Ep 91: Courage to Lead – 2018-19 AANA President Bruce Weiner, DNP, MSNA, CRNA

Our leadership series continues with this conversation with the 2018-19 AANA president, Bruce Weiner, DNP, MSNA, CRNA. He looks back on the year that just wrapped up and shares his perspective on the challenges facing the board, why leadership development was prioritized, and how the battle for reimbursement continued on. 

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

On This Episode:

The latest guest on our presidential leadership series is our most recent yet. We’re excited to welcome Bruce Weiner, DNP, MSNA, CRNA, to the show to look back on his year as president of the AANA.

Many of you might already be familiar with Dr. Weiner because his term just ended in 2019. He served as president for 2018-19 and spent a lot of time focusing on the membership and the future of the organization. Fresh off his time in office, we asked him to join us on Beyond the Mask to share his experience and provide us with insight on where the organization devoted its time.

The first place you can start is membership. Dr. Weiner knew going into his position that there was a division within the membership. The biggest attrition he was seeing was the professional between zero and five years out of college. The new generation approach things differently and he knew that first-hand as a parent. That’s why the association tried communicating across multiple different platforms and mediums.

He also wanted to make sure the AANA was doing a better job capturing the audience they needed for leadership development. That led to the creation of the ‘Show on the Road’, which has traveled to five cities in a year and a half and seen very positive results.

And then there’s the discussion of reimbursement, which you’ve probably heard is a common theme on this show. He’ll update us on how that is going and the challenges we still face.

Here are some of the other topics we will cover on the show:

  • Developing new leaders in the profession.
  • Creating a task force to target membership engagement. 
  • Reimbursement challenges
  • What he would have done differently.
  • Sacrifices presidents make to take this role.

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

2:46 – Dr. Bruce Weiner joins us today. Some background on our guest.

5:05 – His experience with the AANA

5:52 – Highlights from his year as president.

10:23 – What millennials want.

14:38 – Leadership development

17:18 – The AANA is member driven

20:45 – Who influenced your leadership style?

24:15 – Dealing with reimbursement issues.

30:03 – What does it mean for each CRNA?

33:09 – Bruce shares a story about what he faced when he first began in the profession.

35:04 – What would you have done differently during your year?

38:48 – The sacrifices that have to be made.


“It was a great honor to serve this association and I have been engaged in leadership or committee type activities with our association since getting out of school.”

-Bruce Weiner, DNP, MSNA, CRNA

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