Current and past SRNA
I'm starting my education this fall, and would like to hear from SRNA's on how they are managing their time and what works for them to keep their balance and sanity during the semesters. I'm already getting overwhelmed when I think of what's entailed to be successful, but I don't want to "burn out" early. I understand the time involved, but please share what's working for you since you're the "been there, done that" crowd in my eyes. Do you take any days off on the weekend? How much sleep do you try to get?(to function at least coherently) What do you do for "fun" to get away from the books for a short while?
Also, if you could do the first year over now knowing what you know (Not that anyone I've talked to would do it a second time!:chuckle ) what would you have done different?
Finally, any good "on the side" texts that you feel are great supplements to help understand some of the difficult concepts during school. Physiology, Pharm, ect. would be greatly appreciated. Good luck to all on finals this semester!
Apr 20, '04
Quote from Nursekatydid
You mention in your journal entry on 10/06/03 that you didn't get "pimped" very hard but you were put on the spot. What does pimped mean in that text?
Pimped means, being asked questions that while relavent to the delivery of anesthesia, are not relavant particularly to the task at hand.
Imagine during your induction and intubation, the attending of the day decides to ask you questions such as.
How does a Sat probe work? (further so lambert Beer eh? what wave lengths of light? How does it work through nail polish? why does it work for dark skin? what will give you false readings?) During the process of answering these questions, you are expected to push your induction drugs, ventilate the patient and have a good outcome while getting the answers right to all the questions. Remember, there are as many as eight other people in the room with you, watching and listening.
Other great pimping questions.
How does your capnograph work?
How much O2 is your patient consuming right now?
How much CO2 is your patient producing right now. (say you answer that correctly the attending in one of my cases followed up with this gem) So if I told you, that you could make one change to your vent settings with the goal of having the patients CO2 end up at forty in one hour, what change would you make? If the CO2 on the monitor does not read forty in one hour your fired. How would you do it?
I was asked this question while performing a hypotensive technique on a ASA 4 patient recieving a Crani.
Basically a pimp is a question that tests your level of knowledge, and also your handling of stress.
Last edit by nilepoc on Apr 20, '04