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

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

What Your Nursing Textbook Didn’t Teach

Congratulations! You got your first job as a nurse! Now you’re ready to put your countless hours of clinical, simulation, labs and classes to work! While nursing school is your foundation and your backbone, there are just some things that nursing school cannot possibly prepare you for adequately. In school, you learn expected outcomes — how things are supposed to happen. For most, you get an 8hr, not 12hr day for clinical (not that I’d really want a 12 hour clinical day), a 1-2 patient assignment, get the occasional med pass, but you’re still in a practice or ‘safe’ mode. Continue Reading