#12 – Preparing for Nurse Anesthesia School – Mason McDowell, DNAP, CRNA and Kara Michalov, MSN, CRNA

If you’re a critical care nurse and you’re thinking about applying for anesthesia school, this show is for you!  Jon talks with Mason McDowell, DNAP, CRNA & Kara Michalov, MSN, CRNA about how best to prepare for getting into nurse anesthesia school.

Topics Covered:

– advice for how to prepare for nurse anesthesia school
– advice for students with families, significant others & pets
– what to study (or not) ahead of time
– how to prepare for the Big Interview to get into school


Mason McDowell, DNAP, CRNA is an Associate Professor and former Assistant Director of the Nurse Anesthesia Program at Western Carolina University.   His Doctorate of Nurse Anesthesia Practice (DNAP) from Texas Wesleyan University included research focused on perioperative patient management and cardiac risk assessment.  He is the co-author of the Hepatobiliary and Gastrointestinal Disturbances and Anesthesia chapter in Nagelhout’s Nurse Anesthesia 5th Edition.  He is currently serving as an anesthesia educator and clinician in Bere, Chad, along with his wife and two daughters. You can read about his ongoing experiences there at http://www.whyweshouldgo.blogspot.com. If you want to know what it’s like to practice anesthesia (and care for the whole patient, family & community) in remote and challenging environments, you owe it to yourself to check out Mason’s stories!


Kara Michalov, MSN, CRNA is a CRNA with AllCare Clinical Associates in Asheville, North Carolina. She is one of the authors of Intravenous Acetaminophen and Intravenous Ketorolac for Management of Pediatric Surgical Pain: A Literature Review, which was published in the February 2014 edition of the AANA Journal (Vol. 82, No.1).

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3 comments on “#12 – Preparing for Nurse Anesthesia School – Mason McDowell, DNAP, CRNA and Kara Michalov, MSN, CRNA
  1. crnaschool9 says:

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