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

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 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

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

Acceptance Letter.

And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.  – Paulo Coelho. I’ve been accepted to CRNA school. After hours of studying for the GRE’s, obtaining CCRN and CSC certifications and making sure my ACLS/BLS were up to date, I finally applied. Did I think  I was going to get in? No way. Am I happy that I’m in? Absolutely. It’s been a long while since I posted, I’ve been busy preparing for school, taking grad classes and doing a bit of TRAVEL NURSING! However, I felt compelled to start up my blog again. Continue Reading