Bonus Episode: Global Update on Nurse Anesthesia and COVID-19

When we talk about COVID-19, our attention goes immediately to our own cities and states, but the US is one of more than 150 countries dealing with the pandemic right now. To get an update on how CRNAs around the globe are being impacted, we talk with IFNA President Jackie Rowles, MBA, CRNA, ANP-BC, FAAN.

Click the timestamps below to help you navigate through the many topics we discussed.

On This Episode:

As we all find ways to adjust to the new normal right now with COVID-19, the world is gaining an even greater appreciation for those working in hospitals.

CRNAs around the world are being impacted by this pandemic as it spreads to more than 150 countries. We pay a lot of attention to what’s happening here at home, but times like these remind us just how connected we all are. 

That’s why we wanted to get an international perspective on what’s happening right now and how it’s affecting our industry. Jackie Rowles, MBA, CRNA, ANP-BC, FAAN, is the President of the International Federation of Nurse Anesthetists and has been in contact with CRNAs around the country. 

On this bonus episode, she’ll provide us with a global perspective for this pandemic by discussing how Europe is handling COVID-19, why Africa has been dealing with this well, and what we’ll learn from everything. 

Rowles visited France in late February right before the hospitals began getting an influx of patients. We hear a lot about Italy but France is also dealing with a very serious situation, and they’ve had to utilize students for help in the ICU. She’ll share that first-hand perspective along with other things she’s learned since this all began. 

If you want to learn more about the financial impact COVID-19 is having on CRNAs, check out our other bonus episode here. 

Check it out at the top of the page and use the timestamps to help you navigate through the many topics we discussed.

1:42 – Jackie Rowles updates us on some of the headlines globally, which countries are being impacted, and how students are being called to help. 

7:06 – Jackie details her visit to Brussels before returning back to the US.

8:27 – How is everyone holding up around the world?

11:32 – We’re all going to deal with a learning curve through this ordeal but we also have to do an in-depth analysis after to become more prepared.

12:40 – Do countries have the personal protective equipment that they need? 

13:49 – Why was the US so underprepared? 

20:28 – The bottomline is there’s just so much uncertainty with this and it’s impacting employment.

23:16 – Teamwork rises above the politics and we’re all having to come together.

25:26 – There’s a demand for healthcare and the elective procedures will come back strong.  

28:04 – We need to take more precautions when we’re traveling. 

32:07 – Jackie’s final message about being blessed to serve the IFNA on behalf of our country.





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Our historical series continues today with a detailed look back on the life and career of Florence ‘Mack’ McQuillen, the first executive director of the AANA and someone who held the position for nearly a quarter century. We’re excited to have Nancy Bruton-Maree, CRNA, and Sandy Ouellette, CRNA to tell us about how she helped shape the association and why she was considered by some to be a ‘benevolent dictator.

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