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

Note Taking Hack: Study Guides from PPT Slides

A lot of my colleagues like to study off of the powerpoint slides.  Now a days we’re stuck in a craze of Professors jam-packing presentations with tons of information, just to read off of it.  It’s a good and a bad thing.  The information is all there so if you’re not paying attention, sitting in the back of the class shopping Amazon deals, it’s great. But, active listening and participation is key to a conductive learning environment.  Reading the slides out loud doesn’t do much in terms of helping our brain make those critical connections it needs to make things Continue Reading

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