Ep 119: Advocating for CRNAs Using YouTube and Social Media with Jason Bolt, CRNA

You might know him as Bolt CRNA on social media. This new-age advocate for the profession has built a strong following through YouTube, Facebook, Instagram and now Tik-Tok. Find out how Jason Bolt, CRNA, began this journey as an ‘influencer’ and how he uses his platform to help educate current and aspiring nurse anesthetists.

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

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Advocating for the professions has always been a priority for our show, and we’ve often looked at it from a membership and political perspective.

But the younger generation is making their impact in a different way.

Today we’ll introduce you to Jason Bolt, CRNA, who has grown a big following across social media under the name Bolt CRNA. You might have seen him on YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, and even Tik-Tok, and he uses these different social media channels to engage fellow CRNAs and educate those aspiring to join the profession. It’s not your traditional form of advocating, but it’s becoming much more common.

We have a lot to talk about on this episode and maybe it will inspire you to get more active on social media. You never know who will find your accounts and become more interested in the CRNA profession.

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

  • Why he feels so strongly that advocating for CRNAs is important
  • What platforms he uses to connect and communicate with people
  • The negative side of social media and what to be aware of.
  • His authenticity on social media and why it’s important for advocacy
  • Who are the people that are reaching out to him?
  • How can other CRNAs use social media to advocate.
  • You’d be surprised how many people will reach out to you for information on a CRNA career if you’re active on social media

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

2:23 – Welcome in Jason

3:26 – Background on Jason

5:47 – Why is this topic important

7:53 – CRNA school

8:54 – Building a following on social media

13:57 – The negative side of social media

15:37 – How he uses it to advocate

19:11 – Who got him interested in being a CRNA  

21:29 – How he got started on social media  

24:08 – How can other CRNAs use social to advocate?  

27:07 – Future plans  

30:41 – Words of wisdom

31:49 – Membership  

32:41 – Lightning Round


“We still, to this day, are in that place where if you don’t advocate and you don’t educate about your career and what you do for the general public, there could be some bad outcomes or consequences for that. I believe strongly that every CRNA should be an advocate for CRNAs.”

-Jason Bolt, CRNA

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