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  1. Someday-C.R.N.A.

    The Guys Club: Guy Students Come on In!

    Thanks man. The Army isn't for everybody, but we do have one of the best CRNA programs in the country. Whatever you decide, just keep at it. It'll be worth it
  2. Someday-C.R.N.A.

    The Guys Club: Guy Students Come on In!

    Dude, that's freakin' awesome! Keep at it man. I know how hard it can be to get into some schools and all that stuff, but it'll be very much worth it once you get in there and start reaching some goals. I spent 10 years working in a steel mill before I joined the Army and got my LVN. I love being in the Army and being a Medic/Nurse here, but I wish I would've done it much sooner. I'm more than 10 years your senior and not yet ready to get into a BSN program. Better to get that education young and get going as soon as you can. I wish you well man good luck!
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    ABG's

    I don't want you to get ahead of yourself here but I've been having some fun on this and I thought I'd share. Its a practice exam thing and I think it might help you understand what is what and how things work a bit. Its cool because it briefly explains why you were right or wrong. If you have to, jot down the normal values and refer to them when you do this. The more you look at and apply the normal values to these questions, the more you'll remember and the easier it will be to make sense of it. Well it works for me so I hope it works for you too. Check this out: http://www.vectors.cx/med/apps/abg.cgi If you don't get the compensation part right don't sweat it or even worry about it. If all you need to do is recognize the primary mechanism, then just focus on that. Take the rest of it as you feel comfortable.
  4. Someday-C.R.N.A.

    ABG's

    Oh ok so you're not too far into this ABG thing yet. Sounds like your questions will be pretty straight forward. Trust me, if you know the normal values and how they affect pH, you'll be just fine. All they want to know is if you can recognize which value is out of whack. Don't sweat this! pH = 7.35-7.45 PaCO2 = 35-45 (Easy to remember, just take out the 7 from pH) HCO3 = 22-26 Don't worry about comensated vs. uncompensated and all that other stuff, I doubt that'll be addressed in the exam. Just know what makes pH high or low. Too easy
  5. Someday-C.R.N.A.

    ABG's

    OK, I don't have the thing from my instructor. Wish I did, it was really good. BUT, I did find something in one of my books that is kinda like what she put out. pH low = Acidosis pH high = Alkalosis (duh) Now determine if its resp or met. Look at PaCO2 If its respiratory, PaCO2 will be high or low inversely to pH (High PaCO2, low pH) If its metabloic, PaCO2 will be normal (This obviously doesn't account for compensation but you get the idea) Now look at Hco3 Normal limits = respiratory High = suspect met alk Low = suspect met acid BE will be normal for resp, low for met acid, high for met alk But wait, all you need is the normal values?? Sorry, I though you were interpreting them. Nevermind all that stuff if all you need is the normals, it'll just mess you up. Definitely master the normal values and what they mean. The rest will fall right into place trust me.
  6. Someday-C.R.N.A.

    ABG's

    I'm going to look for it, but I'm not sure if I have it. I left alot of stuff at home the last time I took leave. I wish I would've kept that ICU stuff atleast. I just went and Googled ABG practice and there are a ton of online practice tests. I actually think this is fun. Just don't let yourself get nervous about it, look at it like a game. The more relaxed you are, the easier it will be. I was nervous about it at first too, but now I actually like it. And remember this, if the pH isn't wnl, its NOT compensated. It may be compensatING, but not compensatED. I remember that little trick got some people. Try some of those online tests and have some fun with it. If you find the ones that actually explain why you're right or wrong, all the better.
  7. Someday-C.R.N.A.

    ABG's

    Definitely gotta look at those things, pretty much just like that. Telling alkalosis vs. acidosis is the easy part. Just look at pH. First thing to look at. If its low its acidosis, high is alkalosis. Then determine if its resp or met, then comp or uncomp. Sometimes compensation can make things easier to tell because if the Pt. is compensating with resp, its probably met and vice versa. I had a great and terribly easy breakdown from one of my instructors, I'm not sure where it is right now but if I find it I'll post it up. I'm an LVN and I was explaining ABG to an RN the last time I worked ICU (He was new to ICU and hadn't done it since school). Point is, its pretty easy once you get it down and apply it a little. I haven't done it in a while myself now, but I think that's right
  8. Someday-C.R.N.A.

    Seriously thinking about ARMY Nursing

    Thanks! I have been working hard, but there's always more to be done! Congratulations on OBLC! Have you been to Ft. Sam/San Antonio before? I really like it here. You should like BAMC, it's an awesome hospital! I was hoping I could do my clinicals here, but I'll be going to Ft. Bliss instead. I don't know anything about WBAMC, but it should be good training. Keep at those pesky push ups! I need to work on mine too. I got hurt and was on profile for a while, which really set me back. Now I'll have to work twice as hard to catch up. Such is life. I heard the PT requirement for OBLC is 70,70,70. Is that true? I plan to be there myself as soon as I can.
  9. Someday-C.R.N.A.

