Overcoming Physical Limitations: Brett Fadgen’s Road to Anesthesia

 

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

On This Episode:

Jeremy and Sharon were up in Hershey for the PANA Spring Symposium and hosted a live taping of the podcast with Brett Fadgen, MSN, CFRN, CRNA. If you haven’t heard Brett’s story, it’s a remarkable one about perseverance and never giving up in the face of life’s challenges. Join us to hear all about his journey and how he became the only one-armed nurse anesthetist.  

Fadgen was born with a congenital defect, which led to him being fitted for a prosthetic arm at a very young age. As you can imagine, that led to numerous challenges throughout life, especially in a profession that requires precision with your hands. Today’s episode is an inspiration one and we’re glad to have shared it with everyone in Pennsylvania.

Here are some of the things you’ll learn on this show:

  • Brett’s childhood and growing up with a congenital defect. [3:21]
  • The journey from being a paramedic to RN to anesthesia school.  [9:05]
  • The challenges he faced in anesthesia school. [13:47]
  • The contact he has with other people with limitations that are interested in anesthesia. [23:55]
  • What questions do patients ask? [26:15]
  • The final message Brett has for people. [32:00]

 

 

Every day, there’s always a challenge or there’s always an interaction. But with those interactions, either get out of bed or you don’t, and you have to persevere through it.

Brett Fadgen, MSN, CFRN, CRNA

 

 

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