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Ep 225: An Inside Look at Lobbying for Your State Association

During our visit to the NCANA meeting last fall, we had the opportunity to host a live podcast about lobbying for your state association and we had the pleasure of bringing NCANA lobbyists Patrick Ballantine and Tracy Kimbrell onto the panel with us. Both of them have been tremendous assets to our association because of their passion for lobbying. We explored that role to find out what skills it takes, how to utilize a lobbyist, and what you should expect from them.

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Ep 219: The Future of Healthcare & Anesthesia with Scott Becker

As we put the finishing touches on another year, we didn’t want to use this time looking backward. Instead, we want to zoom out and get a better idea of where healthcare is headed. Who better to discuss this than Scott Becker, who is the founder of Becker’s Healthcare and someone who has his finger on the pulse of the industry.

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Ep 214: Where is VA CRNA Practice Headed?

The VA CRNA practice has been a topic of importance for a while because the VA hospital is the largest healthcare system in the country and currently employs more than 1,100 CRNAs. The worry is that if it fails, it will have a huge domino effect across the country. So what direction is the Association of Veterans Affairs Nurse Anesthetists (AVANA) headed?

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Ep 212: Thankful for the AANA and Its Ongoing Efforts for CRNAs

It hasn’t been the easiest year for a lot of people, but we know there’s still plenty to be grateful for as we approach another Thanksgiving. Specifically, we wanted to shine the light on the AANA and everything they do for our profession each year. New AANA President Angie Mund, DNP, CRNA is a friend of the show and someone we appreciate quite a bit so we wanted to spend some time with her on this holiday to talk about everything she’s hoping to accomplish over the next year.

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Ep 210: The Dangers of Button Batteries & the Immediate Care Required

When Sharon visited the NCANA meeting in Wilmington, she sat through a lecture full of people with children and grandchildren that were panicked listening to the speaker. It was eye-opening and something we wanted to bring awareness to because it can be avoided. The person speaking that day was Emily Funk, DNP, CRNA and we asked her to come on to talk to us about the danger of button batteries and the harm they can cause almost immediately when ingested.

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Ep 204: CRNA Strong – Inspirational Stories from Four CRNAs

  Check out the timestamps below to help you navigate through the many topics we discussed. On This Episode: Our profession is filled with incredible individuals who are resourceful and know how to make the most out of whatever comes their way in the operating room and in life. During our time at the AANA…

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Ep 203: The Future of Anesthesia with NorthStar CEO & CAO

  Check out the timestamps below to help you navigate through the many topics we discussed. On This Episode: There’s been a huge strain put on the anesthesia business in recent years due to the way that hospitals and surgeries have changed, and there’s some uneasiness about what it could mean for the future. Today…

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Ep 200: Exploring the Power of Nursing and Its Future Impact on Healthcare

As we celebrate the release of our 200th episode, it seemed fitting to shine the spotlight on the profession as a whole and the people who devote their lives to helping others. Many CRNAs, and nurses in general, don’t give themselves enough credit for the work they do every day. So today we’re going to take a big picture look at the power of nursing and the innovation we’re doing that could change healthcare with Rebecca Love, RN, MSN, FIEL.

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We Have an Exciting Show Announcement to Make

We’ve been waiting for a little while to let the cat out of the bag but it’s finally time to make an exciting announcement about the future of the podcast.

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Ep 198: An Upcoming Opportunity for All Doctoral Students

Earlier this year we spoke to Marianne Cosgrove, CRNA, DNAP, APRN, PhD, on the podcast and she emailed us later about a student that would like to come on the podcast to discuss their doctoral project. At that moment, a lightbulb went off and we realized this is a great opportunity for other students to do the same. Today we’ll introduce the committee we’ve put together, explain the application process, and lay out our goals for what’s to come.

