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Just retook A + P 1. Got a C the first time and it’s 8 yrs old. Found out I got a C again. :( my gpa for my first degree (psychology) was 3.8 and nursing degree (BSN) was 3.2. Retaking GRE (got a 294) but feel like an idiot. Plan on applying next year. I’ve worked icu for 3 years, rolling into my 4th year of icu and 5 years of nursing total. I’m just feeling sorry for myself but wondering if anyone has been in this rut before applying. I have ccrn, pals etc and taking o chem this summer
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Hey guys,

Just wanting to share a new resource to help with the anesthesia job search! We launched www.anesthesiaready.com a few months ago, and we're posting new jobs everyday. We would love to get your feedback on how we can make the site better for CRNAs!

Thanks much,
Clinton

Here's a link to all our CRNA jobs...
https://www.anesthesiaready.com/jobs...h_button=ready
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CRNA gets called to the Emergency Department to do “moderate sedation” on a closed reduction of an ankle fracture. According to hospital policy and procedure, moderate sedation is allowed to be performed by RN’s in the Emergency Room and the patient must respond to verbal stimulation. The patient ate a full breakfast of sausage and eggs at 0900 and broke the ankle in a traumatic accident at noon. The time now is 3 pm; so 6 hours has passed since NPO. On arrival to evaluate the patient, you see a morbidly obese, diabetic patient that has a history of reflux. The patient is in a lot of pain and you doubt if “Moderate Sedation” will work. What do you do?
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Do you guys know of any Canadians or Internationals who successfully went the CRNA route recently? I've been doing quite a lot of research through most of the large places reddit/allnurses/here and aside from a discussion a decade ago in 2009 by a Canadian RN who moved to the states even earlier, I have not found anything recent.
I'm aware of the hurdles and have a general plan, but was really to connect with someone who has successfully done it or is currently doing it.(This is super long, and I'm aware most of you won't be able to help... But any advice is appreciated... Also I figure this post might pop-up for other Canadians searching this topic in the future... I'm cool with you PMing me so we can figure things out)So far the plan is :
  • Work in Canada for like a year after graduation (Unless I can get hired in the states as a new grad right away, but unlikely imo)
  • VisaScreen -> Find an ICU job in the states -> Get my TN1 Visa + SSN + Eligible to register with the states BON (Note I'll be writing the Canadian NCLEX so I don't believe I'll have to write any tests... just register)
  • Make sure the job I got is in a hospital with CRNAs to start shadowing and getting experience
  • Apply to programs as an international (I emailed some, looked at other websites and the ones I looked and it seemed like as long as I had a US RN license I could apply no problems...), get accepted and move here with an F1 Student Visa
  • After graduation, I should be able to get a job right away under OPT? (I saw some weird posts online about a 6 month gap where you are not able to work but they were older posts and didn't seem to apply?). Can do that for 12 months (I don't think CRNA is one of the 'STEM' things that can extend the OPT up to 36 months?).

Important thing: I try to find a job that is willing to sponsor me for an H1B Visa. I believe CRNAs are pretty in demand and that I won't have trouble finding a hospital to sponsor me for an H1B?
  • Biggest hurdle in all of this: I need to either save up and/or get private loans from Canadian Banks/institutions for a total of ~150-170k to cover tuition+living expenses, as I won't be eligible for federal loans and don't know any US citizens to cosign US loans. I think I can do this, already have a decent amount of savings and I have a cosigner available here in Canada... just gotta meet with banks eventually to see if the fact that CRNAs are not recognized in Canada still makes it okay for me to get the rest as a loan... but doable I believe.

But if I can't get the $, my alternate plan was after getting experience I'd apply for one of those Nursing Agencies that hire international nurses under 2 year contracts (usually for critical care positions like the ICU) that come WITH A GREENCARD through an EB-3 Visa. With this greencard I'm now eligible for student loans and have the $. But my worry here is: the places that I'd get hired for the 2 years would be ****ing awful and I'd hate my life as these are places where US RNs don't want to work... Plus I need enough experience to be hired by the agency in the first place which makes this a longer route. On the bright side this route also eliminates H1B problems as I already have a greencard.
  • Also a little scared regarding not getting an H1B because it's partly a lottery? Don't know too much about likelihood/probability of this uhg... But I figure worst case scenario is I get a job near the border, live in Canada, and just work via a TN1 visa while my H1B stuff gets figured out?

