that would be optimal. Passing your CCRN means you are probably pretty prepared for the questions at the interview. Also, don't be afraid to admit that you don't know the answers to their questions. You will get interviewed by a panel of people who know way more about everything than you do, and they are looking to humble you. They will ask you questions, and then more specific and harder questions, until you crack. It's not that they are trying to embarrass you, it's just they want to find out how much you know and also how you respond under pressure. So do your best, but don't try to BS them as they will see right through it. Just keep your cool, answer the questions you know the answers to, and let them know when they've stumped you. And good luck.
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    Lesser Known "Post bedside RN" Jobs?

    Nurse Informatics. Designing and implementing computerized systems. critical care nursing perspective is invaluable in that area.
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    Very confused about nursing programs

    1) Either satisfy them all or find the most common themes between them and pick the route in which you will satisfy most of them. Most nursing schools run very similar pre-req patterns anyway. 2)Did 2 years of pre-med Chem first, so 6 hours physics, 8 hours general chem, 10 hours o-chem, calculus, zoology I and II, micro, a&p 1 and 2, english comp, psychology, sociology. Then decided to change to nursing, so I did my english lit, anthropology, music appreciation. I'm sure there are more classes that I'm forgetting, but you get the picture. Then nursing school. 3)Refer to question 1. Pick the classes that will satisfy the requirements for most schools as to most efficiently increase your chances of getting accepted. 4) Now. And by that I mean it depends on some factors. For example, my nursing school had no waiting list so I applied the semester before I would start (I applied during summer for that fall). I got accepted conditionally, assuming that I would complete my summer classes (which were pre-reqs).