Pre-CRNA Interview Exam

Before entering the CRNA program at school, you should be prepared to answer a list of questions. Here is one nurse’ tips from a CRNA interview:

“I have a study guide that I found pretty handy to use for CRNA interviews. Here are a few questions that were asked at the 3 interviews i attended.

-Describe dif. b/t 1st, 2nd degreee type 1 and 2 and 3rd degreee hrt blcks.
-Which ones will atropine work on
-Know strips – afib, v tach/fib blcks and treatments.
-Interpret ABG and give treatment eg. CO2 55, PH 7.20, Po2 wnl, HCO3 wnl, bicarb wnl or slightly elevated so increase rate to 12 from 10 ect.
-Know what your vasoactive drips, what they do, how they work, side effects, when to use.
-know acls protocols ect.
-Formula for SVR i missed this one
-Do you use atropine on pt with hrt Transplant – no b/c hrt denervated so pace, then why can HR increase with exersize – epi released from adrenal medulla not dependent on nerves.

others:
-Why CRNA, why get out of bedside nursing- 2 words Poo poo LOL
-what can you bring to the table to improve program, profession ect.
-How your going to pay for school – loans ect.
-Be honest: They may ask explain a mistake you once made and what you learned from it.
-Last time you had confrontation with MD and how you smoothed it over
-What you do for fun or to relieve stress, what are your hobbies

other tips that will impress interview board.

-be farmiliar with current CRNA/MDA/AA political issues, search on this board, AANA.com or studentdoctor.net Anesthesia forum, at least bring your farmiliararity with this up, they all ate this up
-Talk about any sedation/paralytics/pain med infusions you use in ICU eg. we may use nimbex, fent, ativan drips to sedate, talk about this but know it well because they will pimp you off of this.
-Talk up your experience as much as possible even if it’s not the best.
– If you havent taken CCRN register for exam now and tell them you will take it asap when get paper work back, its not a bad test if you study.
-Talk about any epidural experience you have in ICU if any, we use them for thoracotomys and AAA’s/Taaa’s and titrate them to SE /pain mgmt, they will like that you have used them if you have
-My grades were not great before nursing school but improved once in nursing school so you may have to explain

The last and most important thing is be very CONFIDENT. CONFIDENCE i believe is the key. Yes sir/mam if the people are way older than you as in my case. Always Eye contact, firm hand shake, thank you at end.

– If you dont know the answere to a clinical question just say I’m not sure, and maybe say if you are farmiliar with it but not sure exact answer, thats what they want you to say. They dont want you to guess or BS.

– of course you will be nervous but try to chill, be as prepared as possible and that will decrease your nervousness

-have somewhat of an opening statment prepared talking up your strengths such as grades, GRE, clinical exp, professional org, or extra curriculars you were involved in in past.

-have a list of questions to ask them such as:

Support for students?
Clinical Sites?
Minimun or average Epidurals, aline, Cent line placements by last grad class?
Pass rates on cert exam?
Artrition rates?
SIM labs?
Average # OR hours last grad classes had?
Average # peds/thoracic cases grad classes had?
Competition with residents or AA students for cases if affilated with other programs?”

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The Dreaded Nurse Research Paper – Pointers for Success

The Dreaded Research Paper – Pointers for Success



If you have finished a graduate school program, then you would also have experienced doing the boon of all graduate students – the much hated research paper assignment. The moment the deadline is given, it will eventually sink in to you that you have so many things to do yet so little time. You then realize that you cannot help but procrastinate. Is there any possible way to break the spell?


There are different research paper styles depending on the graduate program you are in. Initially, one needs to have the “shell” of your paper ready depending on what approach your program entails. Nursing programs usually entail its students to use the APA style of research papers. In order to start you need to set up the first page (title page), the second page (abstract page), and third page (level one heading) and the reference page.

The Dreaded Nurse Research Paper – Pointers for Success

The Dreaded Nurse Research Paper – Pointers for Success

Do not get overexcited after you have the “shells”. Keep in mind that the “shells” are not yet the whole content of your research paper. You can check out page 306 of the 5th edition of the APA manual. You can use it as a sample guide.

