Need answers from current CRNAs or current SRNAs!!!!

  1. Hello
    First of all, after reading the many threads that were posted before me, I never knew there was such controversy over nursing anesthesia in regards to the title, salary, etc...!!!

    But anyways, my questions is plain, simple, and pretty much open-ended.

    ~What is CRNA SCHOOL like?~

    The reason why I ask this is because I have been interested in this field for quite some time. I will recieve my BSN in May and was wondering whether i should start off in Med/Surg or ICU since CRNA schools require at least 1 yr experience in the icu. In gaining a better understanding of the 2+ years of school and training, i hope it'll bring me closer to making my decision. (But thats a whole other topic. Let's stay focused.)

    ~What is CRNA SCHOOL like?~

    -How was your experience?
    -describe your classes
    -describe your clinicals
    -do you have 4 semesters consecutively or have the summer breaks in between?
    -How many classes per semester?
    -Is it possible to maintain a family while attending crna school?
    -Is there a preceptorship at the end of the 4th or 5th semester? If so, for how long?
    -Anything else you would like to add would be great!

    Well, thats all i could think of at the moment, but i know questions will randomly pop into my mind, and i will post them as they come.

    I appreciate any feedbacks
    Thanks in advance
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  3. by   suzanne4
    I took the liberty of moving your post to the pre-CRNA forum where you will find answers to all of the questions that you have posted here. The pre-CRNA forum was set up to help you answer these type of questions.

    The CRNA forum is for clinical type questions, at least we are trying to keep it that way.

    Please do a search on this forum, and you will find tons of info that has already been posted.

    My suggestion to you is that you try to shadow a CRNA for a few days, even at a few different facilities, to make sure that it is something that you would really be interested in doing.

    Each program is different, some are what they call front loaded, meaning most of your classroom material is at the beginning of your program, and clinicals later on, others are combined. You essnetially give up two years of your life while you are in the program. You do not get vacations like you are used to in any of the programs, two weeks at a time, for most of them.
    School is essentially year-round.
  4. by   SigmaSRNA
    I'm in my first semester of CRNA school now and I have to say that I'm having a really good time. I know it sounds completely insane but its true. If you really like to learn why you do the things you do, you will love it. I will say this. I HAVE NEVER STUDIED THIS MUCH IN MY LIFE!!!!!
    You can do it with a family (one of my classmates has 4 kids and a supportive husband). It can be done. You just have to put in the work. My program is front loaded (12months of classroom followed by 16 months of clinicals). We have classes MWF with simulator lab on tuesdays or thursdays.
  5. by   nursern20
    Thanks Suzanne4!! i had no idea
  6. by   Focker
    Regardless of CRNA school, I would say go straight into ICU if you can. I cant imagine I would have learned anywhere near as much or felt as good about my career choice if I had gone to med-surg.
  7. by   Kiwi
    Fast times at SRNA high, eh... grad school:

    I love that thread
  8. by   nursern20
    thanks for everyones reply! Still would like more people to comment on their experiences, if possible.

  9. by   rgary
    I am a practical nurse student and watched a laparscopic procedure nov. 10, 2005. I need to know what tubes are inserted into the endotracheal airway other than the endotracheal tube during surgery?
  10. by   Lucy54
    I'm in my first semester but I'll tell you what I know. My program is front loaded, meaning we do all classwork for the first 2 semesters and then start clinicals. We start in August and take 16 hours of classes during the fall, and 15 during the spring, then we have a May miniterm and start clinicals in June. No summer vacation This doesn't account for the endless hours of studying and lab time, so don't be misled. If you want to know what classes you'll be taking, check the websites of the schools you will be applying to. They will list the classes for you and also explain how the semester should flow. Good Luck!
  11. by   skipaway
    Quote from rgary
    I am a practical nurse student and watched a laparscopic procedure nov. 10, 2005. I need to know what tubes are inserted into the endotracheal airway other than the endotracheal tube during surgery?
    No other tubes should be inserted into the trachea other than an endotracheal tube. You may have noticed an esophageal stethescope and an oral gastric tube. The esophageal stethescope is inserted through the mouth and into the esophagus and is used to listen to heart and lung sounds and also monitor the patient's temperature. The oral gastric tube is an ng tube inserted into the mouth instead of the nose, down into the stomach to decompress the stomach during the surgical procedure.
  12. by   nursern20
    I know that in crna school you have to take chemistry and physics classes. These are my worst 2 subjects!!! I really hate physics especially. Do you guys really use this knowledge in everyday practice??