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: 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

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

New Grad Nurse in the CVICU

Disclaimer: The original post was posted back in 2014, I’ve added somethings and updates! After doing my clinical rotations on general med-surg floors, interventional cardiology, neurosurgery and peds… I felt most comfortable and the most confident when I stepped into the ICU.  I don’t know what it is about it, but I enjoy every part of being on a critical care unit.  It was never scary for me seeing patients with a Christmas tree of IV pumps with lines and drains literally coming out of every orifice.  I wanted to be an ICU nurse and I made that dream a Continue Reading