SRNA Survival Series: Semester Preparation

Whether this is your first semester or last semester, it’s important to get organized prior to it starting.  Most courses will post your syllabus beforehand, so print them out (or not) and have them ready! Some schools do not provide a syllabus for you (I just learned that) So if you don’t have a syllabus…I’m sorry, that’s quite devastating. Step 1: Gather thy syllabi. READ them. Know what will be expected of you.  How many tests and assignments are you going to have? How are those weighed in terms of your grade? Step 2: Write it down. Once you have 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

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