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  1. blueberrypancakesforever

    Marshall University/CAMC CRNA 2020

    Ah. Hopefully the good ones stay. Yeah, I’ll be in the DNAP program.
  2. blueberrypancakesforever

    Marshall University/CAMC CRNA 2020

    Your stats seem awesome! I’d be super surprised if you weren’t accepted this round. I definitely agree about the GRE... terrible exam! Does your friend like the program so far at CAMC? I don’t know anyone personally who has gone there.
  3. blueberrypancakesforever

    My first big med error

    UPDATE: Thank you to everyone who replied. Your comments meant a lot. I didn't give up, kept working hard, learned a lot, passed my CCRN test, applied to CRNA school and got in. I start in the spring.
  4. blueberrypancakesforever

    Marshall University/CAMC CRNA 2020

    Hi! Stats: RN/BSN for 4.5 years. A little over 2 years ICU (1 year in an 18 bed med-surg ICU at a level 3 trauma/community hospital and a little over 1 in a 14 bed surgical-trauma ICU at a big, busy level 1) ACLS/PALS CCRN GRE 4.0 GPA in nursing school (I did an accelerated 2nd degree program) Joined all the honor societies, joined unit councils and nursing research councils etc. at the hospitals where I was/am employed. Application process: I applied to three schools (Gonzaga, OHSU, and CAMC/Marshall) Marshall is the only place I got in and is definitely the least competitive... :/ CAMC accepts much bigger cohorts than many other programs (20-30 students vs. around 12). Their pass rates on their boards have been quite low some years. The average number of cases their students log aren't as high as the other schools I applied to. On the plus side... I already live on the East Coast and WV is closer to family than the other schools and I know the Charleston area already. The cost of living is cheaper in WV compared to many other locations. All the hospitals you have to rotate through for clinicals are within the same general area so you don't have to travel which is nice. The CAMC application process was the easiest. There was no interview. I simply filled out/mailed the required paperwork. I interviewed at the other two schools and was wait listed at one and rejected from the other. Both schools had rather grueling interviews. Resources: Allcrnaschools.com (I found their general info/school comparisons useful) coacrna.org (very useful info for stats on specific schools. ie: average #of cases, average anesthesia hours, pass rates, accreditation etc.) Rhianna Ferial Youtube channel/blog (love her videos!) (P.S. She goes to Marshall/CAMC too...) Recommendations: Things to consider when applying to programs... Each year schools are becoming increasingly competitive. The acceptance rate for OSHU this year I calculated to be about 3%. Anything you can do to bolster your resume will be beneficial. One thing I heard throughout the process, during interview, and from others, is that schools want nurse leaders. They don't just want a smart nurse who knows vents, hemodynamics, and how titrate pressors. They want you to be a charge nurse, preceptor, and/or teacher of come sort. They want you to know how to run CVVH/CRRT. Even though most schools say 1-2 years of ICU accepted, they want 3-5. Many programs also like to point out that most students have to apply twice and typically aren't admitted on their first try. I honestly thought I'd be accepted more places with my stats. CAMC wasn't my first choice, but I am at the age where I just want to get my graduate degree started (I've been working toward this for about 7 years! ). I also feel burned out from bedside nursing so I am definitely excited to be moving forward. No matter what program you're accepted into, you all earn the same degree at the end! If you put in your best effort everyday, I think you'll come out on top. Good luck to you! Let me know if I can answer any additional questions!
  5. blueberrypancakesforever

    Marshall University/CAMC CRNA 2020

    Hey everyone, Is anyone else going to be starting anesthesia school in May 2020 at CAMC? I will be moving there this spring to start! :)
  6. blueberrypancakesforever

    My first big med error

    Hi guys, I’ve been a nurse for almost 4 years now and I recently made a med error which had got me feeling so horrible and questioning whether I should give up on nursing... I recently went through several big life changes and haven’t been on top of my game lately. My dad died 6 months ago, and shortly after that a long term relationship ended, I left the hospital I had been at since a new grad, moved to a new city and started working at a large, busy, level one trauma center ICU. I wanted to take this job to gain more experience before applying to CRNA school. I’ve been at the new job for 3 months (including orientation) and feel overwhelmed probably 1/3 to 1/2 the time. And I’ve been anxious and depressed lately at baseline since my dad died and all these life changes happened. What happened was my patient was on TPN and an insulin gtt. The next bag of TPN had insulin added to it and I mistakenly thought the plan was to d/c the insulin gtt because it was now in the TPN. I had the drip off for 4 hours before I realized this was incorrect. I told my charge and the provider and restarted the drip. They were both very forgiving but I am so mad at myself, I want to cry. The patients BG was of course elevated due to this and a few changes were made for meds/doses to try to better control it. Im so angry with myself, I feel like a complete failure and am questioning my career aspirations. If I can’t handle this ICU, and mess up an insulin gtt, will I be a failure as a CRNA? Is 3 months here too soon to give up? What should I do? Please give me any advice you have!! Thank you so much!!
  7. blueberrypancakesforever