    Seriously thinking about ARMY Nursing

    Thanks! And just incase you don't already know, an ADN will get you a direct comission as a 2nd Lt. in the Reserves. (hint hint, nudge nudge)
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    Seriously thinking about ARMY Nursing

    I just came across this old thread and thought I'd bump it up incase anyone else is thinking about doing the same thing I am. I graduated basic training on Feb. 09, and headed out for Ft. Sam Houston the same day. Graduated 68W (Medic) 16 weeks later, and now I'm in the M6 (LPN) program at Ft. Sam. Medic training was interesting. It gets really interesting when you move into the Army Medic side, as opposed to the more 'civilian' EMT training you start out with, although that was pretty cool too. The Army side affords a bigger (MUCH bigger) scope of practice, and greater autonomy. Good training. M6 has been pretty good thus far, but it's no joke. It moves fast, and if you don't put forth the effort, you'll fail - guaranteed. Awesome training though. I've learned alot in the short time I've been up here. We're exactly half way through our phase I training, and I have a 94 GPA, so I'm not doing too bad right now. Plenty of difficult tests to come, though. But I'm glad I joined the Army, and I'm happy here. To someone who's considering joining, I'd say do it. It's not for everyone, but it really has been rewarding. And to anyone who does do it, pay attention in Medic school. That training will build a foundation that will help you when you get up here. The more you learn there, the more prepared you'll be, and trust me, you'll thank yourself for it!
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    Seriously thinking about ARMY Nursing

    Thank you! Cryst06, thanks for the reminder. My recruiter told me about the rotations (although he was a bit more vague), and I had forgotten about it. That'll be a great experience (I hope). I'm going to be a VERY busy boy!!
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    Seriously thinking about ARMY Nursing

    Hey guys and gals, just thought I'd stop by to post a quick update. I went to MEPS the second time on November 2 for the physical. (Already took the ASVAB the first time I was there). I passed the physical and everything was good there. Took my AIMS test, and eventually got called into the Army office to negotiate a contract. I sat at the desk and the man asked me what I wanted. I told him 68WM6 (Formerly 91WM6). He asked if I would sign if he couldn't get the M6, and I said that I would not. He started making phone calls, clicked around in the computer for a while, and asked a question now and then. Finally, he looks at me and says "You're a lucky man. You got your Mike 6". (Apparently, not many highschool dropouts with GEDs walk into the M6 identifier). So I moved on to the next desk and went through the actual signing of my contract. Didn't take long there at all. Went and took my oath from there. Here's the real clincher - I ship on Nov. 16! I have to move out of my house and be ready to go by the 15th! WOW, do I have alot to do! I feel a little....:chair: . :) BTW, I'll do my BCT at Ft. Leonard Wood, then I'll be off to Ft. Sam Houston for AIT (which will last about 69 weeks).
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    Seriously thinking about ARMY Nursing

    Aahh.. I see. I was still assuming that there was a RN, ASN program, but it appears you are right - it's a straight BSN. That makes sense. Sounds like a good deal to me, provided you're allowed enough 'free' time to persue your pre-clinical studies.
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    Seriously thinking about ARMY Nursing

    Thanks for the replies. I think it's sounding like I should just enlist, making sure 91wm6 is in my contract, and go from there. (Obviously considering I qualify) They'll run me through BCT, then the 91w which is the EMT stuff, then LVN/LPN from there. Sound about right? (And whatever else they want me to do in that time, of course). Then I just soldier on to RN, ADN and BSN from there. Obviously simplified, but does that sound about right? I'm still reading all the other links and threads. This is alot to think about!
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    Seriously thinking about ARMY Nursing

    Well, I'm back. I was here a while ago while I was doing my CNA course at the local Tech. school. My plan WAS to make my work schedule work with a school schedule, and put myself through Nursing School. I tried (went to days, took a different position), but I just can't have any guaranteed days off. Work thinks they are the most important thing in my life. I think differently. I've thought alot about what I can do to make something of my life, and I think I may have found the answer.. Join the ARMY. Here's some info on me: -Male -27 years old -Single, no kids -Renter - signed a new lease a few months ago -5'9", 210 (I gained about 50-60 pounds after I quit smoking in April '05) -GED, CNA. No further education -Overall good health. A bit overweight and out of shape at present, but I have a year to fix that before my lease is up. -Been at my current job almost 9 years. Good standing. All of my supervisors have/do like me. I'd rather work than chit-chat. -Minor things on my criminal record - traffic, trespass, underage drinking. Nothing major, and nothing for the past 5-6 years. -Hope to become a RN, and would like to specialize (thinking CRNA, but it's a bit early to be sure). I DO want to specialize somewhere though. -Get choked up every time the National Anthem plays. I have always thanked Vets for their service. But words are cheap. It would be nice to do more. SO.... 91WM6, 4 year enlistment? Will I be able to get my education in the ARMY, or are they mostly interested in educated people for this area? I don't have a problem working my way up the ladder. I just spent 9 years of my life working my way up the ladder at this job, and found out there isn't much at the top here. I'm looking for a taller ladder. Any thoughts, ideas, suggestions are welcome!
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    Cna?

    The ASN program I was looking to enroll in does require it. I had to take and pass the course, but did not have to pass the actual certification test. Different programs have different requirements, so you'd be best served by checking with them to be positive. Good luck!