We know CRNAs are busy with limited time. That’s why we want to bring you clinical updates and reviews that are pertinent to your anesthesia practice.

This is Beyond the Mask – Clinical Edition with Jeremy Heiner and Sass Elisha.

Together, Jeremy and Sass have a combined 40 years of experience teaching anesthesia students and CRNAs. They speak nationally and at state associations, and also continue to practice anesthesia in the operating room. Jeremy and Sass author and edit several anesthesia textbooks including Nurse Anesthesia, the core anesthesia textbook used in the CRNA profession.

You can expect Jeremy and Sass to discuss case management, pharmacology, critical events, and other up-to-date topics in power-packed, concise episodes. Check out the series below and enjoy!

Disparities in Healthcare

As anesthesia providers charged with providing patients with the highest quality anesthesia care, we are obligated to become more knowledgeable of these disparities in healthcare and strive to play an active role in addressing these pervasive systemic issues.


Beyond the Clouds: Anesthesia for Cannabis Enthusiasts

With marijuana legalization spreading across the globe and vaping gaining popularity, it’s crucial for healthcare providers and patients alike to understand how these factors can impact the surgical experience. In this episode, we’ll explore this topic and share the considerations CRNAs need to make when dealing with cannabis users




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Sharon graduated from the Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Hospital Nurse Anesthesia program in 1992. She resides in North Carolina and currently works as a 1099 CRNA. Association service includes the President of the North Carolina Association of Nurse Anesthetists. She served three years on the AANA (American Association of Nurse Anesthetists) Public Relations (PR) committee and conducted Media Training for state associations in conjunction with the AANA Senior Director of Strategic Communications, Chris Bettin. Sharon was the producer of the AANA PR award-winning video, The Best Kept Secret in Healthcare.

She chaired the Government Relations Committee of the AANA in 2009-2010 and has been a registered lobbyist and legislative involvement for over 22 years. Board of Director service at the national level of the AANA has included Region 2 Director, Vice President, President-Elect, and President in 2014-2015. Sharon ran for the North Carolina House of Representatives in 2015-16 but unfortunately lost in the primary. Not to be deterred, Sharon returned to school to obtain her Doctorate at Yale University, leading her to design the first-ever Candidate School for Nurses and Midwives. Although Covid intervened, canceling the pilot program, Sharon has created a Facebook Group called Influential Nurses, a group to facilitate, encourage, and empower nurses running for elected office. Sharon believes the time is now for nurses to take their rightful seats in positions of INFLUENCE. 


Jeremy Stanley is the president and founder of CRNA Financial Planning ®, an AANA Member Advantage Program Partner. For more than two decades, he has been helping CRNAs utilize their career paths to pursue their dreams. As a member of the Wake Forest Baptist Health
Nurse Anesthesia Program Advisory Committee, as well as a Public Trustee to the AANA Foundation, Jeremy stays abreast of the ever-evolving healthcare landscape as well as the political issues that affect CRNAs. An advocate for the CRNA profession, Jeremy has written two books – exclusively for CRNAs. “The Wealthy CRNA” lays out a foundational road map for CRNAs to plan their financial futures, and “A CRNA’s Life After Anesthesia” is designed to assist CRNAs in planning for retirement. Both books have been prior approved by the AANA for Class A CE credits.