Ep 138: The Highs & Lows of Sharon’s Journey to a DNP

Before we share anything, please note that this is an emotional episode. Not only was the journey to a DNP a long and arduous one for Sharon with plenty of highs and lows that we’ll discuss, but we begin the show with heartbreaking news about Sharon’s granddaughter, Emma Kate. It’s tough to discuss but it’s important for the healing process and we appreciate everyone for the support along the way.  

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

On This Episode:

Today’s show won’t feature a guest but we think this conversation will still benefit a lot of people, including both Jeremy and Sharon.

As you’ve heard over the past couple of years, Sharon went back to school at Yale to get her Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) and it’s been a journey full of ups and downs. Now that she’s achieved her goal(!), we thought it would be great to share the good and bad from this experience to help give CRNAs an accurate idea of what to expect.

Sharon’s tattoo honoring her granddaughter, Emma Kate

Before we do that, though, we have some very heartbreaking news to share with friends and listeners. Some of you might have heard by now, but Sharon’s sweet granddaughter, Emma Kate, recently passed away shortly after she came into the world. As you can imagine, it’s been a difficult and emotional time for the family but we wanted to address it to help the healing process.

If you’d like to help us remember Emma Kate, the Halos are hosting their 11th Annual Memorial Walk on August 14, 2021 and donations are welcome here.

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

  • What made Sharon decide to go get her DNP
  • The why behind her drive.
  • The defining moment of her career that really opened her eyes.
  • The pros and cons of distance learning and taking online classes.
  • Why should someone go get their DNP?
  • What words of wisdom does Sharon have for people considering this?
  • The tough times during this journey
  • Sharon has a final message for younger CRNAs that are considering a DNP.

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.

2:25 – Plan for the show today

3:32 – Heartbreaking loss for Sharon’s family

8:39 – Sharon’s journey to get her DNP

13:01 – The why behind her decision

15:28 – Pros and cons of distance learning

18:34 – Why should you go back to get your DNP?

22:54 – Words of wisdom

26:57 – Getting overwhelmed through this journey

32:46 – Looking back on the process

35:45 – Final message to the younger CRNAs


I learned so much. I thought that I had been around for a long time and I knew a good deal, but there’s still so much to learn. And I enjoy learning and I think by and large, most CRNAs do. They’re continuous learners.

-Sharon Pearce, DNP, 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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This podcast is very well put together. I love the hosts Sharon & Jeremy, they do a fantastic job at presenting topics as well as getting great speakers on the show! This is my morning commute podcast everyday! Thank you for all that you do!
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I appreciate hearing the latest and greatest in the world of Nurse Anesthesiology while also getting Class B credits. Just listen on your commute for a win/win experience. I love the perspectives from Jeremy and Sharon who both ask varied and insightful questions!
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If you’re a CRNA or any medical professional, I highly recommend giving this podcast a listen. Hosts have a great rapport.