(I've also seen a lot of people do some convoluted greencard applications while they are on the TN1 visa and it seemed to work but was risky because the TN1 is not a dual intent visa, so that seems too risky for my liking).
  • Alternate alternate plan: Can i marry someone here for a greencard? ;)
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I am looking for feedback from any CRNA's that work at other VAMC's. I am a CRNA at the VA in Houston. I would like to know if any CRNA's at other facilities are getting step increases based on performance? We do get a Step increase every 2 years assuming we have a satisfactory performance evaluation. For the past 4 years I have had outstanding performance evaluations. Additionally have made significant contributions to our department, that has improved the workflow, and minimized wasted man hours. This year at my evaluation, I requested a step increase based on performance, and I am being told that they can't do that.

I have presented to them the VA handbook 5017 part V
"c. Registered Nurses and Nurse Anesthetists. An advancement of one step within the grade may be granted to covered employees when there has been a demonstrated sustained high level of performance and ability over and above that normally expected of employees in the particular grade and profession. In addition, one or more of the criteria listed in chapter 4, paragraph 6 of part III of VA Handbook 5005, Staffing, must be met. [ ] "

If we are not rewarding employees for going above and beyond, then we will only have those that do the bare minimum, and never improve our workplace.
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Hello,

My name is Alejandro Arteaga, I am currently a junior in my BSN nursing program. I have thought long and hard about the profession and having shadowed other nurse career pathways. That being said I have decided upon Nurse Anesthesia. I want to affirm my decision by shadowing a working CRNA in the Atlanta area. I am very inquisitive and would be respectful of your time so will come prepared with questions. I am able to drive anywhere. If you yourself cannot, but have a colleague or coworker that could help me, please let me know. I would be extremely grateful for the opportunity as I can imagine how busy you might be. Thank you in advance for your consideration and time!
Best,
Alejandro Arteaga
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My wife and I want to relocate to Texas-preferably in the south eastern region. I want to expand my practice scope, eventually leading to independent practice. I’ve been working in PA for almost 5 years and need OUT! There’s not enough compensation or autonomy around here and my loans need paid off ASAP. I realize there’s no perfect job but if anyone’s looking for a solid CRNA willing to grow and learn, send me a message! Thanks
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My GPA isn't the greatest. I have a 3.36 overall GPA. I have 8 years of nursing experience - 1 year of med/surg, 5 in labor and delivery (2.5 of it being travel nursing) and 2 years of current experience in CVICU in a large teaching hospital. I have my CCRN, NRP, ACLS, BLS, PALS, Fetal monitoring. Thinking about getting the CSC and taking a graduate level Stats course soon to fluff up my application more. I also precept on my unit. GRE is 315. I have over 80 hrs of shadowing CRNAs in different units (peds, OR, OB, outpatient).
D/t personal circumstances, while in nursing school, I got a C in my maternal child rotation... I’m afraid that will ruin my chances. I have since taken some undergraduate classes and have made A’s in them, but that still just raised my GPA to a 3.3. I have a great relationship with my current and previous managers, and several AMDs and CRNAs so I know I can get decent letter of recommendations.

What else can I do to become more competitive? Do you think I will get in with those stats? Has anyone gotten in with similar stats and if so, what school? I need honest criticism and suggestions!
Thank you!
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If anyone is looking for an easy way to get 25 Class A CEs, I highly recommend Ascend Anesthesia Seminars. www.ascendanesthesia.com It is a custom online seminar built for you and its not expensive! Check out the website and facebook.
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Nurse Anesthesia by Jfromtn - 4M ago
Anyone ever use a regular tuohy needle and insert a 5 inch spinal need thru it? We usually have a regular cse kit with a tuohy with a small hole at the bottom of the needle for spinal part but new kits we are getting dont have a spinal needle.just wondering if the spinal needle puncture site by where the catheter will be threaded have caused any problems. Thanks
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