Fall Lecture SeriesBy
The Fall is here and a new class start their didactic schedule. This season is a break for the clinical faculty here at the USC program of anesthesia. The senior students are for the most part off doing advanced rotations such as cardiac or neuro surgery with Staff Anesthesiology in attendance for teaching and patient supervision. The CRNA faculty is concentrating on lectures and rest from a long 8 months of OR teaching. Of course we get to now do our own anesthesia cases which is really SWEET!
This year I have been really privileged to participate in the recent graduation of our 2008 class here at USC. The slide show that was put on by JR included many of the pictures that I took over the past two years of this SRNA group. They were great to work with and I am sorry that they are now all gone on to study for Board Exam. One of the things that I have been working on for the past couple of years now is a CRNA board review class that is given to the seniors during their final year before graduation. Dr. Michele Gold and I will be starting this review again next month and the series will run until graduation next August. The preparation for these reviews in tremendous but wonderful. It keeps me in tune.
What prompted me to write after a little layoff was a recent comment by Wes. Here it is for your enjoyment:
I’ve recently finished reading through most, if not all, of the blogs here on the site. I am really impressed and have enjoyed this personal perspective into the field that I haven’t found on other NA websites including the AANA. Reading through this blog has been a real treat and I consider it half pleasure reading and half personal research into a field that I have increasing interest in.
When I was a nursing student, I must admit that I found the profession to be boring and full of magazine reading. Now as a nurse working in a neuro-surgical-surgical-trauma ICU, I admit that I had no idea of the awesome responsibility and greatly expanded knowledge base of the CRNA. Gaining experience with mechanically ventilated patients receiving anesthetic and analgesic drips, I am beginning to realize just how little I know and how much more I want to know about anesthesia.
This once seemingly “boring” profession is starting to become so very interesting to me as I read websites such as this and as I care for post-surgical ventilated and sedated patients. I also enjoy picking the brains of the anesthesia residents as they do rotations on our unit and find them to be quite knowledgeable.
I apologize for the long personal story, but I just wanted to say thank you for the great insight of all those who have contributed to this site from every step of the journey.
David, I must congratulate you on your hard earned achievements! Reading through the older blogs gives us an idea of how strenuous this journey really is. The great tips on applying to CRNA school and surviving once your in…have been helpful to many I’m sure.
Finally, living so close to USC in neighboring San Bernardino county I can’t help but inquire if you or your colleagues would be interested in taking on yet another “shadow.” Please e-mail me when you find some free time. Thanks again.
Thank you Wes for really nailing it for me. Your perception of what this blog is all about is exactly right. When I started out looking into becoming a CRNA there was nothing on the web where I could find real information about what it was like to be a CRNA, how to get in to a program or what it took to really shine as a student nurse anesthetist. So I did it myself!
Now the torch is past along to those eager students willing to tell their stories and share their experiences with others. I invite any interested in becoming a CRNA or those students already in programs to write to me and I will put it “up on the web” for others to read, learn from and be inspired by to become the best they can be. For me this has been as a nurse anesthetist. I have never regretted one moment of that decision to go for it.