From the Head of the Bed Report: Clinical Recap

So I’ve completed by first clinical rotation  and I can say it was amazing!  Prior to starting clinical I was having doubts about whether I made the right decision to start CRNA school, but once I was hands-on, actually intubating patients back-to-back, titrating anesthetic gasses, adjusting ventilator settings and extubating,  realized how much I truly enjoy it! It reminded me a lot of my CVICU days, adjusting my medications based on what I need to do for the patient…you’re constantly thinking, planning, and just enjoying the ride. I had a pretty successful rotation, I missed about 8 intubations, with two esophageal Continue Reading

SRNA Survival Series: Self-Care Part 2

In my previous post, I talked about self-care and finding time for yourself during school.  This doesn’t prevent stress, but when it happens here are some things you can do to de-stress. 1. Breathe Seriously, take a deep breath.  When I feel overwhelmed when I come home from clinical or as I’m writing a 20 page paper, or reading Nagelhout, sometimes I just have to stop and take a breath.  I bought a rocking chair that I sit in and drink tea every morning just to start off my day relaxed. I use the 4, 7, 8 breathing technique I Continue Reading

SRNA Survival Series: Semester Preparation

Whether this is your first semester or last semester, it’s important to get organized prior to it starting.  Most courses will post your syllabus beforehand, so print them out (or not) and have them ready! Some schools do not provide a syllabus for you (I just learned that) So if you don’t have a syllabus…I’m sorry, that’s quite devastating. Step 1: Gather thy syllabi. READ them. Know what will be expected of you.  How many tests and assignments are you going to have? How are those weighed in terms of your grade? Step 2: Write it down. Once you have Continue Reading

SRNA Survival Series: Self-Care Part 1

When you decide to start CRNA school, one of the biggest challenges is realizing that life doesn’t stop for you.   Unlike my undergrad days where all I had on my plate was school, the occasional fight with the boyfriend or girl drama, there weren’t as many distractions and stressors as there are now. “Me” time suddenly turned into Me + Nagelhout + 8 hrs sitting at my desk.  I don’t want you all to develop that equation every single day because it only equals one thing = STRESS. (ok… I got bars though! haha) Before starting your semester, whether it Continue Reading