Ask For Help! No. 1 Skill to Have!!!

I never thought I would write a topic on asking for help. But my experience recently made me realize that we need to emphasize asking for help in our training whether you are in school or in practice. Let me tell you the story first. I was giving lunch breaks to the providers. All of…

ALS and Anesthetic Management

Two weeks ago, I had a patient who came in for exploratory laparotomy s/p peg tubal insertion. She has unrelieved pain after the peg tube placement. Patient is in her mid 30’s. Needed the ped tube due to losing weight. She has been bedridden for a year and exhibited muscle atrophy in her extremities. She…

A Great Combo: Food Poisoning and My First Clinical Day!

I got food poisoning this week when I finally had me time. Sighs…… when I was laying in bed, it reminded me of my last food poisoning on my first clinical day in the OR….. I can still remember vividly the night before my first clinical day in the OR. It all happened when I…

Students and the Darn Grades

“What should I write in my blog this week?” I asked myself this morning on the way to work. I feel that it is time for me to write about SRNAs and their grades since it has been on my mind for a while. I have been teaching a class to SRNAs this semester. It made me…

Tips with Glidescope

Some of the students asked me the tips with the glidescope for the anterior airway when I was in clinical the other day. I remember I had struggled with the glidescope for the anterior airway when I first started using it. I had to do some research online to figure out how to get the…

CRNA School and Kids

This is the topic that I haven’t tackled which I should have a while ago. I am sure you have wondered whether it is possible to get through the school when you have a family and small kids. Dealing with the demands of anesthesia school and parenthood simultaneously is by no means easy. But it is doable….

My First Spinal Placement

Hello SRNAs out there. I just realized haven’t posted much for SRNAs lately. So, this is a long overdue post for you who just started doing spinals in either OR or OB. It has been almost 3 years since I got in my first spinal as a student. I feel that it is time for…

How To Deal With Difficult Preceptors?

Recently, someone asked me for tips on how to deal with difficult preceptors. I have previously posted one titled Bad Chemistry: It Is not You; It Is Them.“, but I may not have specifically discussed the strategies of dealing with the difficult preceptors. We will face this type of situation everywhere we go whether at workplace…

The Attitude — the Key to Becoming A Superstar

I hope this blog finds you well. This is a lessen I learned albeit a little too late in my clinical training. I am sharing this with you hoping that you can become the superstar that I once wanted to become as a SRNA. Most of CRNAs to be are type A people, a very few…