Beyond The Mask: Innovation & Opportunities For CRNAs

By Jeremy Stanley

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A podcast for the CRNA industry. Discussing the important issues that happen both in, and beyond, the operating room. With Sharon Pearce MSN, CRNA and Jeremy Stanley CFP, AIF.

Episode Date
Ep #42: The Role of Nurse Practitioners in Healthcare

Nurse practitioners play such an important role in healthcare so let’s learn more about the profession. The CEO and president of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners join us on this episode to share their accomplishments, challenges, and goals to improve the industry and empower their nurses. Did you know the CEO of the Nurse Practitioners used to work for the AANA? Come join us for a great conversation. 

Here's what we have on this episode: 

1:46 – Welcome in our guests Sophia Thomas and David Hebert

3:06 – What is a nurse practitioner?

4:44 – Tell us more about your organization, AANP

5:47 – Sophia explains how the AANP is structured.

6:44 – David talks about his role at AANP and a little about the role of nurse practitioners.

8:41 – Why lobbying is so important in this line of work.

9:27 – The AANP has really increased their PR and media efforts in recent years.

11:31 – What are the challenges facing nurse practitioners today?

12:29 – David explains why nurse practitioners should be able to work independently.

14:23 – 28 states still require some sort of collaborations and that makes it difficult on NPs.

17:15 – It’s important for everyone in the profession to understand the issues and then get involved politically.

20:02 – Sharon talks about her goals to get nurses involved in the formulation side of the profession.

22:57 – We want to empower nurses to do more than just work and go home.  

23:46 – Quality and cost of healthcare is important to consumers, but so is convenience. These are things that nurse practitioners can provide.   

27:01 – A unified voice in the profession is very important and that’s the goal of the AANP.

28:26 – How does your credentialing work?

30:40 – What is David most proud of in his role at the AANP?

31:51 – David shares his history with AANA and what he remembers about that role.

34:18 – Some final thoughts from Sophia on the history of the profession.  

To get the full show notes and additional resources from Beyond the Mask, click here:

Oct 10, 2019
Ep #41: The Importance of Getting Involved with Joe Rodriguez, CRNA

We always talk about the importance of community within the CRNA profession so let’s take it a step further by discussing how and why you should get involved. There are varying levels of involvement, as we’ll get into, but Joe Rodriguez will help us understand what your participation means to the industry.


***CE CREDIT ALERT: Did you know you can get continuing education credit from the AANA for listening to this episode? Go to to get the details and get your credit today! And see a list of other episodes that qualify for CE credit here:


Show Notes


Today's rundown:

2:20 – Introducing our guest today, Joe Rodriguez.

3:08 – His topic today is ‘getting involved.’ Here’s why it’s important.

4:07 – Participating in community at work versus neighborhood is a little different for Joe.

5:09 – Have you always been like this or did you develop this interest in getting involved?  

7:25 – Should everyone be as engaged as Joe? What’s the happy medium?

9:18 – How many CRNAs total compared to AANA members?

11:16 – What is the average CRNA career worth?

12:17 – Do you remember MI 68? Their story shows why it’s important to be engaged.

13:00 – Sometimes people just need to be asked.

14:23 – Why Joe is so passionate about all these regulatory issues.

15:37 – How do you overcome an opponent that’s better funded?

19:12 – Highlighting the progress that Joe has seen through the years.

21:27 – How do you balance your time to get so much accomplished?

23:43 – If he wasn’t a CRNA, Joe would be a lawyer.                           

26:30 – What advice would you give people to get them involved? And specifically for people at different stages of their career – early, middle, late.

Oct 03, 2019
Ep #40: Strategies for Handling Media Interviews with Communications Expert Chris Bettin

As CRNAs, we don’t have a lot of experience dealing with the media or being in front of the camera. We’re used to working behind closed doors and out of the spotlight. But there are times whem we’re called upon to be a spokesperson for a place or an event. That’s why we brought on a public relations specialist to give us tips and techniques that make us feel like the experts we are.

Today's rundown: 

1:38 – Chris Bettin is our guest today.  

2:21 – Some background on Chris

2:48 – Chris about to head off on a new endeavor in PR.

3:27 – Why we’re talking about spokesperson training today.    

4:23 – How do you deal with the media and why it’s so important for CRNAs.

5:07 – Every CRNA is a candidate to be interviewed.

6:05 – Scenarios where CRNAs might be called on to be interviewed.

7:21 – What you need to understand about reporters.

8:18 – The biggest fears we have in an interview.

10:15 – Things that Sharon has learned from Chris.

11:35 – The message you’re trying to deliver is critical so don’t wing it.

13:47 – Have a built-in answer ready to give you time to gather yourself.

15:47 – Three techniques for navigating an interview: flagging, hooking and bridging.

20:47 – How can you control your nerves in front of the media?          

21:39 – Do’s and Don’ts of spokesperson training.              

