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Get Gritty With It: How CRNAs Can Reduce Burnout and Achieve Long-Term Goals

Burnout has always been an issue for nurses and CRNAs but the issue has risen ever since COVID and the added stress that’s put on the healthcare industry. What if there was a way to help individuals guard against it? Today we dissect the concept of grit with Michell Smith, CRNA and explore how passion and perseverance are not just buzzwords but critical tools for CRNAs striving to achieve their long-term goals.

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The Anesthesia Enigma: Decoding Sedation and Cognitive Aftermath

Today, we will closely examine a phenomenon that’s growing in frequency and importance and getting more and more attention in the anesthesia community: postoperative delirium.

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How to Own or Direct an Ambulatory Surgery Center as a CRNA

Today’s guest, Brett Maxfield, MS, CRNA, is here to show us the path to owning or directing an Ambulatory Surgery Center after doing it on his own over the past eight years. We’ll take you through a remarkable journey that begins with organ failure and then uncover the vast career opportunities for CRNAs, spotlighting the importance of adaptability and embracing the diversity of roles that await passionate individuals.

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Employing an Effective Mentoring Program to Recruit, Retain, & Increase Satisfaction for CRNAs

As CRNAs look for ways to attract and retain good people, mentorship programs might be the key to growing the profession. Together with co-host Tracy Castleman, DNP, CRNA, APN-A, FAANA, Abby Bisch, DNP, CRNA and Elvira Sayfutdinova, MSN, CRNA join the show to share what they’ve learned about building a successful mentorship program in St. Louis.

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The Remimazolam Revolution: Changing the Anesthetic Game

Today Garry and Terry will be focusing on the revolutionary benzodiazepine – remimazolam. In this episode, we unravel the intriguing tales from diverse case studies, exploring the unique applications and benefits of remimazolam in different surgical scenarios.

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How Our Heart Your Hands is Supporting Nurse Anesthetists in Africa

Today we want to share the story of two amazing and incredibly dedicated nurse anesthetists in Kenya who need financial support to earn a degree that will be transformational for them and their community. Learn all about the work Our Hearts Your Hands is doing across Africa and how you can be a part of this mission to raise $10,000 for two deserving nurses.

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Hematoma or Hemostasis: Anticoagulants’ Influence on Anesthetic Outcomes

Today we want to unravel the intricate relationship between anticoagulants and regional anesthesia. Join Garry and Terry as they navigate through the delicate balance of benefits and risks associated with these practices. We’ll dive into the world of anticoagulation reversal agents, discussing FDA-approved options such as Idarucizumab and Andexanet.

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Engaging the Late Career CRNA with Cindy Farina

Examples of ageism can be found in just about any profession but is this something that CRNAs should be concerned about? This episode, with the help of co-host Jackie Rowles, MBA, CRNA, ANP-BC, FAAN and guest Cindy Farina, DNP, CRNA explores how the cultural fixations on youth can not only undermine job satisfaction but can also nudge experienced CRNAs towards premature retirement. We also want to recognize the relevance of late-career CRNAs, their contributions to the nurse anesthesiology profession, and the potential challenges they face.

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Captain, We Have a Problem! Medical Emergencies at 30,000 Feet

Imagine being woken up in the middle of a transatlantic flight by a flight attendant asking for your assistance in a medical emergency. That’s the situation today’s guest, Dr. Erin Foley, found herself in recently. Find out how she navigated the tense situation and what she learned about these types of incidents that happen far more often than we hear about.

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Unmasking PTSD: A Candid Conversation with Jim Reed, a Special Operations CRNA

In this episode, we’re excited to welcome in LTC(ret) Jim Reed, DNP, MSNA, CRNA to shed some light on diversion and substance use disorder. They begin by discussing Jim’s current activities and then delve into his background, starting with his early life in the sunny southwest. Jim shares his journey from growing up in Arizona, joining the military, and becoming an enlisted man in the Army.

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The Future of Anesthesia Heading Into 2024

We’re closing out the year with what’s becoming an annual conversation on the podcast. Today we’ve invited back NorthStar Anesthesia CEO Adam Spiegel and Chief Anesthetist Officer Randy Moore, DNP, MBA, CRNA, to update the state of the profession and discuss what’s to come for CRNAs in the year ahead. From business strategy shifts to workforce development to Surprise Billing, we’ll cover some of the top issues impacting anesthesia and CRNAs heading into 2024.

