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Sunday, May 1, 2016

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Saturday, April 30, 2016

Getting Into CRNA School: Becoming an Nurse Anesthetist

Below are the requirements according to the American Association of Nurse Anesthetist, in addition to some helpful tips of my own.
  1.    Apply and get accepted into an Accredited BSN program. (Or BS in Science with RN Licensure)
  2. Graduate with an competitive GPA (3.6+) and pass NCLEX licensure
  3.   Gain employment in a VERY Critical care unit (CSICU, CICU, ETC…) in a large Level 1 teaching hospital. 
  4.  Work for at Least one year/make a good impression on managers/ Shadow multiple CRNA
  5. Take GRE and SCORE HIGH
  6. Obtain BLS,ACLS, PALS, CCRN (More certifications will help you stand out
  7. Apply to CRNA school
 These 7 items are considered the “GOLDEN STANDARD” for getting into Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) school.  However; there are always exceptions to the rule. The MOST important thing is to know the requirements of the school you are applying for. Many CRNA programs no longer accept ER, Trauma, or PICU experience.

 Pay attention to the school requirements and try to tailor yourself as closely as possible to their requirements. Some schools focus heavily on the GRE while others focus on GPA and experience. Do your research and stay ahead of the game. Remember some CRNAs applied five times before they were accepted. It is tough but do not give up. 

The Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) standard of practice takes into effect in 2020 for CRNAs. This deadline will give you plenty of time to get into a CRNA masters program before the doctorate degree level of entry becomes mandatory. Good luck!  

Friday, March 4, 2016

Inspiration for Nurses and Students

Good morning current and future ‪#‎nurses‬!! Just know that NO MATTER how hard Work/School is, you are making a difference in the world. You may feel under appreciated or mistreated but you are Critical to the‪#‎healthcare‬ mission! Somewhere, right now, your patient is telling their family "what a great nurse you were because THEY ARE STILL ALIVE! Its all because of you! You rock nurses!!! 

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Eating healthy: During 12hr shifts


 1.   Eat Breakfast! 
Eating breakfast provides needed energy to power you throughout the day. 
        Quick breakfast =2 Hard boiled eggs and a cup of orange juice. Tip: Boil 6 eggs and refrigerate them. In the morning just grab and go.

2.   Stash away!

           Keep a stash of nutrient dense snacks in your nursing bag on the floor. (String cheese, tuna and crackers, trail mix, nuts, fresh and dried fruit, yogurt).

3. Vending machine woes!

 If you must go to vending machine choose healthier options. Protein dense snacks such as snickers, Peanut m&m's, trail mix, baked chips.

4. Drink plenty of water! 
Thirst can disguise itself as hunger. Staying hydrated prevents you from overeating.

5. Avoid caffeine!!! 
Caffeine gives you a false sense of energy followed by a sudden crash. Plus carbonated drinks are usually filled with LOADS OF SUGAR!! 

6. Snack on! 
In reality, most of us nurses do not get a lunch break. If you’re in this situation, then it is important for you to have small snacks every two hours during your shift. This will keep your metabolism rolling and provide you with ongoing energy.  

Disclaimer: These are just suggestions that stem from factual sources. Ultimately, You know what your body needs. Cater to your needs anyway you see fit. :-)

Friday, January 22, 2016

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