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cathys01 has 4 years experience and specializes in NICU, CVICU.

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  1. cathys01

    Who interviewed at UTHSC Houston?

    Why don't you either call or email the program director? Have you received any of the emails he has been sending (two or three so far I think) over the last few weeks about summer registration? I'm guessing that would be the best person to answer your questions.
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    How does NICU experience transfer to adults?

    I agree 110% with Baby*Pink. I have done both. I went into NICU as a new grad because I had a definite passion for neonatal ICU. At the time, my plans were to continue to on and become an NNP. Along the way, I decided to pursue the CRNA route and after two years, switched to adult CVICU in order to get the best foundation for CRNA school (my plan is to do neonatal and pediatric anesthesia, so my NICU background definitely laid the foundation for my future). I have to say that not much carried over from one specialty to the other. Obviously, I had learned to be a nurse in the NICU, so the basic nursing stuff was established, but as far as meds/skills/knowledge of disease processes, nothing was the same. When I left the NICU and went to the CVICU, I started an orientation just like a new grad (thankfully, mine was only 10 weeks instead of 24 weeks because I was an experienced ICU nurse already). I would emphasize that the NICU is an environment that truly needs nurses that wholeheartedly WANT to be there. I would also guess that without the passion for NICU, few new grads would survive orientation -- you really, really have to want it in order to do it. And, if nothing else, the babies and their families deserve to have nurses with the passion to be there. NICU is not for everybody...and there is no shame in that at all. But, if I were you, I would pass on the job and find something that you are at least interested in.
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    Need your input on this

    I think you should have accepted the offer in the SICU. You will be working with surgical patients as a CRNA. The busy SICU is definitely the way to go. Can you get that offer back? I don't see the benefit of starting in a CCU to switch a year later to an SICU, you would be much better served (as would your patients) by doing your orientation in the SICU and learning everything you can in that unit from the start.
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    Student living

    Student loans and private loans. Lots of loans. Some people also sign contracts with anesthesia groups that will pay a stipend while you are in school and/or pay off student loans upon graduation. There are many ways to do it. Primarily, the most important thing is to try to get as much as possible paid off before hand so that you can survive on as little as possible (to be able to borrow as little as possible). There are guaranteed federal loans and the schools allow students to borrow some money for the cost of living - but for most people it is not enough to pay all their bills so private loans are also needed.
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    Houston Medical Center parking

    Here's the latest info for parking in the med center... http://www.texmedctr.tmc.edu/root/en/Visiting/Parking/New+Parking+System.htm
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    Which is better CCU or SICU for CRNA?

    SICU > CCU Big Hospital (Level I Trauma) > Community Hospital You want to have experience with surgical patients if possible, the sicker the better...but really, any good high acuity ICU will work. Every school has their own idea of which ICU is the best (some want CVICU, some want SICU, others will accept pedi/neonatal ICU if that's all you have). It just depends on the school.
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    Who interviewed at UTHSC Houston?

    On UTLink mine says: "You have been admitted to the program for the term shown above." The class that started in Fall2008 had 22 students, I think.
  8. cathys01

    Letters of Rec from professors

    Letters of recommendation for entrance into a nursing program will not be the same letters you need for admission into a CRNA program. For CRNA school, the LORs will need to reflect your actual nursing experience and will come from a nursing supervisor (generally speaking), a nursing school professor, and either a doctor you've worked with or another RN you've worked with or a CRNA you've shadowed. I wouldn't waste anyone's time writing you generic letters of recommendation for CRNA school at this point...you have alot of ground to cover first! Good luck in nursing school!
  9. According to other threads that you've posted, you apparently don't yet have any degree and are not yet an RN....therefore, if your ultimate goal is to become a CRNA, then the simple answer is: Don't major in Biology...major in Nursing. You can either go with an Associate's Degree in Nursing (ADN) to become an RN, then do a bridge program to get the BSN (Bachelor Degree in Nursing), or go for a traditional BSN 4-year degree.
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    CCRN exam

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    Anyone ever use IV Glycopyrrolate?

    We use it in the adult CVICU as an adjunct to neostigmine for the reversal of the paralytic agents used in anesthesia. It is an anticholinergic, parasympatholytic agent, and causes elevated heart rate and yep...dry mouth... I agree with you though, that it sounds more like this baby is having seizures. Could the seizures be leading to the vagal response you are seeing (decreased HR, etc.)? Is the baby on any anti-seizure meds? Have you seen an improvement since the glyco drip was started? And, just curious, what sort of dosing do you do on a baby? (disclaimer: I did NICU for 2 years before heading over to CVICU, and have never seen glyco used in this population...)
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    Help: Tattoo Ideas!!

    I'm pretty sure the point JWK was making is that if you have TWO CANDIDATES and all else is EQUAL, the one with no visible tatoos is MORE LIKELY to be hired that the one with tatoos. That's it.
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    Possible get into without a science degree?

    Sorry, didn't realize that you are already in an ADN program! Okay, so the Accelerated BSN isn't really an option at this point... Many schools do accept applicants that don't have a BSN. Unfortunately, they do still require a science related major (BS) degree (I don't think I've ever seen a BA listed as acceptable for CRNA school...but I could be wrong). Usually, those schools will specify that the major must be chemistry or biology or something related. So, best thing to do would be to contact program directors of those schools you are interested in and just ask them. Explain your situation, and ask them for guidance on how you can become a competitive applicant for their program. The last option, of course, is to complete the BSN while you are completing your minimum 1 year of experience requirement. Really, the RN/BSN online programs are not difficult, but can be time consuming, but they are easily completed while working full time and can easily be done in 3 semesters.
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    Possible get into without a science degree?

    Why not look into an Accelerated BSN degree? Since you already have a bachelor's degree, you can do an accelerated program (typically 60 hours in 3 or 4 semesters -- yes 20 hours/semester in most programs!). That's half the time to an ADN and you'll have a BSN when you're done!
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    Critical care requirement fufilled by NICU?

    Depends on the school you want to go to. Each school has its own definition of "critical care experience". Check out the website for the schools you would like to attend, or call the program directors to see if they will accept NICU.
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    Crna Programs Without Gre Scores

    Go to the AANA website (aana.com) and you can get a list of the schools you are interested in and check each school to see what their requirements are.