“For almost two years, passing the NCE has been my top priority. I spent countless hours studying, and I was a fixture in local libraries. After failing the first time, I was advised to "change something", so I attacked the NCE differently after each attempt, utilizing a different resource and following my own daily plans. Over the course of 7 failed attempts, I had attended Valley (twice) and Core Concepts (plus practice exams), used Apex (twice), re-read Morgan & Mikhail, and reviewed numerous practice question booklets. I frequently used the Valley Sweat Book and Memory Master, as well as my meticulously organized Valley flash cards. I also made hundreds of my own index cards to reinforce topics, some laminated and some colorful works of art. None of these methods led me to the success that I had worked relentlessly to achieve. My strength, confidence, and drive were tested daily, but I was determined to pass the NCE.
I casually looked for a tutor after the first failure and searched progressively more intently every attempt thereafter. I asked my program administrators, future boss, preceptors, and anyone else who might be able to connect me with a tutor. I sought hypnosis, performance therapy, and consulted peers who had been successful after failing. To stay motivated, I started following influential SRNAs/CRNAs and accounts about anesthesia/pharmacology, as well as inspiring accounts like 'GoalCast' on Instagram. After my 7th failure, I felt as if I had exhausted my study resources and I felt lost with little hope and no plan. I googled "failed 7th NCE" in hopes of finding anything enlightening... this led me to an allnurses.com blog with a brief comment at the very bottom, which eluded to a discrete facebook group intended for GRNAs who struggled with the NCE. After an extensive search, I finally found -and promptly joined- this group. It is here that I ultimately stumbled upon a post by Peter Strube: a testimonial from one of his students. A felt an instant wave of relief; this was the light at the end of the tunnel that I desperately needed to see. I suddenly felt hopeful and excited to tackle my final attempt at making my dream of becoming a CRNA a reality.
Peter quickly responded within 15 minutes of my message, and within an hour we were discussing the details of my experiences and his tutoring services. That same day I was introduced to a CRNA/Hypnotherapist who provided guidance and resources to facilitate daily meditations. Peter also connected me with a couple of his successful students, who inspired and comforted me as I embarked on my final NCE journey under Peter's direction. I was sincerely impressed with his organization, experience, and we both were eager to get started. I reached out to Peter on February 4th, and officially started his program on February 9th. Despite living in two different time zones, Peter was always responsive, and communication was incredibly easy. He checked in with me almost daily, and his positive attitude helped to transform my fears and doubts into renewed confidence. During moments of weakness, Peter guided me to a more constructive mindset.
Peter's program took away the burden of creating my own daily study routine and helped me deal with my debilitating testing anxiety. In 2 months, I took over 70 practice exams, thoroughly covered all exam topics, and benefitted from daily meditations. I spent about the same amount of time studying each day as I had during previous attempts, but this time I was studying smarter. On exam day, some of the best time spent was using meditation to calm my nerves, as advised by Peter. When the computer shut off, I was equally nervous and excited to see the results. Tears of joy, relief, and utter happiness flowed as 2 years of soul-crushing efforts finally culminated into the result I had worked so hard for. I went from failing in 100 Q's to passing in 100 Q's! This was all I had wanted since graduation, and I still feel light as a feather without the weight of this exam hanging over me every minute of every day.
Peter was the first person I shared the incredible news with after my exam; if not for him I may not have ever had the opportunity to feel the bliss of success after so many failures. My entire family is incredibly grateful to Peter...he truly helped me get my life back on track, and I finally feel like 'Me' again. I commend Peter on the motive behind his hard work; it is clear that he sincerely cares about the well-being and success of every single student. As anyone in a similar position knows, failing the NCE is devastating, embarrassing and is not indicative of one's ability to provide excellent care or administer anesthesia safely. Some CRNAs who may not have experienced this failure unknowingly shame people like me who have struggled, but Peter is the type who sees your strength and wants to help. He is a wonderful example of how CRNAs should lift each other up and support one another. I can only assume that Peter is an awesome CRNA, but I can attest to the fact that he is an exemplary human being.
