Ep 162: A Lifetime of Advocacy & Volunteerism with Linda Moore, CRNA, BS

Being a CRNA means caring for and about people and you won’t find many people that are better examples of that than Linda Moore, CRNA, BS. The former president of the NCANA has been in nursing for nearly 50 years, using much of that time on advocacy and volunteerism. Today she joins us to share that experience and help us understand why it’s so critical to nurse anesthesia. 

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

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Caring for people is at the core of the CRNA profession so it’s no surprise that many of the leaders in our profession continue to do that even when they leave work.

Linda Moore, CRNA, BS, is a great example of that. She’s been in nursing for 49 years and all but three of those years were as a CRNA. Outside of the operating room, she’s served twice as the president of the NCANA, was a founding member of the North Carolina Advanced Practice Coalition, and has volunteered countless hours internationally. Now she serving as a Precinct Chair for the NC Democratic Party while still providing anesthesia as an independent contractor.

As you can see, she devoted her life to this advocacy and volunteerism and that effort was recently recognized with the NCANA’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

We are excited to welcome her back onto the podcast to talk about these experiences and what it’s been like to help mentor and teach so many people at home and abroad. She’s lead by example her entire life and we hope that others in nurse anesthesia continue to follow in her footsteps.

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

  • Why she’s so passionate about this topic
  • How the Nurse Practice Act came to be and what it took to get it passed
  • The importance of mentorship in our profession
  • Her experience with the Health Volunteers Overseas
  • Her experience in politics and the role she holds within the North Carolina Democratic Party

Watch the documentary referenced on the show: https://app.box.com/s/ldy0pye5lpnccccdgmt29b044e563m60 

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.

3:01 – Background on Linda

7:08 – Why advocacy & volunteerism is important 

9:22 – Nursing Practice Act

12:56 – Lessons she’s learned 

13:59 – Mentorship

18:01 – Where she volunteers

23:46 – Political involvement

27:24 – Her role within NC Democratic Party

31:42 – Final thoughts on the topic

33:20 – Lightning Round


“I have the ability to talk to state, local, and federal representatives and teach them about what nurse anesthesia is. Not just about what I want them to do for me but what we do for them. Every time they come into a hospital, that’s who they’re going to see and why it’s important for them to understand what we do.”

-Linda Moore, CRNA, BS

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