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  1. Shanimal

    Sexually harassed during clinicals by a male nurse

    I'm not surprised you've resorted to personal attacks. I'll keep an eye out for your own thread about sexual harassment of male nurses. Have a nice day.
  2. Shanimal

    Sexually harassed during clinicals by a male nurse

    Yeah, and good for her. You say this as if it's a bad thing. Except that's NOT what this post was about, so stop trying to minimize what happened to the OP like it's not a big deal just because stuff like this happens to men too. Of course it happens to men too and that's never OK. But this post was about her own personal experience. If you feel victimized as a male nurse, then by all means start your own thread. Certainly sexual harassment of male nurses is worthy of a discussion all on its own. I assure you that I will be there to support it, but not when you come on here trying to invalidate someone else's experience.
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    2.9 GPA Help me get into CRNA school

    Need a few more details on this one. You mention your "first degree"--was this in nursing or something else? How long ago was it? How does your GPA since your first degree measure up? What is your science GPA and what sciences have you taken? Have you reached out to the anesthesia programs you're interested in and asked for advice specific to your situation? If so, what were you told? (And if you haven't, at some point you should.) Having a low GPA from a first degree isn't an automatic disqualifier necessarily (I speak from experience), but there are a lot of factors--as indicated above--into how much that matters and the strategies needed to compensate for it.
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    DNAP vs DNP With a Specialization in Anesthesia

    DNAP vs. DNP in anesthesia degrees creates a lot of confusion. Both are terminal degrees for CRNAs, and soon having one or the other will be the entry-to-practice requirement. The actual difference between the two degrees is that the DNAP is typically awarded through a School of Medicine, School of Allied Health, or some such while the DNP is awarded through a School of Nursing. A side-by-side comparison of the DNAP vs. DNP in anesthesia curriculum though is quite comparable.
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    DNAP vs DNP With a Specialization in Anesthesia

    Incorrect. Both the DNP and DNAP are considered terminal degrees. Having one vs. the other as a CRNA does not affect one's prospects for teaching in a nurse anesthesia program. Both would be doctorally-prepared CRNAs. Also incorrect. There are post-graduate degree programs and post-graduate certificate programs to enter into other advanced practice nursing specialties. The length of these programs vary, but having a DNAP vs. DNP degree has no effect on this that I'm aware of, nor should it. That would be silly. The length of a post-graduate program is independent of whether one enters it having a DNP in anesthesia vs. a DNAP. Same as answer #1. See answers #2 and #3.
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    CRNA School with a young family

    I'm going through school now as a mom to toddlers. The amount of free time you have at any given point depends on how the program is structured. In my first two semesters I was able to continue working and still had a reasonable amount of time to spend with family. Now that I'm in my third semester, working is out of the question. Aside from class time, I'm easily averaging 45-55 hours every week in just studying. Every weekday I leave my house while the rest of my family is still sleeping, and by the time I get home it's already time to put the kids to bed. On weekends I spend most of my time at the library studying to be away from distractions. I haven't even started clinicals yet (I'm in a front-loaded program, so our clinicals don't start until next semester). We start with two clinical days a week, which gradually increases to five days a week before we graduate. Some programs require that students rotate through distant clinical sites, often for weeks or more at a time. So it depends on how much "free time" to spend with your family you consider to be sufficient, because added up these things don't leave much left over. When it comes to family time, what I lack in quantity I try to make up for in quality. But none of this is easy, especially the times when the kids cry when they see me leave for the day or whenever I miss one of their milestones. I went into this willing to make those sacrifices if that's what it took, but I could never fault those who decide that having to make those sacrifices isn't the right choice for them or their family. Good luck in whatever you decide.
  7. Shanimal

    Admission advice

    No, but being out of practice for 1 year AND only having 1 year of ICU experience won't make you a very competitive candidate.
  8. Shanimal

    Least "demanding" nursing Jobs?

    I have nothing helpful to offer other than to say, "Good luck with med school."
  9. Shanimal

    Staff in ED/ICU

    I once worked in a facility like this. When I attempted, along with my nursing and physician colleagues, to provide evidence to administration why severe nursing staff shortages were unsafe in emergency and critical care settings, our concerns were brushed off (though not without a smile and thanks for our input LOL). It's a cynical thing to say, but there's some truth to it--money talks. The hospital execs didn't start to listen until they were forced to pay out tons of money for travel nurses and "consultants" to come in and make the same recommendations we did from the get go (figure that!). So you can certainly try the same route we did--do a lit review with recommendations for staffing, and have the backing of other nurses and physicians. But there's no guarantee they'll listen. I suspect more than likely the problem will continue to get worse before it ever gets better, so you have to decide if it's worth sticking around to find out. Good luck!
  10. The climate of medicine is certainly NOT more liberal. As noted above, intolerance is a completely different issue. The more recent cases that I believe you're referring to (i.e., a medical professional is prosecuted for refusing to provide care in abortion cases) have more to do with a provider refusing to provide care for emergent cases (and NOT elective ones) when there is an obligation to provide care and no other providers are available to do so. I see no reason why you would be "forced" to provide anesthetic care for elective abortions and sterilizations during school--you will not be the only provider present. Also understand that the vast majority of elective abortions are performed with local anesthesia or with moderate sedation, which typically do not require an anesthesia provider. But if it's something that concerns you, then why not ask about it during your school interview? Good luck.
  11. Shanimal

    Not sure CRNA is for me

    Agreed. Or they work in toxic environments they either can't or won't leave.
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    Central Line Placement and Masks

    In the ERs I worked in, yes this was a policy. When there were emergencies in which every second counted however, not everyone who needed to be at the bedside could be properly masked up in time. This was acceptable as long as it was documented in the chart along with the reason for the protocol deviation. The person placing the line was expected to be gowned, but no one else. Strangely the ICUs in these facilities mandated caps too, but not the ERs. Eyewear was also required in OR settings, but not anywhere else that I've worked.
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    To sit for the CCRN exam, you need to have spent 1750 hours providing direct care of acutely ill/critically ill patients within the past two years, and at least 875 of those hours accrued need to be within the most recent year. What that means is that if you've worked 1750 hours over the past year, then you've met that requirement. Most full-time ICU RNs should be at or near those hours within one calendar year (36 hours x 52 weeks = 1872 hours). As far as studying strategies go, first take a look at the CCRN exam blueprint and notice which topic areas have the highest percentage of questions. I personally then used Barron's CCRN Exam guide, focusing on the topics that are heavily tested as well as the topics I didn't feel as comfortable in. From there I used the computer question bank from Dennison's Pass CCRN, taking tests over and over, reading rationales to questions I missed, then re-focusing on areas I didn't perform as well in. There are a ton of in-person and online CCRN prep courses if you choose to go that route, but that choice should be based on your own individual learning style and preferences--they're certainly not a requirement to be successful.
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    Johns Hopkins DNP CRNA

    Just my opinion, but I don't think the co-presence of an anesthesia residency and a nurse anesthesia program at the same institution is necessarily a bad thing, as long as the nurse anesthesia students don't have to compete against residents for the clinical experience they need. I consider myself fortunate to be in a program that, while part of a university that also has a residency program, ensures we have more than enough cases to get the wide range of skills and experiences we need, whether it's in the university medical center, in the surrounding areas, or in areas much further away if we choose to.
  15. You might also want to consider researching the graduate degree programs you would potentially apply to later on. Most program websites will include fairly detailed information on what is required for admission, including any undergraduate degree accreditation requirements. If it's not explicitly stated there, a quick email to the program's admission department should clear up any uncertainty. Good luck in your search.