Comments for Nurse Anesthetist All Thing Nurse Anesthesia Tue, 28 Mar 2017 05:22:23 +0000 hourly 1 Comment on Do You Have The Fire In The Belly? by David Roy Tue, 28 Mar 2017 05:22:23 +0000 Thank you sir

Comment on Calling All Candidates by David Roy Tue, 28 Mar 2017 05:14:46 +0000 Yo Graybeard,
I was older than you when I started and now am over ten years in practice. Yes it is worth is every last ounce of sweat blood and tears worth it. Let me know how it goes for you as you are now out in the “real” world.

Comment on There, I Said It Tells All by josh Sun, 26 Mar 2017 03:06:09 +0000 I couldn’t agree more. moving on.

I do have a question about admission to a program as well as performance post grad from a CRNA program. Currently, i am working as a flight RN with 6 years rotor flight experience. prior to that, I worked as an ED/trauma RN at a level I trauma/burn center. Im looking into CRNA school (of course) and I’m curious if my experience is enough to 1) be a quality applicant and 2) to be a good CRNA. I would never want to be a marginal CRNA. (i just don’t work that way)

I have an opportunity to continue flying for a new (to me) ICU heavy flight program and possibly pick up some per diem ICU work.


Comment on Calling All Candidates by Highly Favored and Motivated Fri, 20 Jan 2017 01:08:44 +0000 Hi David,

Thank you so very much for sharing this extremely useful information. Currently, I have an upcoming interview for a nurse anesthesia program. I have been critical nurse in a level 1 teaching hospital for four years and for as long as I can remember nurse anesthesia has been my goal. I can still remember my lecture on perioperative nursing back in nursing school and looking to my neighbor and saying that my goal is to be a CRNA. At the time, she admitted ally had no idea what I was speaking of but the passion behind my decision led me to explain.

At this time, despite my opportunity to interview, I am extremely nervous. I am a nurse who completed my ASN then continued on for my BSN. While obtaining my ASN, I maintained a solid GPA of 3.7. I passed my nclex on the first try at 75 questions. About 6-9 months after returning to school to obtain my BSN, I learned that I was pregnant. My husband and I were extremely excited but who knew that my pregnancy would be extremely complicated. Despite the complications, I continued to push through; however completing assignment in not the best health and from a hospital bed left my grades as marginal. I ended up receiving three C’s in a few of my courses which ended up dropping my overall GPA to 3.27.

I have since taken a graduate course and received a B+ in the course (Advanced Patho). Currently, I am enrolled in another graduate course. I decided that I wanted to take these courses to display how serious and motivated I am. I have numerous recommendations and I have passed my CCRN. Despite the fact that I have already been extended and interview, I am worried that my GPA separates me from other contenders in a not so good way. At this point, I am unsure if there is anything else that I can do to enhance my portfolio. By any chance, do you have any suggestions? I would greatly appreciate it if you could just shed a little light on my situation.

Thanks in advance and I really look forward to hearing from you!

Comment on Do You Have The Fire In The Belly? by Garrett Kitt Sun, 02 Oct 2016 20:31:12 +0000 Professor G,
Thank you for keeping this blog going over the years. For those of you considering anesthesia training to become a CRNA please do yourself a favor and roll through this site and make sense of some the posts as prep suggestions and jump off to your thoughts and visions for what training will look like for you. As you will see there are plenty of resources to read, listen, and rationalize as to what anesthesia training will be. I have read this post and others on this site quite a few times over the last 3 years and although there are plenty I agree with and others I question, I know this site will give you access to people and some of the bare bones questions I wanted to know before applying and while attending graduate training in nurse anesthesia; e.g., what should I be reading, what can I think about while working in critical care currently to help prep for anesthesia training, etc.

When asked at the beginning of anesthesia school about what I was thinking about or what goals I had, one of my first statements / questions I said to my program director was…, it is important to me to learn how to think like a CRNA, how to think like someone who administers anesthesia. I thought this statement / question would bury me in the bowels of anything thought good about me. I just knew at the time that this was embarrassing but I went for it; mostly on the premise that I had already paid tuition (an expensive one) and that I could not go forward without asking. Thankfully, amongst other wonderful things, she did me a favor and slowed down my approach to grad school and I am still here.

As excellent examples, this is what I am thinking about today while preparing for an exam (and most days); I will leave these here and maybe I have said them previously.

