#13 – Success Strategies for Nurse Anesthesia School – Mason McDowell, DNAP, CRNA & Kara Michalov, MSN, CRNA

If you’re planning on becoming a CRNA or even if you’re currently in CRNA school, this talk is for you!  Jon talks with Mason McDowell, DNAP, CRNA and Kara Michalov, MSN, CRNA about success strategies for nurse anesthesia school.


Topics covered:

  • Advice for how to be successful in grad school.
  • Thoughts on figuring out your study plan, budgeting time and preparing for exams.
  • Whether or not to work during school.
  • Tips for starting clinical as a SRNA.
  • Advice for how to pick yourself up again after hard days.
  • Tips for approaching projects and/or thesis’s
  • Advice for preparing for boards.


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 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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One comment on “#13 – Success Strategies for Nurse Anesthesia School – Mason McDowell, DNAP, CRNA & Kara Michalov, MSN, CRNA
  1. crnaschool9 says:

    Great post! Really appreciate your write up on Crna school application tips.Keep sharing such a informative content.Seems to be helpful for many students.

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