Ep 102: What Does Gen X, Y, and Me Believe is the Future of Nurse Anesthesia Profession?

While the CRNA profession continues to remain steady and strong, we’re at a critical point in time if things are going to stay that way. What can be done to motivate and engage the younger generations of CRNAs to be active and involved? We put together a panel for the CANA to discuss the future of the profession and its organizations.

Click the timestamps below to help you navigate through the many topics we discussed.

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One of the ongoing themes for this show is CRNA advocacy and getting younger people more involved. They go hand in hand and both are essential for the future of the profession.

On this episode of Beyond the Mask, we’re going to take a panel approach to the discussion because what better way to find solutions than to hear the opinions of people across every generation. CRNAs will be well-represented on this show thanks to having a Baby Boomer, X, Y, and Millennial all a part of the conversation.

Our panel today includes Keiran Shamash, Ace Panes, William Santos and Rachelle Young.

There will be a number of different angles to this overall topic of what the future of the nurse anesthesia profession will look like. One question that comes up a lot during this show is whether the profession is too reactive? Is it going to take a threat to salary or work or some other aspect of the job that will push people act or can it be done before that tipping point?

Each of our guests will answer those questions, which also lead us into asking about what can be done to change the perception of CRNAs. Will a name change to anesthesiologist be a positive or negative? We’ll all weigh in on that debate and provide different perspectives on what that could accomplish.

The whole idea is to get a wide range of opinions and perspectives on each of these matters. Working together to build on the foundation that’s already been laid and continue to grow is essential for all CRNAs. We’d love to hear your opinion on the topics discussed in this episode so please reach out or connect with us on Facebook.

So as you get started on the episode, keep an ear out for these topics:

  • What they think can be improved
  • Building on the foundation laid before us
  • Engaging SRNAs early in their development
  • What compelled them to be a part of the AANA?
  • Getting the public more aware of the profession
  • Thoughts on the name change
  • The history behind the names
  • Why we need to be unified as an organization on key issues
  • Ways to attract the younger professionals to the AANA and meetings
  • Know your value

Check it out the interview at the top of the page and use the timestamps to help you navigate through the many topics we discussed.

[2:08] – Today we’re recording for the CANA with some special guests

[4:44] – Different generations

[6:07] – What will take to move the profession forward?

[8:02] – Building on the foundation that’s been laid

[10:31] – Will it take a threat to a profession to get CRNAs to become engaged? 

[16:11] – Why did you feel compelled to join the AANA?

[19:16] – Going through the program with children

[20:58] – How to move our profession forward? 

[23:07] – What’s the solution to public awareness problem?

[26:49] – How do you feel about the name change to anesthesiologists? 

[30:22] – Any pushback from physician anesthesiologists?

[33:45] – How important is it to have a unified front on this issue?

[36:51] – Ways to attract younger generations to the AANA

[42:20] – Should business background be more of a priority during training?

[45:09] – The role of social media

[49:06] – Final thoughts from each of our guests 


“I think it really starts with engaging your SRNAs and that’s how you get people to try and achieve things without first being threatened.”

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