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: 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: 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

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