Ep #38: Courage to Lead: A Conversation with Former AANA President Terry Wicks

Our first installment of the presidential leadership series begins with a conversation with former AANA president Terry Wicks. His decorated career includes this year leading the organization in 2006-07, and we’ll go back with him to discuss the highlights, the challenges, and what he still remembers about the experience. You’ll enjoy some great stories along the way.

On This Episode:

Today we launch the first episode in a new series we’ll feature from time to time on the Beyond the Mask podcast. The new Presidential Leadership Series will feature a past president in the industry and a conversation about what they accomplished, challenges they faced, memories they made, and more.

This field has grown on the shoulders of those that came before us and we want to spotlight the individuals that played an important role. Even when you’re plugged into the world of CRNAs, the memories from past years begin to fade and our goal is to relive and remember our great history.

On this episode, we begin the series with a conversation with Terry Wicks, who was president of the AANA from 2006-07. He currently serves as an Assistant Clinical Professor at UNC-Greensboro as well as the Vice President of the National Board of Certification & Recertification for Nurse Anesthetists.

Terry’s experience takes him all over the country and that year as AANA president is one that he remembers well. We’ll ask him about the progress made during that year along with some of the difficulties they faced. He’ll also offer up some advice for future presidents and future CRNAs, and we’ll all share some great stories along the way.

As you can see in the show rundown below, we cover a wide range of topics on this episode of Beyond the Mask.

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

1:53 – Welcoming Terry Wicks to the show.

2:19 – Introducing the Presidential Leadership Series we’ll be doing.

3:26 – Sharon has a story about Terry she wants to share first.

5:02 – Terry talks about the new endeavor he’s taking on at UNC-Greensboro.  

6:14 – Highlights from his year as president of the AANA from 2006-07

8:52 – There were some challenges as well.   

10:28 – We want to do this series to teach people about the history of the industry and those that have impacted CRNAs.  

11:45 – The accessibility of leaders has been so rewarding.

13:17 – What Terry enjoyed best about being the AANA president.  

14:40 – What the travel is really like for an AANA president.  

16:32 – Another unforgettable story that Terry will always remember.  

18:14 – What advice would you give an incoming AANA president?

20:20 – What ways did your experiences shape your participation in the AANA after you left office?

22:30 – Helping people deal with substance abuse has become a passion.  

23:46 – What advice would you share with new CRNAs?

25:09 – Is there another profession you’d like to be a part of if you had your choice?

26:50 – Some parting words from Terry.  


“I never lose sight of the fact that we have to take care of the CRNAs that are an independent practice, in rural areas, in critical access hospitals, because they’re really setting the bar of practice for everyone in the profession.”

Terry Wicks, former AANA president

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