Graduated 2007 from UWYO online RN/BSN Completion Program
Graduated 2011 from MSNA (Masters of Science in Nurse Anesthesia) Westminster College, Salt Lake City, UT
From the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists web site: "The miracle of anesthesia made pain-free surgery a reality. Nurse anesthetists, the first healthcare providers dedicated to the specialty of anesthesia, have their roots in the 1800's, when nurses first gave anesthesia to wounded soldiers on the battlefields of the Civil War. Today, Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) are master’s prepared advanced practice nurses who enjoy a high degree of autonomy and professional respect. CRNAs provide anesthetics to patients in every practice setting, and for every type of surgery or procedure. They are the sole anesthesia providers in nearly all rural hospitals, and the main provider of anesthesia to the men and women serving in the U.S. Armed Forces."
I wanted to be a nurse anesthetist from the beginning.
Getting a BSN from UW was an important and necessary step in my nursing career. I also worked as an ICU and flight nurse to gain valuable experience in order to qualify for admittance to anesthesia school.
Being a critical thinker is key, and I love giving excellent and safe care. Being an advanced practice nurse is an amazing job - it is well worth the effort.
Keeping in-check emotionally. Also, staying current on ever-evolving practice. I like being able to function quickly and effectively in a high-stress environment.
Work hard and be passionate about nursing. Always advocate for your profession.
I just graduated in December 2011 and am working in South Carolina. I will soon attend Officer Basic Training as a 1st Lieutenant in the Army Reserves.