    Ask a CRNA any question you want

    S-Hello, I am interested in becoming a CRNA and am looking for advice/tips for getting on the right path. B-I am currently a new grad BSN working on a medical floor at a large community hospital/level 2 trauma center. I earned my BSN from a 20 month accelerated second degree program with a 4.0 GPA. Previously, I worked as a vet tech and thoroughly enjoyed participating in surgeries, monitoring anesthesia of the animals, intubating, placing IVs, etc. This piqued my interest for pursing a CRNA career. In nursing school, I had the opportunity to spend a day in the OR and spoke with the CRNAs there, which further encouraged this career goal. A-I plan (hope) to complete one year on my current floor, which is a medical floor with an oncology focus. I then hope to work in intermediate care/step down for maybe one year, then move to the ICU for 1-2 years before applying for a program. This would give me 3-4 years as a nurse first. I am just shy of one month off of orientation now and though I feel pretty self sufficient most of the time, I still feel like I will never know enough to work in the ICU... The thought of taking care of patients with that level of acuity is daunting. I have never even participated in a real code yet! I of course plan to obtain my ACLS, PALS, telemetry training, CCRN, take the GRE, and any other necessary/available education, but do you think this time frame is realistic? Or do I need more time as an RN? Also, is experience in an ICU at a level 2 trauma center worthy enough? Or is experience at a larger CVICU or SICU necessary? R- Any other tips, advice, words of wisdom etc. would be appreciated. Thank you!
  8. blueberrypancakesforever

    MA ATT processing time?

    Luckily for me testing centers closer to where I live in Western Mass had more availability for dates & times than the ones further East and in CT. I picked June 23, but could have chosen earlier. Fingers crossed, I hope I pass.. Good luck to you! :)
  9. blueberrypancakesforever

    MA ATT processing time?

    I'm a new grad from MA too. I mailed my forms in on 5/20 and know they arrived 5/22 because I tracked the package, however it took till 5/29 for them to email me confirming they received my application. Then I got the ATT 6/1. Hope this helps!
  10. blueberrypancakesforever

    Help! Need advice with NCLEX prep

    Thank you so much!
  11. blueberrypancakesforever

    Help! Need advice with NCLEX prep

    Hello! I graduated in May with my BSN from a second degree program & I'm taking the NCLEX in a couple weeks. I studied hard in school & always had a 4.0. We had to take ATI prep courses and the ATI NCLEX predictor, which I scored high on (99% chance of passing on 1st attempt). However.... I decided to sign up for the ncsbn three week prep course online. I was told their questions are very similar to the NCLEX. I have failed every single one of their tests so far!!!!! The questions seem very different from ATI and I don't understand some of their rationales. Now I am so nervous that the ATI system is no good and my 99% chance to pass is bull-crap. The more ncsbn tests I take, the more anxious I get. Anyone know, or have an opinion on, how well either system prepares you/predicts your success?? Any advice is appreciated!! Thanks!
  12. blueberrypancakesforever

    Per Diem as a new grad??

    From what I understood, the hospital expects to hire a group of new grads into per diem positions and would orient them to the various units on the med-surg floor (respiratory, urology, admissions unit, general med-surg). After orientation, these nurses could be called to work on any unit.. I have the same hesitation about this as I would taking a float job as a new grad.. lack of consistency in work environment.. Thank you all for the feedback..much appreciated
  13. blueberrypancakesforever

    Per Diem as a new grad??

    Thank you very much! I appreciate the advice :)
  14. blueberrypancakesforever

    Per Diem as a new grad??

    Hi! I recently graduated from an accelerated second degree/BSN program. I interviewed today at the hospital where I did my clinical rotations. I was basically told they don't really have any full time positions available, but plan to hire a group of new grads to per diem positions after providing a 12 week orientation.. Has anyone worked per diem as a new grad?? My concern is that I won't be working enough to gain skills as fast as I'd like, even with 12 weeks orientation.. Any advice is appreciated! Thanks :)
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