Apex Anesthesia First Look and Binder Hack!

I’ve got a year and a half before I finish schooling…and the first thing on my mind is the NBCRNA Boards.  I recently purchased Apex, and so far I absolutely love it.  First of all the content of the modules is in a format that’s easy to read and understand.  It is mostly in short paragraph/bullet point format with nice diagrams and pictures.  In addition, it includes workbooks that are associated with each module. I’m not in board review mode yet, but I’ve been using Apex to supplement the material of my Principles of Anesthesia class.  I’ll go through it Continue Reading

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

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

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