Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is to not stop questioning.
Albert Einstein

“Never regard study as a duty, but as the enviable opportunity to learn to know the liberating influence of beauty in the realm of the spirit for your own personal joy and to the profit of the community to which your later work belongs.”

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

This was a taugh week

Lots of work was put in this weekend, and this is only the beginning of the program. This is CRNA school after all, this is not a walk in the park.
Had two major exams by week 3 of the program. Barely finished with those two exams, now i have to study for yet another one next week and, in the meantime, i have to get started on this final paper, and start some of the online modules required.

Its always good to communicate with your classmates, because i wasn't the only one feeling tired. So, after the exams about half of the class headed to this cool hot spot near campus, had lots of fun. We drank a little, we're adults after all, and got to know each other.

Class demographics.
The youngest person in our group is 24 and the oldest is close to 40 years old. We have a couple of moms and dads. Everyone seem very pleasant. Not allot of people are working . It seems like most people are working per diem, i don't blame them. To be honest, you have to read everyday to keep up. I resigned last week, its just too much. I'll do the per diem thing too. Don't get me wrong, i know people who worked during this program and passed, and honestly I'm asking myself how did they do it. Its allot of work. And according to our upper class men, it only gets worse. I want to give this my best shot, so i will be poor for the next couple of years.

Anyways, going to meet up with my study buddy.
peace out

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Advice from Seniors


Man, they are so lucky. Just over two years ago, they were in my shoes, fear of the unknown. They have gone thru this rigorous program, and only 2 more months to go. kudos to them. They are counting down. They are so excited. Wish i was in their shoes right now.
Any how, they had some helpful advice to give:

1) make friends.
Your friend will call you in middle of the night and say: "how do you do this assignment?" And your reply will be: " what assignment?"

Get my drift. You will keep each other on track.

2)Don't worry about money.
This is not the time to go shopping at D&G. Save your money, you never know what situations you'll run into.

3)Check your bulletin board or email.

Whatever way your school keeps in contact with students, make sure your updated. Because you don't wanna go to registration and discover that you still own money from the semester, or you don't have clearance with health services, and therefore you cannot register.

4)Be proactive in your education.
These professors are here to facilitate your education, and not here to spoon feed you. So, hit the books, and start learning stuff on your own too.

5)Be responsible and own up.
Be careful in clinicals. if you don't know something ask before you do it. Because if you hurt the patient, it is your responsibility. If you kill them, its your responsibility. You should know your drugs before coming to clinicals, its your responsibility.

6)Be flexible.
When clinicals come around, they might send you somewhere you didn't want to go (i.e somewhere pretty far from your home).
Advice, get a car now if you don't have one. Doesn't have to be fancy.

7)Know your basic meds.
You'll look better, and albeit smarter in clinicals.

Once again people, gonna hit the books.


Thursday, June 10, 2010

Week one: this is not a joke

Going into this, i knew that the course load was heavy and we've basically hit the ground running. Classes are 3-4 hours long, and already we have exams coming up by the end of the second week of school, crazy!!! It is a summer semester after all, what did i expect. And in between exams, we have Homework and projects. OH la la! So many things to do, so little time.
Anyways on another note, making friends with some of the other SRNAs. They seemed pretty cool. Met one girl, she's from LA and married. Wow, still cant believe she left her husband behind to pursue her dreams. That's dedication. Don't know her well yet, but she seems pretty focused. She's definitely going to be my study partner. I always like pairing up with people to study, makes things easier, and at the end of the program you walk away with a great friendship. That's been my personal experiences.

I'm off guys. Going to hit the books now, I'll keep you all posted.

Friday, June 4, 2010


Well, had orientation at the school of nursing, and it was pretty hectic and chaotic. Of course, we all have that awkward feeling of being new. Tried really hard to introduce myself to people, but they were also other students from others MS programs as well so it was hard locating SRNAs.
Eventually, was able to find my group once we were called for advisement. Looks like we have around 30 students. Basically, they went over the sequence of classes we would be taking.

First impression:

Environment. This is a colorful community, looks decent. Its isn't like the area i work in, or reside in. But it is different, and is doable. I will certainly be exploring, surveying this area, and see what it has to offer. I am not resistant to change, change is welcome.
Its a relatively small campus, wont take me that long to find my way around. The student lounges look very well updated and well kept, that's a plus. Looks like everything is state of the art and relatively new. This is a prestigious program, well that's what they kept saying anyways, and i guess that's one of the perks, great upkeep.

Everyone looked pretty excited, and no one really stood out. But i have a nagging feeling that i stood out. Every class has there own personality, and will see how this one turns out. Everyone looked like they were in there late 20s to late 30s. We were chillaxing, and absorbing all the advice the welcoming committee had to offer. Did not see any cuties, that's great for me, less distractions.

We'll see how this goes. My journey has officially begun.