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    Impressions of board review courses?

    Wanted to get opinions on board review courses (APEX, Valley, Core Concepts, etc.?) I tried doing a quick search and wasn't able to find much recent info. Any opinions/suggestions welcome!
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    AllNurses throughout the years...

    I am curious as to how long people have stayed with this forum. For me, it's been a great resource throughout the years. I started as a pre-nursing student and AllNurses has seen me through the application process for my accelerated BSN program, through nursing school, the hunt for the first job, the woes of the working world, applying to nursing graduate school... and now, halfway through my program, I find myself on this site again looking for opinions on where to work after graduation so here's to you guys. Thanks for all the support, guidance, empathy throughout the years...
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    Teaching nursing with a Ph.D. in medicine?

    My chemistry and physics, pathophysiology, physiology professor in my nurse anesthesia program is a non-nurse and he is AMAZING.
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    10 things that got me accepted to CRNA school

    Just my 2 cents: SICU is a safe ICU and makes sense given the recovery period and environment, but most of the people in my program (many of the SICU) agree that cardiac ICU (whether it's surgical or medical cardiac) was a huge advantage because of all the drugs and physiology that you end up being much more familiar with.
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    Fastest Route Possible?

    Along the lines of fellow posters, try drug reps or other medical tech/supply companies, e.g. Abiomed, Medtronic, Covidien, etc. They appreciate people with clinical experience/health backgrounds. The ones I know make far more than NPs actually and there are a lot of job perks, albeit some come with a catch (like some traveling required, but often you can stay generally local). Best of luck.
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    Age Demographics from your Programs..

    Our class is mid-20s on average with a range of 24-late 30s (not sure of exact age of one person) at the start of the program, I believe. I say if it's a subject you enjoy and your finances allow for it, you might as well try! Going back to school has been such a refreshing change in the pace of my life, starting from the application process. I've met a lot of great people and had I not gotten into school, I don't think I would've regretted the process. As for your worry regarding being a competitive applicant, I will be very honest with you and say that I have not heard of classes with anyone in that age range. However, my own experience is but a small sample size from attending open houses and interviews from just one application cycle, so take that how you will. Many schools have admissions offices that are very receptive to questions if you call/email, and I doubt they will mislead you as to the age range of their classes if you ask them directly. Best of luck!
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    Frustrating... ED is Not Critical Care

    This is super delayed and but I tend to the visit this site in spurts and then leave in spurts... I was re-reading old threads that I got alerts from and just wanted to clarify. I truly don't believe that ED nurses are better or worse, but we do focus on different things---there we seem to agree. If we are talking specifically about the realm of critical care nursing, perhaps this is merely a difference of opinion, but to me, things like down-titrating pressors, DCing unnecessary things, knowing vent settings well enough to move care forward, advanced therapies, etc. are absolutely a part of critical care nursing and, as you said yourself, are just not done/prioritized in the ED. Do they get critical patients? Yes. Does the ED consequently handle some aspects of critical care? Again, yes. But my main point---or perhaps, just opinion---is that critical care is not just stabilizing a sick patient.
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    Frustrating... ED is Not Critical Care

    My ICU was a trauma I 800+ bed hospital and we precepted many different types of nurses from new grads to seasoned ICU nurses. For us, ED nurses (both ours and from other hospitals) always had the hardest time adjusting to ICU (sometimes more so than the new grads). Typically they were great in codes, but had more difficulty thinking longterm and really 'advancing' care or working with the doctors to actively suggest interventions, etc. They kept the patients alive, but often they didn't wean pressers as aggressively, didn't bother to work with RT/intensivist to optimize vent settings or try to wean, and forget about getting a patient out of bed or pushing to take out unnecessary lines or Foleys. We worked on a floor where the nurse is given a lot of freedom and the doctors, especially residents, really listened to our suggestions re: meds, labs, should we SBT, do they look ready for extubation, do you think they'll tolerate pulling more fluid off CRRT, etc. Often when I tried to express to one of them that perhaps they could have tried X or Y at some point in their 12-hour shift, I'm often met with 'well, they were stable so I didn't'. Perhaps this is just a bad sample of 4-5 non-critically thinking nurses that just happened to be ED nurses and results in an availability bias for me, but it definitely made me wonder if our differences in mentality were due to personality or ICU vs. ED training. To be sure, a critically-ill patient will stay alive in their hands, I have no doubt of that. They definitely knew their ACLS and emergency procedures. To me though, that's not all a critical care nurse is.
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    How old were you when you started CRNA school?

    Started at 26, will be 29 when I finish my doctorate :)
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    IV extensions

    Sometimes, I just add a little extension tubing with some stopcocks for this purpose---like a mini-carrier. If my patient is requiring enough drugs for a real carrier bar with ~5 stopcocks to be necessary, they usually have a central line (we usually use them for stuff like multiple pressors anyway) and that lumen generally would only run continuous drips (no IVP or IVPB drugs). And, as people have already mentioned, everything running together would have to be compatible.
  11. I'm currently incapacitated at home with little to no will to move. My lovely fiancé is my caretaker today as I make my way through the course of what appears to be either food poisoning or some stomach bug I find myself wondering how nurses are when the tables are turned and it is their turn to be nursed---and perhaps not just in the hospitalized sense but also at home. Personally, I prefer to suffer alone... I.e. I'm not into being cuddled/having hair held while attempting to vomit or something. Don't get me wrong---I love being pampered normally like after a long day at work, but when I'm sick I prefer to self-quarantine...
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    2017 CRNA School Applicants: General Thread

    Sorry, I meant to reply and then I thought I'd just wait until after I interviewed everywhere so I could post a re-cap and then I sort of forgot for a while So all in all, I applied to 3 schools: Georgetown, UMD, Columbia, interviewed at all 3, and was ultimately accepted to Georgetown and UMD, rejected at Columbia. Thoughts are as follows: Georgetown: my first interview---program directors and faculty were very gracious and welcoming. They definitely had looked over all their applicants when picking out the questions they wanted to ask at the interview. Besides basic interview questions, they also pointed out perceived weak points of my application (for me, this was my grades) and asked me to explain why things were the way they were and how I hoped to improve on this in the future. For another applicant, it was their choice to leave the ICU and work outpatient instead of staying critical care, for another it was their short duration of ICU experience, etc. No clinical questions, though I have to add a caveat that they know my hospital very well, so perhaps that was a factor. People felt that the interviewer's reactions to questions were difficult to read, but I would say that my interviewers were willing to smile and I didn't feel they were as cold as some people said :) UMD: I'm actually surprised I was accepted here as the interview did not feel like it went well. Again, no clinical questions, but interviewers definitely pushed me to answer questions on things like coursework past nursing school, CRNAs in policy and advocacy and why I had/had not done certain things in these areas. They also had some more curveball interview questions. My interviewers seemed generally dissatisfied with my answers and pushed for clarity. I got a lot of "you're skirting the question" or "that's not exactly what I'm asking". Adrenaline/anxiety level during this interview was definitely the highest. Columbia: Generally laid-back interview, and I thought it went okay, though obviously this was not a successful venture for me. During the waiting time, students worked with interviewees and showed them how to intubate, showed them the SIM machines, etc. I honestly thought it was a lot of fun! This was the only interview that asked me if I had a plan in place for finances/support network through school.
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    University of Maryland (UMD) CRNA program starting in 2017

    SURFs did not change for me.
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    Columbia CRNA Summer 2017 (MSN)

    Actual rejection
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    University of Maryland (UMD) CRNA program starting in 2017

    Got the phone call today :) pretty surprised. I didn't feel great about my interview.