Influence in Anesthesia with Kevin Smith, CRNA

 

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Today we are going to discuss the uncertainties surrounding healthcare restructuring and why it’s critical for anesthesia to play an influential role moving forward. We’re excited to do that with guest host Angela Mund, DNP, CRNA, and Kevin Smith, MBA, CRNA, MSN, APRN of North American Partners in Anesthesia. We’ll have a roundtable discussion about where the anesthesia profession is headed and how CRNAs can create influence at local levels. 

About two years, Kevin and his wife made the move to Asheville in search of a better work-life balance and he currently serves as the Advanced Practice Anesthesia Director. As the market continues shifting, Kevin highlights the importance of anesthesia professionals integrating into their local associations. This could lead to a more robust influence on the ground level, thereby allowing CRNAs to better navigate an uncertain environment.

Here’s some of what we discuss in this episode:

  • Why he feels like there’s no real influencer in the healthcare industry.
  • The role that anesthesia plays in healthcare and what we have to do to take a seat at the table.
  • His fears about healthcare restructuring and where we’re headed.
  • Why it’s important for there to be positive messaging on the ground to offset the negative associated with many CRNAs leaving institutions.
  • What can we do to prepare graduates to work with companies like NAPA to create influence?
  • How social policy plays into current legislation.

 

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The next step is not that simple. We’re moving into a period of ORs are going to be driven by anesthesia availability for a little bit, which is a tough conversation to have. And what I’m seeing is that hospital administrators are somewhat willing to take that next step. But they’re still having a hard time having that conversation with the surgeons.

Kevin Smith, MBA, CRNA, MSN, APRN


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