Thanks to the help, guidance, and encouragement from Peter Strube, I can FINALLY call myself a CRNA! This is the most amazing feeling in the world, and I am so grateful to have found Peter, who paved a straight path to success after so many windings, discouraging detours. I strongly encourage all my fellow resilient GRNAs to invest in yourself by working with Peter - I believe it will bring you renewed hope, direction, and ultimately success.
In admiration of his actions, I will happily be available to any struggling GRNAs who have questions, concerns, or simply need a reminder that they are not alone during what may feel like a very isolating period. I believe in you, just like Peter believed in me. Anne April 27, 2019
Is This Part of ProdigyConnect?
The tutoring services are not included with ProdigyConnect. They are a separate third-party service that uses the ProdigyConnect software to design a custom curriculum geared to get you back on your feet, restore your confidence, and make sure you are armed with the tools you need to become a successful CRNA.
Who Is My Tutor?
Your personal coach and tutor is Peter Strube, CRNA, DNAP. Academically, Dr. Strube serves as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Nurse Anesthesia, College of Health Professions, at Rosalind Franklin University, and is a professional mentor for doctoral students. He is also an Associate Professor at Saint Mary’s University, Saint Paul, MN and Associate Academic Faculty, University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh where he is the course director for the Doctoral Anesthesia Pharmacology Program. Clinically, Dr. Strube is employed full time providing anesthesia as a senior CRNA at a large academic medical center.
Dr. Strube has authored several professional articles and training programs and speaks professionally both nationally and internationally. He is both an editor and reviewer for professional anesthesia journals and edits research papers.
Taking the NCE was the one last thing I had to complete before finally achieving my dream of becoming a CRNA. Feeling confident, after completing Apex once in my program and once by myself with their outlined four-week plan. I took a core concepts review course and read valley sweat book. I took the daunting test, and came out blindsided with the four letters you didn’t want to see, “FAIL”.
Facing the devastation and building up the energy to re-focus, knowing I had to face this task again, I started looking for what changes I was going to make. Feeling lost in the ocean, alone, for all my friends were moving on with their lives from school. A week out I was blessed by an email from my school regarding a tutoring opportunity for the NCE. Reading about another students’ experience with Peter and his tutoring with combined meditation I felt this was immediately right for me.
I reached out to Peter that day and he immediately replied to me. After discussing his program, he quickly connected me with former students who used his program so I could discuss their stories. Feeling so alone, this was a huge weight off my shoulders talking to other students, now CRNA’s because of Peter. I reached out to Peter on a Thursday, by Saturday I decided the program was right for me and I was in full swing on Monday morning. Peter individualized exams for me daily with review content for those exams. The pressure and burden of trying to figure out what to study and where to start was taken away. He kept me accountable with daily check ins and introduced me into a world of relaxation tips.
Feeling defeated, depressed and embarrassed, part of peters program incorporates hypnosis and mediation. I had no idea how much this part would help the anxiety of taking the NCE again. This is when I was introduced to Matt, he helps guide you through the experience with his meditations and hypnosis. Both Peter and Matt were available anytime of the day I needed them, despite living in different time zones. Every time I encountered a moment of weakness or feeling of defeat, Peter always redirected me and got me re-focused.
I started Peters program May 5th, taking over 60 practice exams, and took boards June 7th. In just a month he had me over prepared didactically and mentally. I went from failing in 100 questions to passing in 100 questions. Tears poured when I saw the four letters I wanted to see this whole time, “PASS”. I called Peter first, barely able to talk to share the news!
I commend Peter for his dedication and support, he is truly an angel that was sent into my life. I cannot thank him enough or ever repay what he did for me. Thanks to the help and guidance and continuous support I can finally call myself a CRNA! Peter is an ultimate example of what a CRNA should be!
For any SRNA’s who are in the same boat, don’t hesitate or waste your time, Peter will help you pave the road to your success! You can do this and you will do this!! Peter will never give up on you and he will not allow you to give up on yourself! You too, will be a CRNA!
How Do I Get Started With Tutoring?
Just send us a note through our contact page to let us know you're interested and Dr. Strube will follow up with you.
