Balancing a Career in Music with Being a CRNA

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The CRNA community is filled with multi-talented individuals and today’s guest is a wonderful example of that. In this episode, Sharon and guest host Tracy Castleman, DNP, CRNA, APN-A, FAANA sit down David Giardinelli-O’Connor, PhD, DNAP, CRNA, who has successfully balanced a demanding career in anesthesia with his lifelong passion for music. We’ll hear about his music and multiple bands, his adventures playing for U.S. troops overseas, and the crossover between music and anesthesia.

In addition to his musical endeavors, Dave has made significant academic contributions. He returned to school to earn his DNAP and later a Ph.D. in Health Sciences. Now, as an assistant professor at Albany Medical College, he teaches research design and statistics, while also sharing his musical talents with his students. His ability to integrate his passion for music into his academic role makes him a unique and relatable figure in the educational community.

Dave’s story is a powerful reminder that it’s possible to pursue multiple passions simultaneously. His journey shows that with determination and support, you can balance a demanding career with personal interests. Whether you’re a CRNA, a musician, or someone trying to juggle different aspects of your life, Dave’s experience offers valuable insights and inspiration.

 

Here’s some of what we discuss in this episode:

  • Challenges and frustrations of trying to balance a CRNA career with a passion for music.
  • The effort it took to get overseas to perform for the USO.
  • The virtual shows he had success with during COVID.
  • Crossover between anesthesia and music careers, with emphasis on fluid management.
  • The ‘Iowa story’ about nitroglycerin and traveling through the airport.

 

Learn all about Dave’s music: https://www.dave-oconnor.com/

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“I think it’s important to recognize that where you think you’re going to wind up may not be where you wind up. And there’s nothing wrong with that. You have to follow your passion.”

– David Giardinelli-O’Connor, PhD, DNAP, CRNA


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