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  1. tuxedo_1

    Can I get an Interview of a CRNA?

    Feel free to email me questions....
  2. tuxedo_1

    Why so Interested????

    First, the situation is not saturation...it's hospitals cutting back on staff due to the economy. We are working short because of this And the field is not tight and narrow....there are jobs across the country and in a variety of settings...large city, small hospital, independent contracting, CRNA only group...right now, it may seem like jobs arent' abundant, but it's just right now. Not even 6 months ago, I couldn't work the hours that were being offered to me...not enough time in the day. It will change. In addition, if you did some research on the babyboomers, who are on the short path to needing much health care, you will find that our system is in no way ready for that onslaught of numbers. Someone compared it to a garden hose (being the normal flow of people through the system) with a football coming through it (the babyboomers). There are not enough CRNA's in the country to handle this. And depending on where you live, as you stated, the numbers are just average. With the ability to make OT, then the income goes up significantly. I think CRNA's are a focus because many people have the urge to help people, hence the nursing aspect. And, it's a great, complex, health-related career. As far as the other careers you listed, perfusionists are needed but to what extent? Only hospitals that do open-heart...so that narrows the field down greatly, in comparision to CRNA's. Plus, how many are really needed at each hiring hospital? I just don't think the volume of job market is out there for them. As far as pharmacists go, I think people looking at CRNA jobs would think being a pharmacist would be boring. Most looking at CRNA school usually have a type A personality...and want some exicitment and variation. The nursing director positon is another topic. CRNA's are everywhere in nursing administration and education!! I think if someone really wants to go that route, they can become a CRNA, make some great money, do patient care, and still be affiliated with a university....be an instructor or lecture, or even a coordinator for the school. And if you're really motivated, you can get your doctorate and become a program director. It's all there.
  3. tuxedo_1

    First job location?

    They may or may not. Some are great to use, but others can be a little vague, meaning what they tell you may not be what you get. Or they advertise a great salary but when you get to the nuts and bolts, you find that salary number also included benefits and all the extras, so it's not what you would be putting in your pocket. As a new grad, consider a few things. First and foremost, as I said above, look for a place that will over experience. You may not care right now, and just want to get out there, but in the bigger picture, having the ability to adapt to a variety of situations will only make you stronger clinically and more capable in the future. If you have already gone to school at a large teaching facility, then you're already almost there. Now, you would just need AT LEAST 6 months of independent work under your belt. Depending on your school, you may have already been independent for most of your schooling. If that's the case, then you may feel ready to just find a long term home. Another consideration, assuming that you will not stay at this first hospital for more than a few years, remember that you will have the least seniority, meaning that you won't get the best schedule or vacation pics or whatever. That will take a bit. I have found, for me, that my schedule is a big thing...I like to travel, so I like my job because we can work a variety of shifts (anything from 3-5 days a week) which offers a TON of flexibility...I take numerous vacations a year and never use official vacation time. I also like that our department is big enough that when I do get a shift I don't like, I can usually switch it with someone. So, those type of things matter to me. Think about what matters to you....do you want to live near a big city for after-work entertainment? Do you have a family going with you...if so, what are their needs? So, if you are going to start with low seniority, but in the bigger picture, things like schedule and vacations will get better, then you may still want to consider that position. What about US location? Is weather an issue? Or closeness to a large airport for travels? Is working overtime important? Is it offered? And, if it is, how bad is the staffing? Do the CRNA's get regular breaks or are they stuck frequently...meaning not getting morning or lunch breaks and how often are they stuck when it's time to go home? Maybe it would be good to list what you would want in a perfect job, including location and all that. Then start online (gaswork.com) and start a comparison list where you can throw out jobs that are a definite no, then list the others based on what they offer that you like. Bottom line is, once you get your experience, a job is a job. That's not to say you won't love or hate your ultimate position. But, it means that no matter what you end up with, you will still want to go home and enjoy your life.:dance:
  4. tuxedo_1

    Worried about borrowing money?

    Be very careful that you will need the money. When I graduated, I was over $100,000 in debt....and those private, non-govt loans usually have variable interest rates...or at least high %....8.5 don't seem like much, but when you're talking $40,000 or more, it adds up and will be a pain to pay off. Looking back, I wished I had cinched the belt tighter and not taken out so much. It would have been nice to kick back and enjoy life for awhile after school instead of working like crazy to get the loans paid off. Otherwise, it will seem like all you make, is going toward bills. Max out the Stafford loans as those interest rates are the lowest. Anything more, really be sure you need it. Good luck.
  5. tuxedo_1

    First job location?

    Really, there are a ton of areas that would work. Check Texas and Michigan as both are CRNA friendly, and pay well. Texas has no state tax and the housing market is better so maybe there first. I wouldn't recommend N. California. Other areas that are great to work, but the pay scale isn't as high, are the SE states...Carolinas, Virginia, and Kentucky. And, there are some states that you won't find many jobs...Utah, Dakotas, Colorado to name a few. Most importantly, make sure you find a hospital that will provide you with the experience you will need to be able to do everything. Don't limit yourself right out of graduation by going to a small or rural hospital...stick to the big learning centers, that way, when the time comes, you can move where you want, since you will be able to handle everything.
  6. tuxedo_1

    CRNA MS MSN or does it matter

    You can be an instructor with an MSN. Other than that, there is no difference with practice.
  7. tuxedo_1

    CRNA School Selection

    Most of the time, the GRE and essay hold a lot of weight. And, the schools only can pick students based on who applies, so depending on the quality of the pool of applicants, the admissions details can be different. This can mean that if your GRE is high and essay is strong, your GPA may not mean as much. But, if everyone else is the same as you, but better GPA, then they would probably be accepted first.
  8. You have to have a BSN to get into anesthesia school. And the grade point they will look at will be for the prereq's...all prereq's have to be within last 5-10 yrs of applying. And, an overall. Depending on the rest of your application, and who else has applied, they may choose to use the better (or worse) or the 2.
  9. tuxedo_1

    May I get an interview with a CRNA?

    I'd be more than happy to answer your questions...