CRNA Careers

Like Mother, Like Daughter: Discover the Unique Bond of a Mother-Daughter CRNA Team

In this heartfelt episode of Beyond The Mask, a story of unique dynamics when working alongside family in the world of anesthesia comes to life. Jeremy and Sharon sit down with a remarkable mother-daughter duo, Melody Secrest and Emily King, both CRNAs, who share their experiences working in the same hospital department. We uncover the challenges and triumphs that come with balancing professional boundaries and personal relationships in the operating room.

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A Groundbreaking Product to Improve Airway Management

Most CRNAs have come up with solutions in the operating room for airway management, but today’s guest took it a step further and developed a product to address issues we face as patient body types change. Roxanne McMurray, DNP, CRA, APRN, FAANA takes us on her journey from recognizing the urgent need for better tools to inventing a groundbreaking device, the McMurray Enhanced Airway.

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IFNA Past, Present & Future: Contributions to Global Anesthesia and Surgical Care

Join us as we celebrate the 34th anniversary of the International Federation of Nurse Anesthetists with past president Sandy Ouellette, CRNA and current president Jackie Rowles, DNP, CRNA, NSPM-C, FAANA.

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Get Gritty With It: How CRNAs Can Reduce Burnout and Achieve Long-Term Goals

Burnout has always been an issue for nurses and CRNAs but the issue has risen ever since COVID and the added stress that’s put on the healthcare industry. What if there was a way to help individuals guard against it? Today we dissect the concept of grit with Michell Smith, CRNA and explore how passion and perseverance are not just buzzwords but critical tools for CRNAs striving to achieve their long-term goals.

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How to Own or Direct an Ambulatory Surgery Center as a CRNA

Today’s guest, Brett Maxfield, MS, CRNA, is here to show us the path to owning or directing an Ambulatory Surgery Center after doing it on his own over the past eight years. We’ll take you through a remarkable journey that begins with organ failure and then uncover the vast career opportunities for CRNAs, spotlighting the importance of adaptability and embracing the diversity of roles that await passionate individuals.

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Employing an Effective Mentoring Program to Recruit, Retain, & Increase Satisfaction for CRNAs

As CRNAs look for ways to attract and retain good people, mentorship programs might be the key to growing the profession. Together with co-host Tracy Castleman, DNP, CRNA, APN-A, FAANA, Abby Bisch, DNP, CRNA and Elvira Sayfutdinova, MSN, CRNA join the show to share what they’ve learned about building a successful mentorship program in St. Louis.

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The Importance of Creating an ICU RN/CRNA Shadow Program

Imagine the impact a structured shadowing program can have on ICU nurses thinking about a future as a CRNA. That’s why today’s guest, Caroline Killmon, MS, CRNA has helped create a shadow program at her hospital in North Carolina and will share the experience so far. We’ll look at the positive ripple effects it can have on the nursing community, the success stories emerging from these shadowing experiences, and the impact a well-constructed shadowing opportunity could have on the future of healthcare.

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Engaging the Late Career CRNA with Cindy Farina

Examples of ageism can be found in just about any profession but is this something that CRNAs should be concerned about? This episode, with the help of co-host Jackie Rowles, MBA, CRNA, ANP-BC, FAAN and guest Cindy Farina, DNP, CRNA explores how the cultural fixations on youth can not only undermine job satisfaction but can also nudge experienced CRNAs towards premature retirement. We also want to recognize the relevance of late-career CRNAs, their contributions to the nurse anesthesiology profession, and the potential challenges they face.

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Nurturing Knowledge with Thanks

As we celebrate another Thanksgiving, we want to show our appreciation for an organization that does so much for CRNAs. Many people don’t know about the AANA Foundation’s purpose and why it’s important to individual CRNAs working in the OR, but they play a critical role in supporting and growing the profession. Today we’ll spend time with Executive Director Nat Carmichael and Treasurer Mike Anderson, DNP, CRNA to learn more about the best kept secret in our profession.

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Advocacy in Nurse Anesthesiology Training with Dr. Kristie Hoch

We pose the question to guests all the time about how to get more CRNAs involved on the advocacy side of the profession, but today’s guest is taking a hands-on approach to instilling that mindset at the educational level. Dr. Kristie Hoch has taken her passion for advocacy and applied it to the nurse anesthesiology program at the University of Arizona. Together with co-host Tracy Castleman, DNP, CRNA, APN-A, FAANA, we will hear all about her training process and why she thinks this leadership training will pay off in all aspects of their careers.

