Current Events

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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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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How Our Heart Your Hands is Supporting Nurse Anesthetists in Africa

Today we want to share the story of two amazing and incredibly dedicated nurse anesthetists in Kenya who need financial support to earn a degree that will be transformational for them and their community. Learn all about the work Our Hearts Your Hands is doing across Africa and how you can be a part of this mission to raise $10,000 for two deserving nurses.

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Treating PTSD and Considerations for the Healthcare Provider

It’s estimated that more than 31 million Americans have PTSD but we still don’t have a great grasp on how to support and treat those struggling with this. Today we’re going to explore anesthesia’s role in patient care with guest host Angela Mund, DNP, CRNA and Major Randy Cornelius, DNP, MBA, CRNA.

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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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Captain, We Have a Problem! Medical Emergencies at 30,000 Feet

Imagine being woken up in the middle of a transatlantic flight by a flight attendant asking for your assistance in a medical emergency. That’s the situation today’s guest, Dr. Erin Foley, found herself in recently. Find out how she navigated the tense situation and what she learned about these types of incidents that happen far more often than we hear about.

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A CRNA’s Move to State Politics After Four Decades in Healthcare

Sometimes opportunities arise where you least expect them and that’s the situation Keith Denning, CRNA found himself in last year when he became a member of the Connecticut House of Representatives. Together with co-host Tracy Castleman, DNP, CRNA, APN-A, FAANA, we will learn all about his journey from the operating room to an important position in state politics. It might not have been his intention, but Keith is trying to take full advantage of his opportunity to make a positive impact.

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Lessons Learned from a CRNA Campaign for PA State Senate

We learned years ago that failing doesn’t mean you are a loser, it means you are a learner. Today’s guest unsuccessfully ran for office but that experience provided plenty of opportunities to learn and grow. Matt McCullough, CRNA shares those lessons learned during his campaign for the Pennsylvania State Senate in 2022 and why he has no regrets about pursuing change in his state.

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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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Dr. Jorge Valdés – The Trifecta of a School Nurse Dean

We’re excited to get the opportunity to sit down with someone who holds an incredibly unique position in our industry. Jorge Valdés, DNP, CRNA, APRN, FAANA, is the rare trifecta of a male nurse, minority and a CRNA in the dean’s chair at Florida International University. His rise from starting as a CRNA 21 years ago to becoming the head of a nursing school was not the path he anticipated, but Dr. Valdés has fully embraced the opportunity to impact nursing education

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First Advanced Practice Nurse in the NC Legislature Speaks Out

You’ll be hard-pressed to find a nurse who’s impacted her state like our guest today has done in North Carolina. Gale Adcock is serving her term in the NC Senate after eight years in the NC House and seven years on her local town council.

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Influence in Anesthesia with Kevin Smith, CRNA

Today we are going to discuss the uncertainties surrounding healthcare restructuring and why it’s critical for anesthesia to play an influential role moving forward. We’re excited to do that with guest host Angela Mund, DNP, CRNA, and Kevin Smith, MBA, CRNA, MSN, APRN of North American Partners in Anesthesia. We’ll have a roundtable discussion about where the anesthesia profession is headed and how CRNAs can create influence at local levels.

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Fighting for Inclusivity: How a CRNA Changed Her Community with Maureen McCartney Anderson

Our guest today has quite the story to tell about advocacy but it’s not the same advocacy we normally discuss on the show. Maureen McCartney Anderson, CRNA has been in-volved with her state association in New Jersey for a number of years and was on the path of advocating for professional rights, but that changed dramatically when her baby was born with handicaps. Now she’s pouring much of her energy into advocating for the special needs children’s population and making a difference in her community with the help of other CRNAs.

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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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Perioperative Cannabis Implications for Anesthesia Providers

The rate of cannabis use has exploded exponentially in the past 10 years and the widespread consumption demands us to be knowledgeable on the topic. Dr. Daniel King, CRNA, has become a dedicated subject matter expert in cannabis implications for anesthesia patients after taking an interest in the issues he was observing in his day-to-day practice. Today he’ll help educate us on the subject, the different risk factors, and what he’s learned about providing anesthesia for these patients.

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Lessons Learned in the State Legislature with Taylor Rehfeldt, CRNA, and Sydney Davis, CRNA

We’re back with another great interview from our trip to the mid-year assembly in Washington D.C. as Sharon and Tracy Castleman, DNP, CRNA, APN-A, FAANA got to sit down with Taylor Rehfeldt, CRNA, and Sydney Davis, CRNA. You might remember them from episode 111, and we have been excited to catch back up with these two state representatives to find out what they’ve learned about advocacy and politics by being on the other side of the table.

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The Cartelization of Heathcare: The Alarming Statistics Behind Healthcare Profits

The healthcare industry is at a crossroads financially as Americans struggle to cover medi-cal costs and profits soar following the COVID pandemic. The push for change is getting louder every day, and one of the strongest voices is coming from North Carolina State Treasurer Dale Folwell.

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