Ep 186: Empowered Women Empower Women

None of us get to where we are without the help and guidance of other people. We rely on mentorship from our peers to lift us up and empower us to accomplish great things. With the input from a few powerful women on this episode, we want to highlight women that have played a key role in helping advance the industry and discuss how we can elevate each other through empowerment.

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

On This Episode:

Women have always been at the heart of the nurse anesthesia profession but we wouldn’t be where we are today if it wasn’t for the mentorship and support that’s been passed along through the years.

On this episode of Beyond the Mask, we’ve brought on two powerful women, Jackie Rowles, MBA, CRNA, ANP-BC, FAAN and Tracy Castleman, CRNA, to join Sharon Pearce, DNP, CRNA, FAANA for a discussion about empowering women. No matter how successful we become, you never get there alone and you often do a better job when you have a strong woman alongside you to provide support and mentorship.

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

  • The reasons behind this topic and what everyone thinks it means to empower women.
  • How to respond if someone doesn’t appreciate who you are and what you bring to the table.
  • How to have tough conversations for people you care about.
  • The AANA has served to bring many women together.
  • Why mentoring is so important for providing support and giving others opportunity.
  • Each woman shares their best piece of advice.

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.

[2:22] – Highlighting powerful women

[8:47] – If someone doesn’t appreciate your unique traits

[11:04] – Tough conversations

[13:43] – AANA bringing people together

[17:12] – Iron sharpens iron

[18:27] – Being willing to help out

[22:23] – Mentoring

[25:45] – Being there in good and bad times

[27:59] – Advice

[31:39] – Final thoughts

[35:07] – Jeremy’s final thoughts

“All of us don’t know how we’re seen sometimes and some of the best gifts we can get from the people that mentored us are the hard lessons. You can’t mentor someone and just be a cheerleader. You have to be able to help them grow.”





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Jeremy and Sharon were up in Hershey for the PANA Spring Symposium and hosted a live taping of the podcast with Brett Fadgen, MSN, CFRN, CRNA. If you haven’t heard Brett’s story, it’s a remarkable one about perseverance and never giving up in the face of life’s challenges. Join us to hear all about his journey and how he became the only one-armed nurse anesthetist.

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J. Cross CRNA
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