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A Movement to Enhance Obstetric Anesthesia with Suzie Newell

Today we’re joined by Suzie Newell, DNP, CRNA, FAANA once again, but this time we will focus on an area of anesthesia that has become outdated: obstetrics. Behind her passion for this area of anesthesia, Suzie helped create the Society for Obstetric Nurse Anesthesia and Research (SONAR) to fill a void for people that had practical solutions to problems she was seeing in the field. Find out how this organization came to be, what it hopes to accomplish, and how you can get involved.

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Strengthening the Future of CRNAs Through Mentorship with Richard Wilson

How do we make the next generation of CRNAs better than the previous generation? This is the question that led today’s guest, Richard Wilson, DNAP, CRNA, to get involved in education and provide leadership training mentorship for the next group of CRNAs so they have the ability to take the profession to another level. Join us today as we talk about the importance of mentorship, how to be a successful mentor, and what benefits it provides our industry when we have stronger applicants.

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What We Gain When We Sacrifice with Yana Krmic, CRNA

Sacrifice is part of the job when you’re a nurse. We all understand that comes with the territory. But there’s an even greater level of sacrifice for those who try to be advocates and leaders within the profession.

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Discovering the Healing Power of Battlefield Acupuncture with Angel Jaap, CRNA

Battlefield Acupuncture (BFA) is rapidly gaining recognition for its effectiveness in alleviating acute and chronic pain, as well as anxiety. When we heard Angel Jaap, CRNA speak about this at the AANA Spring Symposium, we wanted to bring her on to learn more about this alternative therapy. You’ll understand why she wants more nurses to learn this protocol after you hear some of the applications and success stories she shares today.

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Crafting Your Elevator Speech for Professional Confidence with Julie Gauderman, CRNA

Have you ever been caught off guard when asked to explain who you are or what’s important to you? That’s a conundrum our guest Julie Gauderman, MS, DNAP, APRN, CNRA is here to help you navigate. Together with co-host Tracy Castleman, DNP, CRNA, APN-A, FAANA, we dive into the concept of an elevator speech, how to craft it, and why it’s an effective way to confidently represent your profession and control your narrative.

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AANA Launches Rm8 Initiative to Support CRNAs & Healthcare Innovation

Board members Tracy Young, CRNA, MBA and Jeff Molter, MSN, MBA, CRNA sat down with us at the AANA Annual Congress in Seattle to explain the new Rm8 innovation lab and what they hope it provides CRNAs around the country.

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CRNAs and Law Enforcement: The Parallels of Managing Pain and Having Compassion

We are joined by former Chief of the Aurora (Illinois) Police Department Kristen Ziman. She wrote a book about her experiences – good and bad – in the law enforcement profession and the leadership lessons she learned. You’ll be surprised by how many parallels there are between her career and the careers of CRNAs and this episode will have some powerful messages to share.

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Meet Lokum: A New Tech Company Designed to Connect CRNAs to Employers

The nursing industry is filled with so many bright and talented people and today’s guest is just another example of that. Ayoade (Joy) Ademuyewo, DNP, CRNA is the founder and CEO of Lokum, which helps match vendors directly with anesthesiology providers without having to go through recruiting agencies. Find out why this could be the future of work as an independent contractor and learn more about the person behind it all.

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Overcoming Physical Limitations: Brett Fadgen’s Road to Anesthesia

Jeremy and Sharon were up in Hershey for the PANA Spring Symposium and hosted a live taping of the podcast with Brett Fadgen, MSN, CFRN, CRNA. If you haven’t heard Brett’s story, it’s a remarkable one about perseverance and never giving up in the face of life’s challenges. Join us to hear all about his journey and how he became the only one-armed nurse anesthetist.

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Ep 247: The Commission for Nurse Reimbursement with Rebecca Love

The issue of reimbursement is one that we’ve covered from many different perspectives on this show but now it’s time to take the problem into our own hands. Rebecca Love, RN, MSN, FIEL is leading a commission for nurse reimbursement to tackle this broken financial model once and for all. Today we’ll tell you all about the commission’s plan and why we think this will transform the healthcare system and help end the terrible nursing crisis our country is facing.

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