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

Should I work while I’m in nursing school?

We all know nursing school is stressful and almost unbearable.  We end up with no social life, possible gastric ulcers, sleep deprivation… a case of the crazies.   Adding a job can be pushing it, but I’m here to tell you that it is worth it.  So why get a job in the hospital during school?  Why worry about this when you’re rockin’ your clinicals and your GPA is stellar?  To put it simply, it’s not all about what you know, it’s who you know and if you’re already “in,” it’s possible that you’ll end up with multiple job offers Continue Reading

Positive anything is better than negative nothing.

All my life I’ve been a pessimist.  Why not think that you’re going to fail to be pleasantly surprised when you succeed?  I worked extremely hard throughout nursing school, still believing that I wasn’t good enough and that I’d never be good enough. Some people use this strategy on a daily basis like I have and in reality, thinking negatively doesn’t cause a cosmic shift and make things positive. Then again, thinking positive may not miraculously cause things to go in your favor, but what I learned is that thinking negatively causes so much more tension and stress. There’s no reason Continue Reading

Tips for Nursing School Success

Nursing school wasn’t easy…but you can make it so much easier in 5 steps… 1. GET ORGANIZED! My first semester of nursing school I got a HUGE desk calendar, a planner and the app iStudiez Pro (loved it!) After I printed out all of the syllabi (all 87 pages– ok I made that up, but it was a lot of paper!)  I went through each class and wrote down on the calendar when major assignments were due, when all of my tests/quizzes were and any simulation labs.  I then wrote all this down into my paper planner and then into Continue Reading