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

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

Anesthesia Setup: Medications

At my current clinical facility, drugs are drawn up in the morning, then locked in the anesthesia cart in the room.  My first day,  I was told to draw up the drugs and even though I’m a nurse, figuring out which syringes they wanted to use slowed me down the first couple times.  Here’s a quick guide to how I draw them up.  It’s best to draw your drugs up in order of what you’ll be using, that way you won’t forget anything.  Here’s what my normal drug set up looks like:   Midazolam – 3 cc syringe Fentanyl – Continue Reading

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