Working with a preceptor is par for the course for NARs, but how can you find success and confidence with a preceptor who may be more difficult than most. Hear from our panel of current NARs from USC and Samuel Merritt to learn ways to thrive while working with a difficult preceptor.
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Chelsie Arnold, USC
Chelsie Arnold is a third year SRNA at the University of Southern California and currently serves her program as a co-chief student registered nurse anesthetist. Chelsie is originally from Fresno, California where she worked as an emergency department and trauma RN for five years before attending nurse anesthesia school. Upon graduation, she will be returning to the central valley to join Anesthesia Consultants of Fresno.
Timur Kitaev, USC
Timur (Tommy) is a third year SRNA originally from Brooklyn, NY. He received his BSN from Hunter College in 2013. He moved to Los Angeles in February 2016 after accepting a position in the CTICU at UCLA. He started the DNAP program at USC in May of 2018.
Ramon Lopez, Samuel Merritt University
Ramon Rios Lopez is of Hispanic descent and originally from the Bay Area. He began his academic career by attending community college, after which he transferred to get a BSN at Samuel Merritt University. He worked three years in trauma, coached middle school basketball, and taught as adjunct faculty. Currently, he is a 2nd year in the CRNA program at Samuel Merritt University.
Luke Manalo, Samuel Merritt University
Luke Manalo is a Nurse Anesthetist Resident at Samuel Merritt University in Oakland and currently doing his clinical rotation at the Veteran’s Affairs Hospital in San Francisco. Mr. Manalo is a Philippine-born and a Texas-raised fun-loving individual. He received his Bachelors Degree in Nursing at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston. He worked at Houston Methodist Hospital in the Surgical & Liver Transplant ICU and at Stanford Hospital in Palo Alto. Luke loves to mountain bike, go camping, and hiking. He lives by the latin motto “memento mori”, which means, “remember that you [have to] die”. It’s his way to remind himself to keep gratitude for the gift of life and to live to the fullest everyday.
Ahmad Mohammad, Samuel Merritt University
Ahmad Mohammad is an ICU nurse pursuing a masters degree in nursing anesthesia at Samuel Merritt University. Nursing has given him the foundation of skills and knowledge as well as the introduction to health care that has led him to anesthesia. Through providing compassionate care, Ahmad is able to derive a sense of joy and purpose in life. Ahmad hopes to continue to expand his knowledge and skills in order to provide high quality anesthesia and extend his outreach. Upon graduation he plans to work in his community as well as abroad to the bridge the gap in healthcare and make a difference.
Shani Samedi, Samuel Merritt University
Shani Samedi and is a (new graduate) CRNA from Samuel Merritt University. She was born and raised in tropical Miami, FL, where she attended nursing school and began her nursing career in neuro/surgical ICU’s. In 2016, Shani packed her bags and moved West to the Golden State, California. She was a travel nurse for about 1.5 years working in trauma ICU, until being accepted to SMU’s nurse anesthesia program. Today, Shani is working at Kaiser Permanente East Bay and looking forward to growing in a career she loves!