Getting into CRNA School

Becoming a CRNA was my career goal that I’ve had since I began nursing school.  I graduated with my fingers crossed, hoping I’d get hired in a CVICU and I did!  From there I had my goal in mind, and pressed on.  It was wonderful making money, only working 3 days a week, but I wanted more out of my career and my life so it was essential that I made my dream a reality. Getting into CRNA school wasn’t easy, however it wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. For those already in critical care, here’s what Continue Reading

Apex Anesthesia First Look and Binder Hack!

I’ve got a year and a half before I finish schooling…and the first thing on my mind is the NBCRNA Boards.  I recently purchased Apex, and so far I absolutely love it.  First of all the content of the modules is in a format that’s easy to read and understand.  It is mostly in short paragraph/bullet point format with nice diagrams and pictures.  In addition, it includes workbooks that are associated with each module. I’m not in board review mode yet, but I’ve been using Apex to supplement the material of my Principles of Anesthesia class.  I’ll go through it Continue Reading

SRNA Survival Series: Professional Conferences

I love going to professional conferences.  Not only are they a way to get CE’s and learn a ton, it is a great way to network with other students and CRNAs.  (I also like to dress up since 75% of the time I’m in hospital provided scrubs). This past weekend I had the opportunity to attend the Seattle Annual Congress.  I went to the mid-assembly in the Spring, and since then I was hooked.  Every conference I get to attend, I’m there!   I went to a lot of the educational sessions, such as airway management, reimbursement lectures, spinal and Continue Reading

CRNA Interview Experience

I applied to CRNA school the moment the application was available on July 1, 2015. My recommendation letters were already in, and I was scheduled to take the GRE the following month.  Once I took the GRE’s, my scores were received by the school August 25 and my application was officially marked as complete. 2 weeks later I received a notification that my application was being moved to the interview round! (This is why I stress preparing for your interview once your application is in.) A month later, I was at the school, a nervous wreck, interviewing for one of the Continue Reading

How to Pay for CRNA School

I’ve come across a lot of people who have made the final decision between NP vs CRNA solely on cost. CRNA school is not cheap, but on top of that, a majority of students cannot work during the program, especially once clinical begins. Education is more than just education to me. It’s an investment in my life and my future. Simply getting a “degree” now-a-days just doesn’t cut it. I know way too many people with a bachelors degree working an entry level job, and people without a degree making a decent living. It all depends on what YOU want Continue Reading

From the Head of the Bed Report: 2nd Rotation, Week 1, Pt.2

I split this initial post into two because I can get a little long winded.  However, I did some interesting cases this week so I’d like to share! Clinical Experience So far I’ve done ECT’s (electroconvulsive therapy) and a Thyroidectomy. ECT: My first day, I did 11 ECTs. Yes, 11.  They are very interesting to say the least.  However, it is a wake up call because you think you’re good at bag-mask ventilation… then you do ECTs and realize how much you SUCK. Haha… no seriously… everyone told me that’s how it was going to be, but I thought I Continue Reading

From the Head of the Bed Report: 2nd Rotation, Week 1, Pt. 1

So I am finishing up my first week of full-time clinical + class.  Aside from having a debilitating cold/flu/plague, whatever you want to call it, I think I am going to like this clinical site. Here’s a run-down of what my schedule is like now: Monday: 10-12pm: Current Topics in Anesthesia –  We’re picking different NBCRNA Topics and creating mini board reviews.  I will be attending the AANA Annual Congress, so for my presentation, I’ll be presenting information from that. 1-4pm: Principles of Anesthesia – This semester we learn about Neuro, Pulmonary, Respiratory and Regional Anesthesia. 6-8pm: After class, I Continue Reading