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Tutoring services are designed to help you master boards or gain control of your nurse anesthesia program studies. If you feel you are a poor test taker, need help organizing your study methods, or just need a little extra help so you can master anesthesia and take control of your career, then this is for you.
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"I finally passed the NCE exam, becoming a CRNA, after several attempts and not being successful. My greatest challenge was balancing work and study and taming my testing anxiety. After being referred to LTC Peter Strube, through his guidance, I knew that I needed to devote a full-time study schedule with meditation in order to be successful. LTC Strube set up a study plan/schedule that worked best for me. His guidance, knowledge, and positive support is what helped me get through the challenges of retaining the material, learning how to answer the questions, all while providing positive reinforcement. I would not have been successful in passing this exam without him! He is an outstanding tutor and I would highly recommend him. Don’t bother trying to accomplish this difficult task alone. With LTC Strube’s help, you can and will be successful!" Kellie Mann, CRNA
“This is the most pivotal academic decision I’ve made in choosing to work with Peter Strube. I could not have done it without his help. He provided me with motivation, a plan to follow and consistent encouragement and mentoring. I also was in a time crunch and his positive attitude is what kept me focused. I have passed my exam and the biggest stress has been lifted off my shoulders. I would highly recommend Peter and his approach.” S.C.
"Today I have the best feeling which is due to passing my boards after multiple attempts. This was accomplished after getting on board with Peter Strube. Peter has a board prep that works. After using three review board programs and multiple attempts at taking boards, Peter and Prodigy review combined together, were able to give me all the tools in order to be successful. I hope you can get to the sooner than later and save the grief and wasted time that I experienced. It was a struggle, but it is so worth it if you can do exactly what Peter tells you! I wish I had found him BEFORE I took boards the first time." B.C.
"Peter’s Program was a life saver for me. I was having trouble passing my boards and had tried 4 times. Not only did he identify and bridge any gaps in knowledge, he helped me manage my severe test anxiety. I was able to pass my boards this attempt in 100 questions with his help! I highly recommend his program to anyone that is having trouble passing boards. He will stick with you and get you through this test!" K.J.
"I used Peter Strube's academic services/board prep prior to taking my NCE board exam. I found that after graduation I was feeling an enormous amount of stress over passing boards, so much so that I was finding it extremely difficult to focus and study. I read an email from our program director that listed Peter's services and contacted him and was very happy that I did. He directed me to someone who helped with stress reduction by daily meditation and hypnosis and they were both extremely effective in both minimizing my stress and visualizing me passing the NCE. Peter assessed my strengths and weaknesses and then designed a program based on what my needs were. He then gave me daily tests and I reviewed them and looked up the rationale in the textbooks and the structure of this kept me on track to not only learn material, but also retain what I had been previously studying. This was extremely effective in preparing my for the NCE and I passed the first time! I would highly recommend to use his services as he is not only a great coach but an amazing person too." J.M.
"After not passing my exam, I was frustrated, sad and my mind constantly told me that I could never achieve it, I did not feel like starting to study again, I did not know how to study and the method I used did not work for me. One day I received an email from the director of my anesthesia program about the tutor Peter and about his career and when I read his information I said: this tutor is my salvation. And it was the best decision I could make, since the Tutor Strube, is an excellent teacher, works your weaknesses, constantly encourages you to keep positive thoughts and teaches you everything you need to know to pass the test on your next attempt. What impressed me most about Peter is that, despite my limitations because English is not my first language, he was very patient in teaching me and in slowly moving towards success. I would not have achieved it if it had not been for his help. Thank you Tutor Peter, you are awesome!" V.C.
In an unfortunate turn of events, I found myself unable to pass the National Certification Exam. After three months of focused studying post-graduation, utilizing resources such as APEX, I decided to pursue additional support in order to accomplish my goal of becoming a licensed Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA). Through the incorporation of Prodigy, Peter’s program offered a daily structured practice-exam schedule that helped to mentally condition me for the 170 questions seen on boards, illuminate knowledge deficits, and focus my independent studying. In the end, I passed boards and officially became a licensed CRNA. The positive reinforcement that Peter, and his program, provided was a part of that success." C.H.