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Ep 197: Healthcare Provider Wellness and Self-Care

If COVID taught us anything, it’s that it’s just as important for healthcare workers to take care of their own health as it is to take care of others. It’s a shift away from how we’ve al-ways thought about providing care, but it’s necessary for the wellness of CRNAs and all workers. Today we’ll talk with Matthew Zinder, CRNA, who is a co-founder of the upcoming Provider Wellness Symposium, about tips and suggestions for improving yourself and we’ll find out more about what his event will offer.

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Ep 196: Trying to Solve the Healthcare Credentialing Problem

  Any CRNA who’s gone through the credentialing process knows how inefficient and frustrating it can be. There’s got to be a better way right? Andi Stamper, DNP, CRNA and Kiki Mattress, MSNA, CRNA are working to streamline this process through their company, HealthShield Credentialing. The pair joins the podcast today to tell us more…

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Ep 195: Meet the New AANA CEO, Bill Bruce

The AANA introduced its new CEO earlier this summer and Bill Bruce, MBA, CAE has already hit the ground running. So what does a non-CRNA bring to the organization? We got the opportunity to sit down with him to learn more about his background, his leadership style, and how he hopes to engage and build trust with members.

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Ep 194: Norwegian Anesthetist’s Story of Saving a Drowning Infant

Sometimes it’s about being in the right place at the right time, but even more than that, it’s about taking action to help a fellow human when the time calls for it. That’s exactly what Olaf Jacobsen experienced a few years ago when he came across a mother and three children in frigid water coming home from work in Norway. Hear the heartbreaking but in-credible story about what was discovered and how they were able to rescue the infant and save its life.

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Ep 193: A Nurse for Sheriff? History Could Be Made

Nurses are uniquely qualified for the responsibilities that come with holding a public office, which is why we’re seeing more and more campaigning. But did you ever think about running for sheriff? Caitlin Sepeda is a registered nurse in Massachusetts that’s doing just that and today she joins the show to tell us about her path to this point and why she hopes to make history.

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Ep 192: Effective Federal Advocacy Starts at Home

The great thing about being an advocate for nurse anesthetists is that anyone can have an impact no matter where they live. Many federal legislators starts locally so there are opportunities to create relationships early and close to home. Sarah Tweedy, CRNA, got a first-hand look at working with legislators as a student and has carried that interest into her young professional career. Find out what she’s learned about advocacy and how best to build relationships with policy-makers.

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Ep 191: Decreasing Healthcare Disparity Through Improved Diversity

You’ve probably already noticed that most of our colleagues in nurse anesthesia look pretty similar. Through innovation and educational pipelines, the industry is working to improve the diversity in our workforce, which will lead to better healthcare outcomes for all. Sonya Moore, DNP, CRNA, joins the show to talk about her experiences as a minority in healthcare and how she’s helping drive change through her LEAP program.

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Ep 190: Using Neuroscience for Daily Direction and Coping Mechanisms

Each of us faces our own battles every day, some of which are much more difficult than others. No matter what mental health challenges you’re dealing with, finding ways to manage everything are so important for everyone. Susie Newell, DNP, CRNA, wrote a book recently about creating activities and mindsets to help people cope with mental issues and it’s all focused on neuroscience. She joins us today to share her research and what she’s learned during the publishing process.

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Ep 187: Panel on Incivility and Bullying with the Nebraska State Association

Jeremy and Sharon took part in a panel discussion on incivility and bullying within the CRNA workplace and educational system. Speaking alongside members of the Nebraska Association of Nurse Anesthetists, they were able to dive into the core issues at the heart of this behavior from the perspective of both the student and the preceptor. Plus, they offered up solutions to help curb incivility and bullying.

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Ep 182: The Push for Full Practice Authority for VA CRNAs

More than 1,000 CRNAs work with the Veterans Health Administration and they can’t operate with full practice authority like their counterparts serving in every branch of the military. The Association of Veterans Affairs Nurse Anesthetists is working to change that despite significant pushback, and former president Diane Boettger, MHS, CRNA, joins the show to talk about her time on the board and the work the organization is doing to push CRNAs forward.

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