1. One of our beloved, 5-star, and most incredible instructors told us to quickly learn how we learn. Although seemingly a simple statement, it has proven worthy in order to stay on track mentally, make progress, and to ensure a system is in place for learning, studying, etc.
2. If you don’t already know this, the prep is everything; and then prep again. Enough said.
3. How do you know something? Connecting “the dots” will make many concepts and raw info make a home in deep operational memory. Still a work in progress for me; probably forever
4. Constantly ask, what am I missing? A good way to review / scan what is in front of you so you don’t %$#* up something easily missed.
5. Patient safety and comfort come before everything else, including my popularity.
6. Know why you are doing something. If you don’t know “why” then it’s probably a bad idea.
7. ***Advanced concept for me. Know why to do (or give) something, and why to not.

All of these I picked up from remarkably amazing people I have had a chance to train with during my clinical experiences. Simple but more than effective. As an evolving and developing list maybe it answers my question from the first week or maybe it will help someone else who has similar questions as an intro or to avoid feeling awkward as I did. Not that I am correct (but I did get accepted) or this list is the way to think for a person providing anesthesia as evidenced by a highly powered PRCT supported in a systematic lit review, but these and a few others have gotten me this far. Thank you to those who supported me and to those who will. I will pay it forward gladly.

Keep surrounding yourself with what you are becoming and let everything else take care of itself,
GK (2nd year SRNA)

Comment on Calling All Candidates by Graybeard Sun, 02 Oct 2016 18:30:19 +0000 As an SRNA who was 52 at the start of a 28 month long program, I can tell you that doing this in your 50s is nothing like doing it in earlier decades! I can’t speak for anyone but myself of course, but I was in my early 40s when I started my BSN, and CRNA school is orders of magnitude harder and more stressful. I’m currently weeks away from graduating, and knowing what I know now, I’d have to think very long and very hard about whether this was worth it at my (our) age. I’m getting through it, but it has been a struggle from the get-go for me. Academics is hard, but the clinical side of things has been really tough for me. I also think that for better or worse, a lot of people have a “thing” about older people in positions such as being an SRNA. I can’t put my finger on anything overt, but I can’t help but see that it’s there. Go in with your eyes as wide open as possible, and know that you will very likely run into people who couldn’t care any less whether you succeed or not, and people who will see you as an older person as a threat to them (even though you are in no way actually a threat). It’s tough, and I’m praying the reward will be worth it, and that I’m able to work into my 70s to make it more worthwhile.

Comment on Money Issues by Daniel Thu, 01 Sep 2016 03:09:45 +0000 I only know how hard it is to get out of debt from Anesthesia School. I have only been out 3 years and I still have that burden on me. I have however paid off one loan of $25k. It took some sacrifice and determination but I made it.

Comment on Recertification for CRNA’s by Amy Sat, 30 Jul 2016 02:05:08 +0000 This is all about $$$$$. They want to charge us hundreds of dollars for this test. That’s all it is. I agree,….for NBCRNA to make such abrupt changes in the recertification process was unprofessional and unwarranted. without Evidenced based facts that proves doing this will make CRNAs safer. In addition, making DNP programs is clearly a money making Scam. These DNP CRNAs have poor clinical skills because they just added a bunch of nonsense classes and took away actual hands on clinical hours. Therefore, I am no longer a supporter of AANA because they obviously do not support the views of the majority of CRNA in All 50 states. They do not represent the stat of Florida. They have their own money making agenda.

Comment on Calling All Candidates by Peripatetic CRNA Sat, 09 Jul 2016 18:35:01 +0000 Good morning –

For anyone interested in learning more about how to get into CRNA school, I recently started a blog detailing my experience getting into school, my experience during school, and my experience as a new grad CRNA. Feel free to check it out. Would love to hear feedback from anyone who has questions about the journey in becoming a CRNA or if you have questions/comments about the website itself.

Comment on American Health Care CRNA Placement Service by Bryan Mon, 28 Dec 2015 01:30:37 +0000 Anesthesiology is a medical sepicalty. Nurses are anesthetists. BIG difference. You’ll need to learn that if you hope to become an anesthetist.If you can’t do that research yourself, I doubt that you have what it takes to be a competent nurse anesthetist. Laziness is frowned upon.