The APA formatting and style guide is a really superb source of form. It already has a background framework of the title page and abstract. You can look up the sample reference page located at the APA Sample Reference Page.

When you have finished creating the “shell” for you research paper, you can already say that you have actually started the wheels of your research paper rolling.

For the abstract, research papers usually have three portion. However, here is a formula that is commonly used by many:

The paper uses the compare and contrast method and is separated into three portions: The first fraction examines the object of comparison, the second fraction reviews (can be related to literature significant to the objects being compared) and the final fraction which pictures out the differences and similarities using different perspectives. Inferences and implications for the research and practice are conferred in the paper as well. Please remember that information websites such as Wikipedia is not a scholarly supply of your information. You have to

To study about other intellectual references, you can use dogpile.com metasearch engine or Google Scholar. Look for journal articles using CINAHL. Please keep in mind that Wikipedia and other information websites like it are not a scholarly source of information. You need to differentiate scholarly from non-scholarly sources by researching about legitimate sources of scholarly information. Wikipedia may be an easy source of information, but not all of it are accurate as people can actually tamper with the information being posted which has a tendency for bias and prejudice.

Professors from graduate school usually prefer primary sources instead of secondary and tertiary levels. In order for you to pinpoint primary sources, you may look for secondary sources and search for the reference list of your secondary source. You can try to see whole sections of particular books at Google Books Search. You can use it anytime free of charge. Another resource of information is Questia. You must, however pay for its services at $100/ year, but you will realize that it is all worth it.

The next thing you would do is to start the a rough outline of your paper. A little patience is needed here; don’t be too fastidious in this process as constant proofreading will smoothen the section. The important thing now is to get the ball rolling and start the process.

Anything You Need to Know About Associate Degree in Nursing

Anything You Need to Know About Associate Degree in Nursing


The different multiple entry points into becoming a registered nurse include the Associate in Nursing (which is also termed ADN), BS Nursing or BSN, diploma in nursing, and last is entering directly in graduate programs of nursing. Such options have made it confusing for the public especially to those who would like to pursue nursing as a profession. One of the options, Associate Degree in Nursing is the main focus of this discussion.


The programs for ADN started in 1952 when Mildred Montag, a nurse and also an educator from Columbia University took it as a subject of her dissertation. According to Montag’s study, the 2-year associate degree programs is possible, by cutting short the time needed to educate nursing students, because during that time, they are required to study for 3 years for them to obtain a diploma. During that time, there was a big shortage on nurses because the war has just ended.

About 60 percent of new-minted nurses in the US are from associate degree programs. The associate degree program helps students prepare for beginning a career in professional nursing practice. After completing an accredited program which takes two years, the graduates are qualified for the NCLEX which means National Council Licensure Exam.

Anything You Need to Know About Associate Degree in Nursing

Anything You Need to Know About Associate Degree in Nursing

Typical associate degree in nursing course takes seventy to eighty hours per semester. The curriculum includes nursing theory as well as varied clinical experiences which provide skills for care centered towards the patients in different situations. Opportunities for employment are in an intensive care units, private clinics and agencies for the community.

Listed here are some of the positive sides to associate degree in nursing:

• Lower cost of education compared to BSN
• It will take lesser time in finishing the course because it only takes 2 years.
• Services to isolated areas can be facilitated
• Local people are given the chance to work and gives them the chance to render service to their community
However, there are also drawbacks on associate degree in nursing and listed here are some of these:
• A number of applicants who are qualified are not shortlisted or they still need to wait because the class size of ADN is limited and many are applying to get in
• The co requisites in most programs are considered as prerequisites
• Students in some scenario are forced to re enroll in science and other subjects for a good standing so that they can equal other candidates in very competition-oriented process of admission into program.
• It happens that many students are not given the recognition they deserve, academically speaking for extra hours in the semester and their difficult work.
• They often get bedside nurse positions because they lack educational qualifications for management, education, and other roles.
Lastly,
• There are fewer opportunities available for advancement in the field they chose because many associate degree nurses fail to cope up with the stressful clinical environment as they age.

With this, consider the options before choosing your career path. It is also necessary to think twice and ponder on your options so that you maximize your time and resources for the fulfilling career you would like to achieve.

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