The thought of interviewing in front of an admissions committees is foreign to most applicants.  Most of us didn’t have to interview for our undergraduate degree, and many of us cannot remember the last time we had a professional interview, especially one that is so vital to our future and that we’ve put in so […]

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CRNA Information Sessions

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What is an information session? Some nurse anesthesia programs offer information sessions for potential applicants.  These sessions might be hosted by the affiliated School of Nursing and have Nurse Anesthesia Program (NAP) representatives, or they may be hosted by the NAP themselves.  It is a chance for a school to explain its admission procedures, its […]

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How Much Money Does a CRNA Make?

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You can find this information online pretty easily if you know where to look.  Keep in mind that as a new graduate you are often on the lower end of the salary range.  Just to give you an idea, my classmates and I graduated in May of 2014.  We all had jobs prior to graduation […]

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An “Easy” CRNA Program?

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There is so much bad information on the internet regarding the nurse anesthesia application process and programs.  I recently spent hours online sifting through forums and was amazed at some of the blatant untruths out there.  There is even a popular website for potential applicants that is trying to sell you information that you can […]

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Do you Need IV Skills to be a Student CRNA?

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FAQ: Do I need to be good at IV’s before I get into CRNA school? Answer: No, but it does help. After 2.5 years in the ICU, a lay person may incorrectly assume I was an IV master. But as ICU RN’s know- we rarely get the chance to place IV’s in the unit. The […]

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How Hard is CRNA School? CRNA School Sucks?

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I lost track of how many CRNA’s have told me, “CRNA school sucks, but it’s worth it in the end.”  So I’m here to postulate why your CRNA Program might possibly be the most miserable 2-3 years of your life.  But don’t worry– I’m 9 months into my program and I’m here to tell you […]

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CRNA Admissions Essay

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I was digging through the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists website today when I found something that might help those of you starting to write your essays for those dreaded CRNA admissions committees. Sometimes one of the hardest questions to answer is “Why do you want to be a CRNA?”  Check out this link for […]

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What did this SRNA learn in Semester #1?

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You guys! I’m not dead.  My CRNA Program HAS been busy, but the real reason I haven’t posted is because I’ve been doing social things with my free time and have become lazy with blogging.  So where am I?  I’m in my second semester Week 6 and I’ve been doing 2 clinical days per week […]

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Week #13 as a CRNA Student- I’m Going to Cut You- Don’t Move!

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Introduction to Neuromuscular Blockers NMB= Neuromuscular Blocker= Paralytics= Muscle Relaxants= Your Patient Isn’t Going to Move (Hopefully!) When do you use them? Apparently, we use NMB’s more now than we used to.  We used to use them for cases where the patient’s breathing would interfere with the operation, like in the open chest cardiac & […]

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Week #12 as a CRNA Student- Student CRNA Survival Skills

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We are getting very close to finals (in 3 weeks) and everything is barreling down on us.  So far I’ve been managing fine and there have even been lulls where I have been able to party and enjoy life! BUT, when I look at my calendar for the next month- the amount we have to […]

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Week #11 as a CRNA Student- Yoga Patients!

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Positioning Down & Dirty Sometimes the positions we put our patients into on the operating tables can rival an advanced pose of any yoga master. There are many members of the surgical team that are additionally responsible for ensuring patient safety in these “poses” but as Nurse Anesthetists- we advocate for our patient’s safety by […]

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Week #10 as a CRNA Student- Role of Nurse Anesthetist

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Job Description for a Nurse Anesthetist Now that I am in Week 10 of my CRNA Program, I can better define the role of a nurse anesthetist in the hospital setting… Of course, there are many other niche services that Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist’s (CRNA’s) are qualified to provide…BUT, I haven’t had that experience yet […]

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Week #9 as a CRNA Student- Meet Iso, Sevo and Des

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If you are an Anesthesia Provider or want to be one, prepare to earn three new best friends: Desflurane, Isoflurane and Sevoflurane Volatile Inhalation Agents Most of the drugs used in Anesthesia are drugs that you have probably heard of before.  BUT, if you’re like me, you had zero knowledge regarding your “gases.”  These are […]

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Smart Phone Apps in the OR

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Technology is so Wonderful, Isn’t It? So you’re not going to lug a big heavy textbook (or 10) into the OR or into the ICU right?  Right.  That’s why smart phone apps are great for students or newbies who need a handy resource that is also portable and discrete. There are a ton of free […]

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Another Must-Have Textbook

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If you’re interested in Nurse Anesthesia, this is a must have! It’s easy to read and gives you all the basic info. If you want to get ahead before you start your program- I would snatch this up right now. Then you can impress your classmates and faculty by answering questions while everyone else stares […]

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First Day in the OR

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Observation Only my Butt! Today was my first “Observation Day” in the OR as a Student Registered Nurse Anesthetist (SRNA).  My TRUE clinical rotation starts in May but today was my opportunity to get into the OR, apply some of the things I have learned and to finally get my hands on an airway! It […]

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Week #8 as a CRNA Student- Mnemonics

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Mnemonics are handy dandy ways to remember what you are doing when you are a newbie.  Today I’ll share the ones we’ve learned so far. MSMAID This is a very famous Mnemonic for CRNA Students and practicing anesthesia providers.  You can use this to ensure that your room is setup with the essentials between every […]

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Week #7 as a CRNA Student- SRNA Advice!

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I cannot believe how fast the time is flying by.  I found out that my first clinical rotation is at a large Level 1 Trauma Center and starts in 2.5 months.  Might as well start at the top eh?  No easing into this student CRNA thing! This week we have our first official check off […]

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Week #6 as a CRNA Student- Airway, airway, airway!

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Remember when you were in nursing school and you learned how to put in IV’s? Remember when you found yourself staring at strangers’ veins in the grocery store and when you bugged family members to let them allow you to look at their veins? Well now I’m doing the same thing, but with airways. Here […]

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Week #5 as a CRNA Student- Study Tips You’ll Need

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Expert Interview Notification Last week CRNA Academy completed a great interview with a CRNA who has 4 years of experience.  She is very candid about her salary, the politics, and the job outlook for CRNA’s.  She even provides her contact information for members that have more questions!  Be sure to check out her interview today […]

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