The Importance of Creating an ICU RN/CRNA Shadow Program

 

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Imagine the impact a structured shadowing program can have on ICU nurses thinking about a future as a CRNA. That’s why today’s guest, Caroline Killmon, MS, CRNA has helped create a shadow program at her hospital in North Carolina and will share the experience so far. We’ll look at the positive ripple effects it can have on the nursing community, the success stories emerging from these shadowing experiences, and the impact a well-constructed shadowing opportunity could have on the future of healthcare.

After starting her position as a Chief CRNA at Atrium Wake Forest Baptist, things sort of aligned and the opportunity to explore a more formalized shadow program presented itself. Caroline wanted to give more people access to the profession and use it as a chance to highlight the talent for ICU nurses that want to become CRNAs. We’ll learn all about the idea and the execution in this episode.

 

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

  • Background on how the program originated and why she saw the need for it.
  • How to get everyone to buy in and how to spread the word.
  • Processes that she would recommend for shadow programs.
  • What do CRNAs stand to gain from doing all the work to run a shadow program?

 

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Being a CRNA in general is a leadership role, and the number one thing that we need to do in our environment is to support each other and extend love and kindness. And I think that this program has been incredible with those aspects being the focus.

-Caroline Killmon, MS, CRNA


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