But, God…

Tieneasha Hines, Doctorate in Nurse Practice Nurse Anesthesia Student from La Salle University was inducted into Sigma Theta Tau, International Honor Society of Nursing! 

So, this just happened…

  • ☑Critical care nurse experience
  • ☑Shadowed a CRNA for 40 hours
  • ☑Attended a Diversity CRNA Event
  • ☑Completed GRE Exam
  • ☑Passed the CCRN Exam


🔜Applying for a CRNA Program 

Nice, Yelitz Grullon, BSN, RN, CCRN! 

And, on Instagram…As a Keiser University nursing student, Chasity Jones was laser focused on pursuing Nurse Anesthesia as a viable career option

So, she attended an AANA Congress Meeting and the Diversity CRNA Information Session & Airway Simulation Lab Workshop at the University of Miami. 

While a nursing student, Chasity secured a Nursing Extern position in a critical care unit. Now, she recently started in the Neuro ICU as a new graduate from the BSN Program. As her mentor, I’ll make sure she will be surrounded by like minded people that look like her on the same path towards a doctorate degree in Nurse Anesthesia.

As per Chasity
This is only the beginning, but hey, I started! Once God put in my spirit what to do with my life, I got busy. From there, He has placed many people in my life to aid me in becoming a Registered Nurse. To my Family, Friends, Mentors, Sorors, and Instructors, Thank You from the bottom of my heart! My late grandmother prayed for this, my children challenged me to “Go NOW and be a good example”! I’m humbled. I’ll never take credit for this, because without my Village and God, I am nothing. I love y’all and thank YOU! 

Circa 2002: I was a nurse anesthesia student as a mom with two young daughters.

Pre-planned two years in advance of matriculating with financial management, taking graduate prerequisite courses and ensuring proper day care and after school programs. And, a lot of prayer too. So, what should you do with young children before enrolling in a nurse anesthesia program? 

First, have a family meeting with your spouse or partner. Your household income will change significantly from two to one that will affect your lifestyle as you know it. Most definitely, improve your credit score in the event if you have to apply for a loan each semester. And, save money, live frugal and pay down considerable debt too. 

Second, agree amongst yourselves, not to plan expensive family trips and not purchase an expensive car with a hefty note. Next, if you are accepted into a graduate nurse anesthesia program and start 6 to 9 months from now, check with your institution to see if you can take a Statistics, Advanced Pathophysiology or prerequisite course before matriculating. If so, this will help alleviate your non-anesthesia course work in the first and other second semester. 

Consider renewing your RN license and or apply for license that you are enrolling into months in advance of starting the program with ACLS, BLS, PALS while you are still working and can pay for it. 

Another consideration for school aged children, purchase school supplies and winter coats at the break of Spring (noticeably discounted) for the following year. By doing so months in advance, you will not have to rely on these purchases with your budget as a nurse anesthesia student. Also, with smaller children, make sure you have adequate child care and back up for emergency pick ups and for babysitting purposes when you study on the weekends as a nurse anesthesia student. And, yes…mother guilt and daddy guilt will be there always. So, know how to deal with it as a graduate student.

If you have older children involved in sports, bring your study material and when your child has the ball or running their butt off, scream aloud… “Go, baby, go”. You are physically present but developing a study regimen that is insane. But, remember…it’s all for your child(ren) anyway. 

Also, while still working as a registered nurse, purchase items in bulk at Coscovs, BJs or Walmart. Again, toiletry items, household products can be expensive when you are not working. 

Lastly, read to your children or have them read their books at the dining room table. Know to manage your time wisely after you get your kids settled in for the night and study at a quiet room (limit social media and favorite tv programming). And, wake up early to study before going to school too. It’s all about sacrifice, being BROKE all the time…but so worth it! 
Whew! I hope this helped you! 

Wallena Gould, EdD, CRNA, FAAN 

CRNA and a Nurse Practitioner

Congratulations to First Lieutenant Crisor Boyard, CRNA, MSN (United States Army) who is an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner in NYC. He can administer anesthesia, manage a PACU Unit or Pain Clinic. All based on NP courses from Columbia University Nurse Anesthesia Program.

CRNA Mothers who made ultimate sacrifice for family

CRNAs who completed rigorous nurse anesthesia programs at Virginia Commonwealth University, Drexel University, Thomas Jefferson University & Wake Forest School of Medicine…
What do they have in common? All were mothers with young children in the program. 

CRNA Fathers who made ultimate sacrifice for family

CRNAs who completed rigorous nurse anesthesia programs at Rutgers University, St. Joseph University, Samuel Merritt University & Duke University…
What do they have in common? All were fathers with young children in the program.