Ep 49: Thanksgiving Day Special: Showing Gratitude for the AANA

Happy Thanksgiving! To celebrate this wonderful day of gratitude, we welcome on AANA CEO Randy Moore and AANA Senior Director of Federal Government Affairs Ralph Kohl to help us give thanks for an organization that does so much for the CRNA profession every year.

On This Episode:

We’re staying true to our Thursday schedule by releasing this special Thanksgiving Day episode for you with two very special guests. AANA CEO Randy Moore and AANA Senior Director of Federal Government Affairs Ralph Kohl have made some time on this holiday to help us give thanks to the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists, an organization that has made a huge impact on the lives of every CRNA.

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

1:37 – Thanksgiving morning!

2:00 – We’re thankful for our guests today, Randy Moore, CEO of the AANA, and Ralph Kohl, the Senior Director of Federal Government Affairs for the AANA.

Giving Thanks to the AANA

 The AANA works diligently to represent nearly 55,000 Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists every day so we wanted to give back to the organization by showing our appreciation. Since it’s Thanksgiving Day, it only makes sense to hear what Ralph and Randy are thankful for and why they feel blessed to be a part of the AANA.

And there’s no way any of us could have gotten as far in our careers as we have without the help of someone before us. Who were the mentors that made a different in their lives?

2:35 – This podcast will focus on giving thanks for the AANA.

3:12 – Ralph explains what he’s thankful for.

4:15 – What this organization means to Randy.

6:31 – What mentors – past or current – are you thankful for knowing? Randy first.

8:13 – Ralph on his mentors.

12:39 – What should every CRNA be thankful for?


What Does Success Look Like for the AANA?

After we talk about what the AANA means to us, let’s discuss where the organization goes from here. Randy and Ralph share their idea of success and it’s different from person to person. What’s not different is their gratitude for being a part of the AANA and they both share why they are excited about the organization and how they hope to be remembered from their careers with the AANA.

10:23 – What does success look like for the AANA from Randy’s perspective?

11:49 – Ralph’s idea of success.

14:49 – How would you explain your enthusiasm for the AANA?

18:43 – How do you want to be remembered if you move on, Ralph?

What About Jeremey and Sharon?

We can’t let our two hosts get out of here without telling us about why they’re thankful for the AANA.

20:55 – What about Sharon, what are you thankful for from the AANA?

22:00 – Jeremy shares what he’s thankful for.

Thanks for listening to another episode of Beyond the Mask Podcast. Join us on Facebook and let us know why you’re thankful this year.

“It’s been, and it still is, the most immense privilege to lead at the top of the organization as a CRNA leading other CRNAs in moving forward. For me, that’s been the opportunity of a lifetime.

-Randy Moore, CEO of the AANA





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