Ep 155: Proving the Quality and Cost Efficiency of CRNAs

Research is crucial to pushing the CRNA profession forward and that’s something that the AANA Foundation has dedicated its efforts to. To help us understand why so many resources are being poured into research and what we’re learning about anesthesia, AANA Foundation CEO Lorraine Jordan, PhD, CRNA, CAE, FAAN, joins the show. She shares the mission behind the foundation and gives us her perspective on what’s ahead for CRNAs.

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

On This Episode:

If you’re looking for great advocates for CRNAs, one of the best you’ll find is the AANA Foundation. We’ve featured them on the show before, but we always enjoy getting an update on what they’re focusing on and what they’re learning.

That’s why we’re excited to talk with our guest on this episode. Lorraine Jordan, PhD, CRNA, CAE, FAAN, is the CEO of the AANA Foundation along with holding the role of Chief Advocacy Officer for the AANA so she’s in the trenches with all of us. Anything that directly affects CRNAs falls under the umbrella of her organization so she spends a lot of time on the issues that impact us the most.

One of the most important things that AANA Foundation does is conduct research about anesthesia to help educate and advance the profession. Most people don’t realize how extensive – and expensive – these studies are, but they’re vital to help us move forward. As you’ll hear on this episode, the future is bright but CRNAs have to stay targeted and focused on making the right moves. Much of that falls on the foundation and where the research comes in. That’s why they’re continuing to push for more funding and we’ll tell you how you can help.

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

  • The background on this topic and why we brought this discussion to the show.
  • Why research and studies are so expensive.
  • The purpose of the AANA Foundation
  • Results of some of the research that’s been done and what it teaches us
  • The cost efficiency of CRNAs
  • Why aren’t more anesthesiologists in rural areas?
  • The bickering between anesthesiologists and CRNAs
  • Lorraine shares her forward vision for the profession.
  • The ways to give to the Foundation to help support research.

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.

5:12 – Welcome on Lorraine

9:09 – Why we picked this topic

11:37 – Cost of research studies

15:23 – Research results

24:48 – Quality not being a priority

29:10 – CRNAs in rural areas

35:27 – Anesthesiologists and CRNAs working together

39:02 – Lorriane’s forward vision

45:20 – How to donate

50:10 – Final thoughts

To make a Memorial or Tribute Gift to the AANA: https://www.aana.com/docs/default-source/foundation-aana-com-web-documents-(all)/memorial-and-tribute-gift-summary.pdf?sfvrsn=de8545b1_0 

“More importantly, we’re here to serve the public and make sure that they get safe, quality, and cost-effective care and they have access to that care. That’s who we are and that’s what we do.”

– Lorraine Jordan, AANA Foundation CEO







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