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IHeartDukeCTICU has 4 years experience and specializes in CT-ICU.

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    The worst code you've seen?

    Post op AV replacement. PEA arrest, opened up the chest only to find a new ruptured aortic aneurysm/disection. Two words: RED SEA.
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    Anyone applying to Duke for Spring 2013

    Hey if you all have any difficulty finding the page, PM me and I'll get you my fb info so we can friend each other, and I'll be able to send you an invite.
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    Anyone applying to Duke for Spring 2013

    Yea... def taking too long. So posted an unofficial one "Duke CRNA 2015 Unofficial" Feel free to jump on. I talked to a few people coming into town in Oct/Nov to scope out living situations, so I figured that would be a good place to talk about everything, and a chance for the locals to show you all around town.
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    Atrial Flutter vs Atrial Tachycardia with AV block

    Haha! So true. Yeah after looking at it with my fiance (CCU RN), we figured looks more like 3rd degree rather than 2nd... p waves march out, AV dissociation.
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    Atrial Flutter vs Atrial Tachycardia with AV block

    I tend to agree with the OP interpretation, leaning more towards a block. I've seen patients with 3rd deg heart block with atrial and ventricular rates within 20 bpm of each other. Tends to make it look almost regular sinus minus some missed QRS and what appears to be irregularity. Looking at that strip, to me, it looks more like 2nd deg type I... lengthening PRS then eventually a PRS w/o a QRS. If the P intervals truly march out, maybe a 3rd deg block with atrial and ventricular rates close to each other. Doesn't look like typical A-flutter to me though.
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    Yup same sorta plan here once I'm done. I figure the avg CRNA salary is somewhere between 2.5-3x my current nursing salary. So I live off 1/3 (same lifestyle as now), use 1/3 to pay off loans, and the other 1/3 goes into savings. No new cars, same apartment etc. I figure I can wait a few years to start living the high life once I'm done with school and mostly done with paying off student loans. Just working the past year to pay off undergrad debt and CC's and such to prepare for CRNA school has been a big reality slap in the face that I should be living a much simpler lifestyle and saving more. :) hindsight = 20/20
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    Kudos to you neuro folks

    Just wanted to say kudos to you neuro guys. I work in CT-ICU, and recently had a patient who had a hemorrhagic stroke in which they did an emergent craniotomy and placement of EVD's. Normally, the patient would be tx to neuro ICU, but the pt had some cardiac support devices that NICU couldn't take. Totally out of my element, and learned some interesting things that were very new to me. It was fun, but totally not my area of expertise hehe :)
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    Anyone applying to Duke for Spring 2013

    Oh yea I remember you! I'm originally from Orlando... FL represent! The other girl that works with me also got in.. she's originally from FL too! PM me if you need any help figuring out where to live!
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    Anyone applying to Duke for Spring 2013

    I'm interested, let us know what the title is and I'll join.
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    Anyone applying to Duke for Spring 2013

    Double post..
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    Is there any hope?

    I know of a few people who got into CRNA school with about the same GPA. But it's all about balancing it out, and it took a fair amount of work for them to become competitive. One guy took 3-4 graduate level chemistry & A/P classes... aced them. Also put in 4 years of experience in a major teaching hospital CT-ICU, got CCRN, good GRE scores. There is no easy way to get into CRNA school... they make it difficult because it is difficult. So don't let your GPA get you down, keep your head up. Just expect hard work for the next few years! If you truly want it, you'll find the means to acheive it. Good luck!
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    Help needed and severe advice about CRNA

    Yup in my interviews it wasn't so much about who had their CCRN, but who DIDN'T have their CCRN. It's competitive so give yourself every advantage you can: CCRN GRE >1100 Good GPA or A/B's in grad level courses Preceptor/Charge Committee Work It's alot of work, and it will take time and dedication. You may feel like you're doing it for nothing, or not getting paid enough to do it. But in the end, when you get that acceptance phone call, you'll realize it was worth it. Good luck!
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    Brainstorming needed!

    Sounds like you'd do well in a cardiac medicine or cardiac surgical floor. My advice would be to start talking to the NM's of those floors, set up a day to shadow one of their nurses. Be sure to soak it all in and ask pertinent questions. Remember although you are just shadowing, leaving a good impression on a staff member can influence them to give their opinion of you to the NM. Believe me, just had someone shadow me and after that exp, I went straight to the director and told them we had to hire her. When I think of people who would do well on our floor (CT-ICU), i'm looking for people who are inquisitive, ask questions, learn quickly, and come from a good solid nursing background. From what you posted, it sounds like you really know what you want. So just be honest, but don't be overconfident. Other things you can look into would be PA caths & hemodynamics, vasoactive gtts, typical patient population of the units you are looking at, mech ventilation. We don't expect you to know everything, but if you have a good idea about how we use these things, it might give them the impression that you are ready and willing to learn what they teach you. Also, if you haven't started precepting, you might consider that... or being involved in committees. Both only help distinguish you as a person who goes above and beyond, and will only strengthen your application.
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    Admitting an open chest pt

    FYI... you know it's July when a open chest patient codes and the resident is trying to jump on the chest and do compressions, while we are all yelling at him to step away so we can get in. hahaha for real, true story a few weeks ago.
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    Duke vs ECU

    Plus, I like how Duke's program is integrated, meaning into the OR's 2nd semester and getting more hands on exp. I learn better when I'm applying the reading knowledge to actual hands on practice, which is one of the reasons why I chose Duke over ECU. Don't get me wrong, ECU has a fantastic program (great facilities, and wonderful staff), but for me, Duke was a better fit.
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    You know you're an ICU nurse when...

    When you start coming up with lyrics & song titles for the sounds of your alarms. When you do a little jig every hour that your patient actually meets index When you can identify your drips by sense of smell. When your patient's room looks cleaner than your own bedroom. When you wonder why restraints never made it to the "10 wonders of the world" list. When outside of work, you answer your cellphone with, "ICU this is ____" You are superstitious about the words "Code" & "Quiet" being said aloud at work. You believe in happenings of 3. When the amount of devices in your room requires you to recruit a posse for traveling. When you consider levitating open chest patients part of your weekly workout plan. What you consider humor is considered deranged by others. When docs ask what you think they should do.