On This Episode:
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.
The conversation progresses to Jim’s academic and clinical experiences, including his time at the University of Arizona and decision to pursue a career in nurse anesthesia. They explore his achievements, such as receiving the Agatha Hodgins and Ruth P. Satterfield Awards during his anesthesia training. Jim reflects on his military service, leadership roles, and experiences as a Special Operations CRNA, highlighting the challenges and rewards of caring for wounded soldiers.
As the discussion continues, the hosts inquire about Jim’s transition from military to civilian life, his decision to retire, and subsequent educational and professional endeavors. Jim opens up about his struggles with chronic pain, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and the support (or lack thereof) he received during his transition. The hosts commend Jim for his advocacy work on behalf of injured veterans, discussing his media appearances and volunteer efforts.
Towards the end, they address the broader issues of veteran suicide, PTSD, and the need for increased support for military and civilian CRNAs. Jim shares insights into what more can be done to aid those facing crisis and provides resources for listeners. The hosts express gratitude for Jim’s participation, the listeners’ engagement, and encourage sharing the podcast for wider reach. They conclude with a heartfelt thanks, emphasizing their commitment to advancing knowledge in the field of nurse anesthesia.
Here’s some of what we discuss in this episode:
- The decision to pursue anesthesia school.
- Immersion and stress in military medicine.
- His experiences as a special operations CRNA.
- The transition from military to civilian life.
- The AANA’s role in supporting healthcare providers.
- Supporting veterans and confronting destructive behaviors.
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I think that type of stress, in particular in the military programs, paid dividends down the road for me in a combat environment because I was immune to a lot of the things that were going on external to me in the chaos.
-LTC(ret) Jim Reed, DNP, MSNA, CRNA