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  1. BigPappaCRNA

    How are my chances?

    CRNA school is exponentially harder than anything you have done before, and the classes are exponentially harder than any you have yet taken. You need some objective self reflection. Why did you do so poorly in your your BSN and specifically those 2 classes? What has changed? What can you change? Lets be honest, "Chemistry for Nurses" is a very easy class. Physiology can be somewhat challenging, and you will essentially be taking physiology in some form for most of the program. I would take several Graduate level science classes before I ever applied to school. Not to help me get in, but to help me know whether or not my goal was a realistic one. P.S. The rest of your stats, experience, and all sound great. That is a nice well rounded CV you are putting together. I think grades will be your only rate limiting factor.
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    ICU experience for CRNA school

    You might very well go your entire anesthesia career without managing a balloon pump. The majority of hospitals out there don't even do hearts. Stay right where you are at, and spend one more year polishing yourself, your current skillset, your resume, and you will be fine. Good Luck
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    Keiser (Wolford) CRNA 2019 Applicants

    One of the primary reasons for the bad reputation in the past from Wolford, as that the school was not affiliated with a Regionally Accredited University. It was the last program in the country to do so, and was essentially forced, against its will to do so, or it would have lost its Accreditation from the Council on Accreditation and it would have ceased to exist. There was never any criticism of which I am aware, of the ability of Wolford to train CRNAs. It was the fact that they were not upfront and honest about their lack of regional accreditation from the University side of the equation. The problem being, that the actual MSN degree that people received does not have to be honored by other universities for those going on for higher degrees. If you look at most any major university requirements, it states you must have an MSN from a regionally accredited university, and many are denied acceptance because of that. Also, some graduates were not allowed to teach in other states, as they technically did not have a degree. Their was never a problem with the anesthesia training, it was with the degree. Now that the program is affiliated with Keiser (which does have SACS accreditation) the problem seems to be solved. Good Luck.
  4. BigPappaCRNA

    CRNA, Anesthesiologist Relationships

    It is not allowed. Period. This is crystal clear, and illustrates just one of the ways that AAs and CRNAs are in no way equal. As much as your friend may like their new found autonomy, being on call at night so the MDA can sleep (classic, textbook MDA behavior), they are not allowed to do so in any of the 17 states that AAs are currently allowed to exist. And again, they are setting up themselves, their lazy MDA, and their facility for tremendous liability, not to mention fraud and CMS issues.
  5. BigPappaCRNA

    CRNA, Anesthesiologist Relationships

    She is equal in no way, because she is dependent completely on the MDA. She cannot work independently. It is a completely untrue statement to say they are equal. Additionally, her placing blocks at night by herself is a big no no. She and her MDA are placing the hospital and themselves in a position of tremendous liability. Now that, is hilarious.
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    RN --> CRNA or Law School?

    Nope. Anywhere there is Kaiser, in Northern CA. Not just the Bay Area.
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    Masters vs DNP?

    No, it is not bizarre. What seemed bizarre (and frankly still does) is for someone who has never posted before of any kind, to post a fairly long missive, with talking points straight from the ASA playbook, and giving advice on keeping the bar as low as possible for as long as possible, instead of stepping up and raising the bar. Additionally, virtually every program out there is 27-30 months as is. I believe there are only 2 programs in the country that are still 24 months. Getting the DNP or equivalent now, really does not add a full year, more like 6-8 months. Additionally, it is going to cost money either way, whether you take it now, or take it later, and the cost of that tuition is not going to get cheaper, so why wait? Finally, there are tons of jobs out there, already, that are doctorate required. ALREADY!! Yes, if someone ducks into one of the final MSN classes they will have the opportunity to graduate and be a CRNA, but their choices and options after that are already being reduced. If it was me, I would rather assure myself that every door was open. All APNs are going to doctoral entry level, and must be that by 2025. That is an AACN mandate, not one from the COA.
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    The last 2 posters are spot on. It can be overcome, absolutely. But it does take some time and effort to do so. Most resumes can have one hole in them, yours currently has 1 to 2, those being your grade history and your relatively small work history. But you can patch them both at the same time. Take a few grad level courses. Contact progams in which you have interest in attending and ask them what classes they would like to see you take. Then do well. very well, all the while working and becoming the very best ICU nurse you can be. All that will be left for you to do, is to be prepared to be up front and honest about the mistakes your youth. There are literally hundreds of threads almost identical to this here in the forum. Review the forum and you should finds tons of good advice on the topic. You are not alone. Good luck.
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    Masters vs DNP?

    Sorry, but this is your very first post, and you seem to "know" an awful lot. Your entire post reads like a Troll to me. Your logic and reasoning for your #1 is so painful, torturous, and illogical. It reads like and MDA troll to me.
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    CRNA school with 1 year ICU Experience

    Good Luck to you as you start your program!!!!! Your assessment of why several years are strongly recommended is SPOT ON! While 6 years is more than you need, you will find it helps you immensely. Your hand skills, priority setting, communication, organization, critical thinking, are ALL going to be far better than one of the 1 year students. Myself and fellow coordinators talk about this very phenomena all the time. It is very apparent. We can spot them a mile away. They tend to struggle, and be weaker providers, at least initially. Do they catch up? Sure, sometimes, but sometimes not really. And then they become very unsure, very hesitant, and very dependent providers, which is the last thing the profession needs. Again best of luck, and welcome to the profession. Please feel free to PM me if I can help with any questions.
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    CRNA school with 1 year ICU Experience

    Quite honestly, 1 year of ANY experience is NOT enough time. The goal is not, or at least should not, be to get accepted to a program. The goal should be to be a strong CRNA. Your ICU experience is the foundation up on which your career will be built. Make it a strong one. Honestly, if anyone feels they have learned all there is to learn in their chosen ICU in just one year, than they are either fooling themselves, or it is a pretty bland, sleepy ICU. The fact that you said your Neuro ICU is at a level 1 trauma center, tells me you have much to learn. Put in three solid years. You will not regret it.
  12. Moderator, why did you move this to the Student Forum. While the OP is a student, they are asking real life CRNAs for responses. They won't get that here. You have done the OP a disservice.
  13. BigPappaCRNA

    Working during CRNA School

    Most programs (not all, but most) do not allow you to work at all when actively enrolled.
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    First CRNA Job - What to look for?

    There are usually 3 criteria for any job. They are salary (and benefits and schedule and hours worked), location, and independence. Most people have to make a choice. You can usually have 2 of the 3, but it is very few and far between to be able to have all 3. You have to decide what is important to you.
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    Aspiring CRNA student

    Why are you getting poor grades? You need to be able to be objective with yourself. Only you know the answer to this question, as there can be several reasons, and some of them are quite reasonable. CRNA school is exponentially more difficult than a BSN. I mean, it can be really, really hard. If you cannot, for whatever reason, get fairly high grades in a BSN program, which are very easy and filled with fluff, why do you think you will succeed in a CRNA/DNP program? Getting into school should probably NOT be your priority at this time. Finish your BSN, get at least THREE years of solid ICU experience, and during this time, take a few difficult graduate level classes, maybe statistics, maybe Biochem, maybe physiology, or pharmacology, and prove to yourself that you can do well in these classes, as you will be taking four of them at the same time once in a program. If you do well in these, it will go a long way to getting accepted into a program. Good Luck.
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    PAs in Anesthesia

    To clarify, they must be BOTH an AA and a PA, in the state of Kentucky. But you are right, either way, they are a dependent tool, not an independent provider.