Ep 160: Remembering Helen Vos, The Mother of Continuing Education

Our historical series wouldn’t be complete without an episode dedicated to the life and accomplishments of former AANA president Helen P Vos. What better way to truly understand her impact on the profession than by talking with two of her former students who were later mentored by Ms. Vos. Let’s welcome back Nancy Bruton-Maree, CRNA, and Sandy Ouellette, CRNA to the show to tell us about this special person.

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

On This Episode:

Our historical series returns to spotlight another wonder person and former AANA president, Helen Vos.

We’re really excited about this conversation because Nancy Bruton-Maree, CRNA, and Sandy Ouellette, CRNA, were students of hers and actually got mentored by Ms. Vos as well. That special relationship led to a lot of great stories during this episode and it helps us get a great understanding of the type of person, teacher, and nurse Ms. Vos was.

This former AANA president led a special life, even from the day she was born, and we’ll talk about why she should be considered the ‘mother of continuing education.’

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

  • How she made medical history at birth
  • She was an incredible story-teller even at a young age
  • How she got in to medicine and how she became a CRNA
  • Her time spent in Pakistan training people
  • A great story about ice cream
  • What made her a great teach and leader
  • The impact she had on the AANA through service and work
  • Why she should be considered the ‘Mother of Continuing Education’
  • Remembering her celebration of life in 2007

We also wanted to mention that we’ve gotten so much great feedback about this historical series and we thank you for that. If you ever want to connect with Sandy or Nancy to ask them a question or request a subject for the podcast, you can email them at nbmaree@gmail.com and souellette515@gmail.com.

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.

3:31 – Introducing today’s subject

4:37 – Early life

8:29 – A spirit for adventure

12:20 – Education

19:15 – Her work in anesthesia

25:00 – Career as a CRNA

28:26 – Story about how direct she could be

33:14 – Service to the AANA

38:29 – Mother of Continuing Education

43:52 – Her passing

50:06 – Final thoughts on Helen


“There as an article, that I still have a copy of, that was written in our hospital news bulletin. And it described her vividly, it said Ms. Vos is Dutch – direct, dedicated, and decisive. I can tell you as students, we did not want to cross HPV.”

– Sandy Ouellette, CRNA

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Ep 200: Exploring the Power of Nursing and Its Future Impact on Healthcare

As we celebrate the release of our 200th episode, it seemed fitting to shine the spotlight on the profession as a whole and the people who devote their lives to helping others. Many CRNAs, and nurses in general, don’t give themselves enough credit for the work they do every day. So today we’re going to take a big picture look at the power of nursing and the innovation we’re doing that could change healthcare with Rebecca Love, RN, MSN, FIEL.

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Ep 199: Olive Berger, CRNA – Founding Member of the AANA

The early years of anesthesia were a time when nurses proved just how valuable they were as this new world was being explored. Olive Berger, CRNA was one of the women that rose to the occasion and helped shape the profession through her work with ‘blue babies’ and with the AANA. Today we look back on her career with show historians Nancy Bruton-Maree, CRNA and Sandy Ouellette, CRNA.

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