Courage to Lead: 1998-99 AANA President Linda Williams

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We’re excited to add another chapter to our Courage to Lead series with 1998-99 AANA President Linda Williams, JD, CRNA. In this episode, Sharon and guest host Tracy Castleman, DNP, CRNA, APN-A, FAANA sit down with Linda to reminisce about her experiences, offering listeners a rare glimpse into the heart of a leader who has truly been through the fire. Join us for a candid discussion about the supervision issue, the importance of mentorship, and the vital role of professionalism.

Linda’s tenure as AANA president was anything but ordinary. She faced significant challenges, from personal attacks to professional battles, all while pushing the envelope for CRNAs’ autonomy and recognition. But what makes her story so compelling is not the obstacles she encountered; it’s the grace, intelligence, and wit with which she overcame them. But it’s not just about looking back. Linda’s insights are as relevant today as they were during her presidency.

 

Here’s some of what we discuss in this episode:

  • What she remembers most from a tumultuous year as president.
  • The battle she fought over the supervision issue.
  • How and why the mentoring program got started under Linda.
  • Why professionalism was always a huge focus for her.
  • The responsibility of past leaders to respect and support the current leadership.
  • The big lessons she learned and took away from her time as president.

 

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“​I ​had ​an ​exhausting ​year ​and ​it ​was ​incredibly ​emotional ​with ​threats ​and ​so ​on ​and ​so ​forth. ​I ​did ​all ​that ​work ​all ​year, ​and ​the ​only ​thing ​people ​remember ​is ​(the quote), ‘Students ​are ​10% ​of ​our ​membership ​and ​100% ​of ​our ​future.”’

– Linda Williams, past AANA president. 


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