Week #7 as a CRNA Student- SRNA Advice!

by admin

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 in the Simulation Lab.  We get 10 minutes to run through a complete anesthesia gas machine check off, and another 10 minutes to run through a pre-op interview and review of systems with a “pretend” patient.  If we have any time left, we will attempt to complete our induction sequence (take the patient back to the OR, give induction medications and intubate the simulation man).  At the end we will get a debriefing from our faculty.  Apparently if we do not complete the check off, we get a second chance later on.  They’re doing this to make sure we’re OR ready.  Because…next week we start our observation days in the Operating Room.

We Got Schooled

I learned some interesting things this week…

#1  When you’re a student CRNA, you have to “use your big boy words.”  When we graduate, we will likely be making 6 figures and we need to have the lingo.  You don’t call inhaled agents “gas,” but rather volatile agent or inhalation agent.  You don’t say, “I’m going to flip this thingy up,” you say “I am going to turn on the ventilator” and so on and so forth…

#2  You don’t tell your patient “I am going to put you to sleep now.”  This makes them sound like a doomed animal.

#3  The definition of the word PIMP.  It’s not what you think.  The seniors about to graduate in May tell us that when somebody says they’re going to pimp us- it means they’re going to put us in our place.  Is that necessary?  Haha.  I feel like I know my place pretty darn well and it’s wayyyy down here at the bottom of the totem pole.

#4  You have to learn to be flexible.  The students struggling the most are the 1. control freaks and 2. the slackers.  If you’re in the middle- you’re fine.  There will be times in CRNA school (no matter how great your program is) where the objectives aren’t clear, the plans change at the last minute, or you see test questions covering material that you were told explicitly not to memorize.  Bottom line, you have to be flexible and go with it. Things have a way of working themselves out.

#5  Never tell your CRNA in front of your patient that you’ve never done A, B, or C before.  NOT what someone wants to hear before it’s lights out for surgery…

#6  It’s illegal not to introduce yourself as a student when speaking with a patient.  Saying graduate student or telling them you are an RN going to anesthesia school sugar coats it a little…

#7  The CRNA’s and Anesthesiologists love to ask you questions while you’re trying to intubate a patient.  Why?  They want to see how you’ll handle the extra stress.  Just be aware that they enjoy watching us squirm.

And that’s it for this week!  Like always, I’m open to suggestions.  Is there anything you want to hear about CRNA school?  Post a comment or send me an e-mail to host “at” CRNAAcademy.com

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  • natalie

    husband has an interview this week. we enrolled in your academy, but wish there were more written resources for interviews, and that the rccordings of others had less ‘what i used to do in ICU’ and more actual ‘questions i was asked at my interview.’ that said,we have learned some helpful tips.

    • admin

      Hey Natalie,
      I know we already spoke via e-mail, but for everyone else- we just posted a HUGE (huge!) list of CRNA Interview Questions. Don’t worry- you aren’t going to get asked all of them unless you have a 12 hour interview. There are some good tips in the interview section of the Academy. Most important thing is to be yourself and be honest. Thanks for the request Natalie!

  • http://www.designlicensors.com/ sammy

    Good blogging!

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