Ep 80: Leader From the Start – Lessons Learned From a State Presidency with Julie Linton, MSN, CRNA

The continued growth of the CRNA profession will rely on the young generation taking charge and leading the way, and that’s exactly what Julie Linton, MSN, CRNA, is doing as the president of the WVANA. Today we’ll talk to her about the drive to be in leadership positions, why it’s important for all CRNAs to be invested, and how she developed her cow-milking skills. 

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

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The future of the profession is in good hands if Julie Linton MSN, CRNA, is any indication.

The president of the West Virginia Association of Nurse Anesthetists took an active approach to her career dating back to her time as a student and the hard work has paid off. Even with the early success, she’s still focused on improving the profession for every CNRA.

That’s why we asked her to join us for an episode of Beyond the Mask. There’s a lot to discuss but the primary focus of the show is to get a better understanding of what needs to be done to get younger professionals involved. It’s a challenge local and national organizations face and she’s someone that can speak to the issue.

Beyond that though, we wanted to find out more about her background, her views of the industry, and her aspirations. She opens up quite a bit and speaks candidly about the disconnect between people in leadership roles and the rest of the CRNAs. People might disagree with some of the decisions being made but that’s why it’s important to be involved in the process.

Julie also tells the story of how she got inspired to get involved and get into leadership, and it’s a great one. As a junior student, she went to the Pennsylvania fall meetings and heard the AANA president speak. As someone that really enjoyed public speaking, Julie knew that she pursue this path. As it turns out, that president was Sharon and she had never known that.

There’s plenty more we cover during the show and we enjoyed the time with Julie. She’s been a leader from the start and we’re excited to see what her future holds.

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

[3:16] – Our guest today is Julie Linton

[3:48] – Background on her career and current roles.

[5:18] – She can teach you how to milk a cow

[6:37] – Why she feels it’s important to get involved.

[8:13] – Is there a disconnect between leadership and CRNAs

[11:42] – Money is the great equalizer.

[16:53] – What does Julie think about CRNAs that are non-members.

[18:10] – Even if you don’t want to be political, paying dues is essential. 

[19:38] – The story of how she get involved in leadership roles so early.

[23:30] – What’s it like serving on one of these leadership boards?

[26:10] – What can we do to get the younger professionals more involved?

[28:24] – What has your typical day looked like during your presidency?

[33:28] – Favorite thing she’s done in a leadership role.

[35:33] – Tell us something interesting about you. 

[39:25] – Sharon has one shameless request before we go.


“It really took putting myself out there, taking every opportunity I could, and also really taking the time to listen to other people and learn from the leaders around me. “

-Julie Linton, MSN, CRNA

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