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  1. emb92250

    Leaving ICU with a bag of Levophed

    I'm an ICU nurse whose Grandpa is not doing so good. My family's plan of care for him is to take him home on hospice. However, he's on levophed. Does anyone know if he can be discharged with a bag of levophed, I can run it, and we can take him home (ideally, take him to his pontoon boat and spend the day on the water and let him pass when the bag of levo runs dry)? I know palliative care teams in the past seem to do some unconventional things in the name of comfort and good deaths.
  2. I think bottom line is to keep shadowing, get your ICU RN experience, and go from there. I think the advisor is probably just tired of people saying "CRNA" because of the salary. There is a small percentage of CRNAs who hate their job (too boring) and as soon as they pay off their debts, they change careers.
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    NCE Exam Prep

    I know there are a lot of SRNA hopefuls on this forum, but this topic is specifically for those who have been accepted to or are in a program (SRNAs and future SRNAs). So, I'm only just starting my second semester of a front loaded program, but you know what they say. You have to start studying for the NCE exam as soon as possible. Preferably yesterday, LOL. Anyway, I noticed in my first semester, I put a lot of effort into the Advanced Anatomy, Physiology, and Pathophysiology class because it was worth 6 credits. And it's really tough, detailed, and good info to know. But I really just glided through my "Basics of Anesthesia" class, doing the readings, but not really putting in my best effort, just studying enough to pass on exams. My out of class studying probably was 90% APP and 10% the rest (Pharmacology, Basics of Anesthesia, Scientific Principles, etc). On Winter Break, I decided to look up the CONTENT on the NCE (and SEE) exams. Guess what. It's only about 12.5% APP, and 30% "Basics of Anesthesia." And something else I noticed, my whole curriculum is, essentially, derived from the NCE exam content (thank you Clarkson College!). To make a long story short, before putting a lot of work into one subject based on the credit hours, make sure you know what is going to be on the exam, and how much each subject makes up on the exam. Yes, I know that APP is a foundation for most of the "Basic" and "Advanced" principles of anesthesia, but it might be more prudent to put more effort into the portion of the NCE that is weighted the heaviest. And if you get to an APP concept while studying "Basics" or "Advanced" principles, stop and look it up to fully understand the concept. Also, note that the content wording and exam content has changed a bit, as of the first of January. So if you've downloaded the content before, I would suggest downloading the new content. Any thoughts, comments, concerns?
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    Clarkson College

    Well, no one warned us so we took it at Clarkson :/
  5. emb92250

    Clarkson College

    I think they don't give a number b/c if they need to pull off the waitlist, they get together and thoroughly discuss who to pull. I was originally waitlisted. I asked yesterday what made them pull me off the waitlist, and they said they would never tell. So, my best advise is to take graduate level research on your own (not through Clarkson). Then, if you get pulled from the waitlist, you have the toughest class done and it would apply to the program you are currently accepted at. If you get accepted past January, it would be too late to take the stats class, but that is only a Clarkson requirement, I think. Anyway, that's how I would do it. It's tough being in limbo.
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    Clarkson College

    That's so awesome! Email me at emb92250@outlook.com or at swett.erin@clarksoncollege.edu Both accounts go straight to my phone and I would love to answer any questions you might have.
  7. emb92250

    Average age of SRNA?

    My program has 15 people, mostly aged 26-30 with two people >40.
  8. emb92250

    Just passed NCLEX RN. Crna next?

    Part of CRNA school is being in charge of your learning. What that means is you will not be spoon fed the material. So, look at the question you just asked. You're asking to be spoon fed the answer. There are many resources out there that will answer your general questions. Even in this forum, these VERY BASIC answers have been answered multiple times. Another good resource is allcrnaschools.com
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    Clarkson College

    Anyone get notified of acceptance? We were talking to our instructors today and they have selected 15, 3 of which they are still waiting to hear back from the individuals whether they've accepted or not. I don't believe they've notified the waitlistees. But if you've been accepted, you should hear by now.
  10. emb92250

    Skype interviews

    University of Arizona only does Skype interviews, I think. At least they didn't give me an option. It was just Skype
  11. emb92250

    Clarkson College

    I completely agree with mgray3 and rocknrolling. They main focus of the interview is to get to know you and they really do want to see you succeed. Your success is their success. I think a big part of me wanting to start this thread is to help everyone relax a bit so they can put their best foot forward. Good luck everyone! Post here if you get in! You should hear relatively quickly. A phone call in 2-3 weeks for those who get in or an email in 3-4 weeks if waitlisted. I was originally waitlisted so don't worry if you are. The fee to hold your spot is $100 and sometimes people hold their spot and then drop if accepted to a different school. And sometimes they drop for other reasons. Also, if not accepted this round, spend the next year improving your resume. They'll know if you submit the same of everything, especially the essay. My biggest suggestions is to get certifications (CCRN, TNCC, etc). If you work with adults, try to get out of your comfort zone and get into a PICU. If you work with peds, get into an adult ICU, CVICU being the best experience in MY opinion. Also, there are two classes you can take without being a Clarkson student yet: graduate statistics (preferably one with an emphasis on nursing research- Clarkson has a great 100% online one) and graduate level nursing research (recommend anywhere but Clarkson, message me for details). As I said before, I'm a first year SRNA and I wanted to get info out on Clarkson bc I really love this program and I love to talk about it. Message me for info or email me, emb92250@outlook.com, if you don't want to post on this thread. Even if someone comes across this thread 10 years from now. I'll appreciate the break from studying lol.
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    Clarkson College

    Don't forget, everyone who had interviews, please add to this thread to tell future candidates what the interview process was like. Also, post here if you get a spot for Class of 2021 (Aug 2018 start)
  13. emb92250

    How important is the school name?

    School name doesn't matter at all. There are about 10 job opportunities for every graduating SRNA
  14. emb92250

    Free Time Studying for CRNA.

    We are using John Nagelhout's "Nurse Anesthesia" book. It's like the bible for our program. Not pharmacology focused, but it's in there.
  15. emb92250

    Clarkson College

    Anybody have Sat interviews?