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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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Ep 179: Ukranian Born to New York State President – Meet Yana Krmic, CRNA

Few people in our profession represent what it means to be a CRNA more than Yana Krmic, MSN, CRNA, APRN. Born in Ukraine and raised in Siberia before moving to the United States 25 years ago, Krmic overcame many challenges to become a CRNA and eventually rise to the position of president of the New York State Association of Nurse Anesthetists. Her story is an inspiration to us all and one we’ll share on the podcast today along with her feelings on what’s happening in her home country.

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Ep 178: How Cochrane Collaborates to Promote Evidence-Based Decision Making

The healthcare industry has always depended on collaboration to advance medicine and improve care for patients. Much of that collaboration comes in the form of sharing findings from studies and research, which is what the Cochrane Network tries to compile into thorough and systemic reviews. By working with clinicians, policymakers, providers, and even CRNAs like Dru Riddle, PhD, DNP, CRNA, FAAN, Cochrane promotes evidence-based decision making across healthcare, and today we’ll learn more about the US Network and the role it plays for CRNAs.

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Ep 177: The Path to Full Practice Authority in the Air Force

The fight to give CRNAs full practice authority continues in states across the country but there have been some important victories along the way. All you need to do is look to our military to find a model that many people would like to see across the profession as the U.S. Army, Navy, and Air Force have all removed restrictions on CRNAs. Today we’ll talk with Air Force Colonel Jan Setnor, MSN, CRNA, who was one of the key people involved in helping the Air Force gain that authority and she’ll share the story of how it all happened.

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Ep 176: Meet 13 Candidates in the 2022 AANA Elections

The AANA Elections to appoint 2022-2023 board and elected committees will open on April 19 and members will have two weeks to cast their votes. We had the opportunity to go to the mid-year assembly in Washington D.C earlier this month and give candidates the chance to speak directly to you about their views and goals to help you make a more in-formed decision. Today you’ll hear from 13 CRNAs who will be on the ballot this month.

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Ep 175: Why More Nurses Need to Be Elected to Congress

As we approach another round of midterm elections, we wanted to introduce you to one of the few nurses around the country that hopes to represent her state in Congress. Renee Ellmers is running again in North Carolina after previously serving three terms and she’s doing so with the goal of improving access to healthcare in our country. We’ll also discuss why it matters to have nurses representing our profession as elected leaders and how it might have made a difference in a recent ruling in Tennessee.

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Ep 174: Anesthesia Practice Considerations When Dealing with a Methamphetamine Patient

With the rise in methamphetamine use across the country, CRNAs need to be prepared to provide anesthesia to a substance use disorder patient. Jenny Krogh, CRNA, has noticed several misconceptions and conflicting management of patients who have used methamphetamines through her time working and researching. Today she joins us to explain the effects of methamphetamines on the body and clarifies some of the inaccuracies.

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Ep 171: Health and Wellness for the CRNA

Long hours and high stress are typically a recipe for poor health, which is why it’s always good to get a reminder to put ourselves and our bodies first. That can be difficult for CRNAs, who are trained to prioritize the needs of others. That’s why we wanted to bring on master nutritionist Donnell Carter, MBA, MS, CRNA to give us the information and motivation we need to take steps towards a healthier lifestyle.

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