View Poll Results: Which best describes you while you were in CRNA school?

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  • I was single and had NO kids prior to crna school

    142 22.87%
  • I was single and had kids prior to starting crna school

    36 5.80%
  • I was married and had NO kids in crna school

    117 18.84%
  • I was married and had kids prior starting crna school

    313 50.40%
  • I had my first child while in crna school

    20 3.22%
  • I lost a child in crna school

    3 0.48%
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    Default KIDS & CRNA school

    Wanted to do this poll for a long time. Would LOVE to hear about everyone's kids and any stories that you would like to share.

    I had to study in complete silence. I would often get distracted and frustrated when I could hear my kids yelling, playing, fighting or what-have-you whenever I was struggling with the material I was studying. Several times a day, I would barge out of my room and get onto my kids for being so loud. It got to a point where everytime I would open the door, I could hear my kids get suddenly quiet, even if I was just coming out to spend a little time with them. I realized they were scared I was gonna yell, and it broke my heart that it came to these types of reactions from the ones I loved the most.

    It was a very hard road for me, even past the didactic phase on into the clinical phase.

    Yesterday, as I was leaving to go take my boards, I asked my 8 year old, Logan to pray for me. He was still asleep in bed, trying hard to wake up, but at this moment, he said the most comforting prayer I think I had ever heard. In fact, I took all my "last second" study material, stuff I was gonna look at in the parking lot before I walked in, and put it back into my room, and went on my way with just my identification required to get into the testing center. I've never felt calmer. I walked into the center, sat down, and each question seemed relatively easier than what I was accustomed to in school.

    I got the preliminary pass results soon after. When I got home, my 4 year old girl, Mallory asked, "Daddy, did you pass your test?"

    I said, "Yes I did."

    She started waving her fists in the air, jumping up and down, doing a cheer, and in one of the most excited voices I've ever heard her say, "YEAH, YOU PASSED!! MY DADDY PASSED!! NOW HE CAN PLAY BARBIE WITH ME!!"

    Yesterday, made all the heartache totally worth it!

    So, I am curious, how many people had kids going in, single/married, etc. I have read lots of posts from people asking if they can do it (single parents) and I hope I made a post that will reveal something to those who have similar questions about pursuing crna school.
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    Default Re: KIDS & CRNA school

    Quote Originally Posted by bettermj
    Wanted to do this poll for a long time. Would LOVE to hear about everyone's kids and any stories that you would like to share.
    perhaps I put this in the wrong spot on this site? Not sure how to fix that, but was hoping other potential crna students could see. Thanks for reading.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bettermj
    perhaps I put this in the wrong spot on this site? Not sure how to fix that, but was hoping other potential crna students could see. Thanks for reading.

    Moved it to "passing gas" so everyone could see it, as you wish.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RAYMAN
    Moved it to "passing gas" so everyone could see it, as you wish.
    Thank you
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    Well, I voted that I was single and no kids before CRNA school....but actually I planned my wedding and got married during CRNA school....my PD thought I was crazy! I got pregnant about 3 months AFTER I graduated. I could not imagine going through CRNA school with small children....it's hard enough working full-time with a little one, I couldn't imagine the stress of trying to study, get good grades and deal with the stress of clinicals while having a little one running around. Being a parent is super difficult, but you always find ways to cope....so I guess if I had had children, I would have found a way to make it work.....but man oh man, I'm glad I didn't have to. Hats off to all of you parents who are in CRNA school now!!
    And you must be the monopoly guy......Hey, thanks for the free parking.....:star:


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    I agree with turtle. I could not imagine what all you parents out there going through CRNA school have to deal with. I was married about 6 years before going to CRNA school and my wife and I made a plan to not have children until I got finished with school. Thank god I got into school sooner than later.

    I tell the new students in my clinical rotation when they start to pick out a fellow classmate that they know has way more hardships and life issues than them. When they start to feel overwhelmed with the stress of school they need to just think about that person and how much better they have it than that person.

    Mine is a guy with five kids (three of whom are triplets that turned 2yo when we were 5 months in to the program). I call him all the time to talk about something and hear kids screaming and fighting and crying and whatever else they do to distract from the conversation, and he just keeps on with the conversation like there is nothing there. Meanwhile I can hardly concentrate on the conversation from all the ruckus.

    I cant wait to be done though b/c me and my wife want to get started growing a family together.

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    Married with two boys, but my kids are older. My oldest son is in college (so the only issue there is the cost!). My youngest son is a freshman in high school. Fortunately, there's not much that teenagers "need" from mom, other than money and an occasional ride somewhere.

    I can honestly say that I have never spent so much time with my family as I do now that I'm in school. Since graduating nursing school, I have worked usually more than one job, as well as taking classes and finishing my BSN. I quit both of my jobs for CRNA school and I'm home every day by 3pm (could be home by noon most days, but I stay at school to study). I may be studying at home too, but that's not too much different than what my family is used to anyway. The difference is that now I'm not walking in the door at 8pm after a 12-hour shift and having to stay up studying until 2am before going to work again...four or five times a week. I'm so much LESS exhausted now!

    I can't imagine trying this with little kiddos though - kudos to all of you that manage it!
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