23:20 – Any other techniques you want to share with us?

24:28 – More on Chris’ new company, Crossdot Communications.

Get the show notes and additional resources here:

Sep 26, 2019
Ep #39: Understanding Legal Implications of Anesthesia with Lynn Macksey

Lynn Macksey, CRNA, has been an expert witness on more than 50 cases and she’s bringing that knowledge to the show to help us understand the legal side to the profession. She’ll share what she’s learned through the years that will help you protect yourself and keep your name out of a case.  

Today's rundown: 

1:47 – Lynn Macksey is here with us today to talk medical legal implications in anesthesia.

2:18 – Some background on Lynn.

2:32 – How she decided to make the transition into anesthesia after 20+ years in ICU.

4:43 – Why this topic today is so important.   

5:29 – Keeping yourself from being named in a case is so important.

5:59 – What are closed claims?

8:14 – Lawsuits now include everyone that has control.

10:08 – What are the reasons for surgical or anesthesia related lawsuits?  

13:07 – The four elements of a medical malpractice case that must be present for negligence.

14:54 – What specific cases have you been involved in that might have changed your practice?

18:13 – A story about a former Saturday Night Live cast member.  

21:02 – We learn so much from our mistakes.

23:37 – What range of money is involved in these types of cases?

25:48 – Final thoughts from Lynn on this topic.

Get the full show notes and additional resources by clicking here. 

Sep 19, 2019
Ep #38: Courage to Lead: A Conversation with Former AANA President Terry Wicks

Our first installment of the presidential leadership series begins with a conversation with former AANA president Terry Wicks. His decorated career includes this year leading the organization in 2006-07, and we’ll go back with him to discuss the highlights, the challenges, and what he still remembers about the experience. You’ll enjoy some great stories along the way.

The rundown for today's episode: 

1:53 – Welcoming Terry Wicks to the show.

2:19 – Introducing the Presidential Leadership Series we’ll be doing.

3:26 – Sharon has a story about Terry she wants to share first.

5:02 – Terry talks about the new endeavor he’s taking on at UNC-Greensboro.  

6:14 – Highlights from his year as president of the AANA from 2006-07

8:52 – There were some challenges as well.   

10:28 – We want to do this series to teach people about the history of the industry and those that have impacted CRNAs.  

11:45 – The accessibility of leaders has been so rewarding.

13:17 – What Terry enjoyed best about being the AANA president.  

14:40 – What the travel is really like for an AANA president.  

16:32 – Another unforgettable story that Terry will always remember.  

18:14 – What advice would you give an incoming AANA president?

20:20 – What ways did your experiences shape your participation in the AANA after you left office?

22:30 – Helping people deal with substance abuse has become a passion.  

23:46 – What advice would you share with new CRNAs?

25:09 – Is there another profession you’d like to be a part of if you had your choice?

26:50 – Some parting words from Terry.  

Get the full show notes and additional resources by clicking here. 

Sep 12, 2019
Ep #37: Spotlighting the IFNA – A Global Anesthesia Community

The International Federation of Nurse Anesthetists is celebrating 30 years as an organization in 2019 and we had the chance to spend some time with four current board members and one past president. During this episode, we had the chance to talk about the IFNA’s history, its mission, where it hopes to go in the future, and much more.

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Today's rundown: 

1:54 – Introducing today’s topic on the International Federation of Nurse Anesthetists         

2:09 – Welcome in our IFNA guests to the show.

2:28 – Some history on IFNA and how it formed from Sandy Oullette

5:15 – President Jackie Rowles introduces today’s panel: 1st VP Ingrid Andersson, Treasurer Zorica Kardos, and Executive Committee member Gye Seon Jeong

5:58 – Andersson shares the value of IFNA to her Swedish national organization.  

7:16 – Similar practices between US and Sweden.

9:15 – Gye Seon Jeong on her experience with IFNA in Korea 

14:10 – How many nurse anesthetists in Korea?

15:40 – Zorica Kardis from Slovenia joins the show to share her experiences.

16:40 – The challenges of being the treasurer of an international organization.

18:43 – The number of CRNAs in Slovenia and how their practice compares to the US.

20:05 – How the IFNA supports the growth within individual countries.  

21:15 – 107 countries reported nurses provide nurse anesthesia and we have 43 country members.

21:48 – What IFNA is doing to grow and expand the organization.  

22:55 – What are the greatest accomplishments of the IFNA?

26:33 – Where is the focus for the IFNA in the future?

28:49 – Each guests shares their best memory of IFNA

43:54 – Sandy Oullette shares a funny story.

46:27 – Jacky shares some closing comments on IFNA.

Sep 05, 2019
Ep #36: First Impressions – How to Prepare for Your Interview with Laura Ardizzone, CRNA

Whether you’re looking for that first CRNA job or you're a veteran in the industry, the interview process can be stressful. It’s easy to question yourself and your preparation. That’s why we wanted to bring on a guest from one of the country’s top medical centers to give you an inside look at the interview process and share tips to help you land your next job.

