Ep 133: How Geographic Information Systems Are Being Used to Identify Veteran Suicide Risk

The rate of suicides among our veteran population continues to rise and the number is probably higher than most people realize. The good news is people are leveraging incredible new data to improve support and care for those that need it most. Kevin Driscoll, DNP, MSN, CRNA, is the only CRNA certified in these geographic information systems (GIS) and he joins us today to share his passion for data, how it’s being used to serve veterans, and the other possibilities that could come from GIS.

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

On This Episode:

The past decade has seen an incredible rise in the amount of data being compiled and tracked in every aspect of our life. While some of it feels pretty invasive, there are plenty of people using it to improve the lives of people.

One example of that is Kevin Driscoll, DNP, MSN, CRNA. He’s the president of the NBCRNA and the only CRNA certified in geographic information systems (GIS). He’s now putting this new-found passion into assisting the veteran population around the country and helping those most at risk of suicide.

This is a fascinating conversation because he opens our eyes to the many uses of GIS around the world that we had no idea about. A lot of this deals with the military, which he’s served in most recently after 9/11, and many of the applications will benefit CRNAs and SRNAs in the future. We really enjoyed this episode and think you will as well.

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

  • The rising number of suicides among veterans.
  • Why the suicide rate is actually higher than the public statistics say.
  • The four primary reasons people are at risk of suicide.
  • Explanation of the Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and how it’s utilized.
  • What he’s able to do with this data that isn’t a HIPAA violation.
  • Incredible ways in which data is used in the military.
  • The ways that CRNAs and SRNAs can use this data to provide better care.
  • How he plots the data and how long that process takes.

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.

3:20 – Welcome Kevin!  

4:32 – Background on Kevin

9:33 – Who’s at risk for suicide?  

12:15 – Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

17:21 – What the data can teach us

23:16 – Who can access this data?

25:32 – Using this to help veterans

29:22 – What else he uses GIS for

37:38 – How CRNAs & SRNAs can use this data

42:51 – Process of plotting

47:11 – Tracking the type of cases CRNAs are working

51:45 – Final thoughts

“If you really want to be able to utilize this and utilize GIS really well, you need to make sure that you have the most accurate data possible…It’s a grassroots effort to make sure the veracity of that data is really good.”

-Kevin Driscoll, DNP, MSN, CRNA





COVID-19 Pandemic

Ep 213: Moral Injury and Nurse Anesthesia

With the increased distress and rationing of care that arose during the COVID-19 pandemic, the topic of Moral Injury (MI) has started to garner much more attention in the world of healthcare. This repeated conflict between an individual’s morality and the management of care causes a deep emotional wound that often drives workers out of the profession altogether. Jerry Hogan, DNSc, CRNA wrote an article about this subject, so we’ve asked him to explain the effects of MI and how CRNAs can resolve this conflict.

Current Events

Ep 212: Thankful for the AANA and Its Ongoing Efforts for CRNAs

It hasn’t been the easiest year for a lot of people, but we know there’s still plenty to be grateful for as we approach another Thanksgiving. Specifically, we wanted to shine the light on the AANA and everything they do for our profession each year. New AANA President Angie Mund, DNP, CRNA is a friend of the show and someone we appreciate quite a bit so we wanted to spend some time with her on this holiday to talk about everything she’s hoping to accomplish over the next year.


Ep 211: Anesthesia Management for a Pheochromocytoma

We’ve had CRNAs and SRNAs ask us to give them the essential information needed to manage a particular case and today we’re going to do that with Pheochromocytoma. This is the second episode in our endocrine surgical procedures series and there will be some valuable info that you might find on exams as well. Here’s the power-packed episode for anesthesia management for a Pheochromocytoma that we hope you get a lot out of.




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