Ep 244: Military CRNAs – Lessons Learned & Lives Well Lived

 

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

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The military isn’t a career path for everyone but those that choose that life get an experience and training that can’t be found anywhere else. Today we spend some time with one of those wonderful people to learn more about life in the military as a CRNA and the lessons that were learned along the way.

Janet Setnor, MSN, CRNA is a retired Colonel with the US Air Force Reserve Nurse Corps and someone we talked to last year about how she helped bring full practice authority to that branch of the military. Today she joins us to tell us more about her time in the military, how it helped prepare her for civilian life, and what she thinks will happen with the VA issue still being debated.

This past year she served as the vice president of the AANA, and Jan credits a lot of the skills she learned and developed in the military for preparing her for the civilian world. She’ll tell us more about how that training differs and why it’s beneficial for CRNAs to gain that experience within the military. After years of service, Jan will share more of these lessons and talk about a life well-lived.

Here are some of the things you’ll learn on this show:

  • What made her decide to serve? [6:45]
  • The advantages and disadvantages to being in the military. [9:00]
  • Why she made the switch from flight nurse to CRNA. [13:57]
  • Jan’s insight on the VA issue and what she’s seen. [18:31]
  • What are the differences in CRNA training in the military vs civilian world. [27:43]
  • Jan details what it was like going to war. [30:00]
  • Is there a threat to independent practice for the military? [40:40]

Check out the interview at the top of the page and use the timestamps to help you navigate through the many topics we discussed.

You can also check out Jan Setnor’s previous appearance on the podcast here. 

When we came to the Pentagon, I met a person who was a flight nurse in the Air Force and went to visit the unit and fell in love with it, and became an aeromedical evacuation nurse transporting patients all over the world.

-Jan Setnor, MSN, CRNA

 

 

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