Thursday, February 18, 2010

new dreams

ok, i always have some new idea, but i'm SUPER excited for this one!!!

i didn't think i'd like working outpatient surgery, but i've loved it! i would love to work in a unit like that some day. one of my favorite parts of working there is interacting with the different types of doctors and nursing staff. yes, i have my favorite surgeon and i have my favorite nurse, but i can't figure out a favorite anesthesiologist.

and i think that's because i love them. i love their job and the way they assist the patients. i love that they are, essentially, licensed drug dealers. dude, what an awesome job!

and did you know that you don't have to be an md to be one?!? oh, that's right. nurses can be them too-certified registered nurse anesthetist. but how can a nurse achieve this? let me tell ya:

  1. A Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) or other appropriate baccalaureate degree.
  2. A current license as a registered nurse.
  3. At least one year of experience as a registered nurse in an acute care setting.
  4. Graduation with a master’s degree from an accredited nurse anesthesia educational program. As of October 2009 there were 109 nurse anesthesia programs in the United States utilizing more than 1,900 approved clinical sites. These programs range from 24-36 months, depending upon university requirements. All programs include clinical training in university-based or large community hospitals.
  5. Pass a national certification examination following graduation.
i'm almost half way there! ok, actually, i meet no requirements yet, but by june i should have 1 and 2 out of the way. then, some experience, some more schooling, and another test. bada-bing, bada-boom-CRNA here i come!

do you think i jest? oh no, my new dream is to be a CRNA!!! i'm SO excited!!!!! there are three programs in this state that offer a CRNA. one just happens to be in the bay area.

Samuel Merritt University
Program of Nurse Anesthesia
School of Nursing - Providence Pavilion
3100 Summit Street, 3rd Floor
Oakland, CA 94609

so maybe i will be applying for more jobs in the east bay.

there you have it. a new dream has been sparked. whether good or bad.

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