Ep 64: Courage to Lead – Former AANA President Nancy Bruton-Maree, CRNA

We continue our ‘Courage to Lead’ series by bringing Nancy Bruton-Maree, CRNA, MS, into the studio to look back on her time as AANA President. Join us as we discuss the accomplishments, the lessons learned, and what message she wants to get across to the next generation of CRNAs.

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

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Many different people have played an important role in the development and evolution of the CRNA profession. While we’ll never be able to thank them all, we wanted to spotlight some of those key contributors during our ‘Courage to Lead’ series.

Our next installment features Nancy Bruton-Maree, CRNA, MS. Her career includes serving as the AANA president for 1996-97 along with nearly three decades as an educator. As you can imagine, she’s been involved in many different aspects of the profession and has championed a number of changes.

We asked her to come into the studio to join us on this episode of Beyond the Mask to spotlight her time with the AANA. She shared the accomplishments she was most proud of, the role of HFCA and CRNA supervision at the state level, the strength of her board, and the progression of education for CRNAs.

We even made time to bring up the first CRNA boat cruise, which started during Nancy’s time as president.

And we always like to end with a message from these wonderful CRNAs to the future generations so that this wisdom can be passed down. The message today is one that we can all take and apply to our lives.

There’s a lot to discuss and plenty to learn from such a great leader. Check it out at the top of the page and use the timestamps to help you navigate through the many topics we discussed.

[2:12] – Nancy Bruton-Maree joins us in studio today.

[2:28] – Summarize some of the things that happened during your AANA presidency.

[4:26] – The office based guidelines began during her time on the board. She explains how it came to be.

[6:50] – Mentoring program for doctorate-level students was a new concept 25 years ago.

[9:56] – This progression of education has taken place over a short period of time. Why is that?  

[11:34] – Nancy remembers the new program director’s orientation workshop that was in place.

[13:31] – The AANA was an early adopter of the dedication of the Women in Military Service Memorial.

[14:47] – Were there a lot more women than men in the 80s and 90s?

[16:00] – The first CRNA boat cruise was held during her year.

[16:45] – HCFA and the deferral to states on supervision of CRNA Medicare cases.

[21:30] – Nancy talks about the strong board that she had.

[23:45] – Board meetings were very organized and efficient.

[25:16] – Here are some of the lessons Nancy learned as president.

[28:16] – What would you tell the new generation of CRNAs about the profession?

[31:42] – If she couldn’t be a CRNA, Nancy would be a veterinarian.

 


“When we moved our programs to the master’s degree, one of the reasons for doing that was feeling that it would give us stronger recognition and credibility when we spoke before the committees in Washington and when we lobbied in Washington.”

-Nancy Bruton-Maree, CRNA, MS

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