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A CRNA’s Move to State Politics After Four Decades in Healthcare

Sometimes opportunities arise where you least expect them and that’s the situation Keith Denning, CRNA found himself in last year when he became a member of the Connecticut House of Representatives. Together with co-host Tracy Castleman, DNP, CRNA, APN-A, FAANA, we will learn all about his journey from the operating room to an important position in state politics. It might not have been his intention, but Keith is trying to take full advantage of his opportunity to make a positive impact.

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From Struggle to Strength: A CRNA’s Journey Through Diversion and Recovery

Today we’re looking forward to sharing a deep and insightful conversation with Anita Bertrand, a seasoned CRNA, about the challenging topic of nurse anesthesia diversion and recovery.

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Doctoral Project Review: Non-Cognitive Needs Assessment for Nurse Anesthesia Candidates

We’re excited to welcome DNP candidates Morgan Mahle, CRNA and Rachael Ellis, CRNA to present their doctoral project on the show, which proposes the implementation of MMI or other non-cognitive testing tools into the admissions process. Join us to learn more about what the MMI process accomplishes and why non-cognitive testing might be able to help differentiate candidates in a highly competitive pool.

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Lessons Learned from a CRNA Campaign for PA State Senate

We learned years ago that failing doesn’t mean you are a loser, it means you are a learner. Today’s guest unsuccessfully ran for office but that experience provided plenty of opportunities to learn and grow. Matt McCullough, CRNA shares those lessons learned during his campaign for the Pennsylvania State Senate in 2022 and why he has no regrets about pursuing change in his state.

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The Legacy of Florence McQuillen, the AANA’s First Executive Director

Our historical series continues today with a detailed look back on the life and career of Florence ‘Mack’ McQuillen, the first executive director of the AANA and someone who held the position for nearly a quarter century. We’re excited to have Nancy Bruton-Maree, CRNA, and Sandy Ouellette, CRNA to tell us about how she helped shape the association and why she was considered by some to be a ‘benevolent dictator.

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Nurturing Knowledge with Thanks

As we celebrate another Thanksgiving, we want to show our appreciation for an organization that does so much for CRNAs. Many people don’t know about the AANA Foundation’s purpose and why it’s important to individual CRNAs working in the OR, but they play a critical role in supporting and growing the profession. Today we’ll spend time with Executive Director Nat Carmichael and Treasurer Mike Anderson, DNP, CRNA to learn more about the best kept secret in our profession.

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Advocacy in Nurse Anesthesiology Training with Dr. Kristie Hoch

We pose the question to guests all the time about how to get more CRNAs involved on the advocacy side of the profession, but today’s guest is taking a hands-on approach to instilling that mindset at the educational level. Dr. Kristie Hoch has taken her passion for advocacy and applied it to the nurse anesthesiology program at the University of Arizona. Together with co-host Tracy Castleman, DNP, CRNA, APN-A, FAANA, we will hear all about her training process and why she thinks this leadership training will pay off in all aspects of their careers.

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Strengthening the Future of CRNAs Through Mentorship with Richard Wilson

How do we make the next generation of CRNAs better than the previous generation? This is the question that led today’s guest, Richard Wilson, DNAP, CRNA, to get involved in education and provide leadership training mentorship for the next group of CRNAs so they have the ability to take the profession to another level. Join us today as we talk about the importance of mentorship, how to be a successful mentor, and what benefits it provides our industry when we have stronger applicants.

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Dr. Jorge Valdés – The Trifecta of a School Nurse Dean

We’re excited to get the opportunity to sit down with someone who holds an incredibly unique position in our industry. Jorge Valdés, DNP, CRNA, APRN, FAANA, is the rare trifecta of a male nurse, minority and a CRNA in the dean’s chair at Florida International University. His rise from starting as a CRNA 21 years ago to becoming the head of a nursing school was not the path he anticipated, but Dr. Valdés has fully embraced the opportunity to impact nursing education

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