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Show Notes:

2:17 – Introducing our guest Laura Ardizzone

5:46 – What we’re talking about today: CRNA job interviews

7:10 – What are some of the skills and strategies of the interviewer?

9:16 – Be confident that your future employer has seen your social media posts.

10:00 – Some companies/hospitals utilize software to cull social media feeds.

11:28 – Social media works both ways and employers are often reviewed by candidates.

12:52 – CRNAs are in high demand right now. 

13:46 – Resources that can help you prepare for an interview.

15:00 – What types of questions are off-limits?

15:50 – Jeremy shares a funny interview story.

17:02 – A surprising thing that candidates have told Laura.

18:58 – How long does a typical interview last?

19:42 – A question that Laura commonly likes to ask to gauge the interview direction.

20:32 – Should CRNA’s ask about time off during an interview?

21:45 – How should you dress for an interview?

22:36 – How and when should a candidate follow up after an interview?

24:30 – What if you haven’t heard back for a while?

25:40 – Have you ever hired someone that turned out to be completely different than expected?

26:25 – Final words of wisdom from Laura.

Aug 29, 2019
Ep #35: The Relevance of Nurse Anesthesia in Evolution of the Profession

There’s some concern in educational circles that the history of nurse anesthesia has lost importance during the evolution of the profession. We want to dive into that topic today and explore the history, accomplishments, and milestones with two experts on the subject. Sandra Ouellette and Evan Koch will provide historical insight and some wonderful information on this episode.

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Today's rundown: 

1:38 – Introducing Sandra Ouellette, one of our guests today.

3:50 – A little background on Ouellette’s career and recent honor.

5:16 – Introducing our second guest Evan Koch and his background.

6:16 – Our main topic today: relevance of nurse anesthesia history in evolution of profession.

6:46 – What are some of the common themes found throughout history?

9:05 – Surgeons can be a CRNA’s greatest asset.

9:26 – Surgeon Evarts Graham’s impact on the history of the industry.

11:18 – Humbug in anesthesia at the outset of discovery.

12:47 – Ouellette on some of the history that’s been edited through the years.

14:01 – Where you can find a lot of great information on anesthesia history.

14:47 – The role that educators have played in our history.

15:54 – Helen Lamb’s impact.

17:00 – Educators have faced various threats and obstacles through the years.

19:30 – Contributions that CRNA’s have made on anesthesia.

22:19 – Has the discussion of professional identity been around for a while? The debate surrounding the title Nurse Anesthesiologist.

28:23 – It’s important to know and understand the history of nurse anesthesia.

30:51 – What’s the difference between DNPs vs PhD?

34:38 – When did history get taken out of the nurse anesthesia curriculum?

39:17 – History of the CRNA journal and other achievements.

42:13 – Closing thoughts from both guests.

Aug 22, 2019
Ep #34: To Block or Not to Block: The Story Behind the Block Buddy App

Peripheral nerve blocks are a growing type of regional anesthesia and there’s an app out there that serves as a reference guide for CRNAs. We brought on Block Buddy co-founders Scott Urigel and Jeff Molter to find out how the idea was developed and how it’s benefiting the industry.

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Today's rundown: 

1:38 – To Block or Not to Block: That is the question

2:00 – Introducing our guests: Scott Urigel and Jeff Molter.

2:26 – Who are our guests today?

4:05 – How difficult was it to develop the Block Buddy app?

6:39 – How long did the process take?

8:57 – The app has evolved quite a bit since it was first published.

9:37 – How are CRNAs utilizing blocks now?

10:30 – What we’ve been seeing from large anesthesia companies in Ohio.

12:12 – There’s always a learning curve and peripheral nerve blocks are no different.

13:53 – When we first started doing it, we thought it was the worst idea.

15:18 – Some locations nationwide have limitations on blocks in our practice.

17:03 – Block Buddy is hosting its own conferences and programs now.

20:30 – Is there a financial opportunity for CRNAs?

22:08 – How can a CRNA that learns this skill go out and benefit from it?

24:38 – Congratulating Scott for a great award he just won.

25:17 – Jeff won Ohio CRNA of the Year.

Aug 15, 2019
Ep #33: Understanding Malpractice Insurance Options with the AANA’s John Fetcho

Protecting yourself should be a priority for every CRNA and often times it’s easy to think that you’re already covered. But there are many options to consider with malpractice insurance, from the policy type to the company that you purchase the policy through. John Fetcho, Director of AANA Insurance Services, joins us to these differences and clear up any misconceptions we might have.

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Take a look at the rundown for this episode:

1:40 – Welcome John Fetcho – Director of AANA Insurance Services

2:47 – Why is this topic of malpractice insurance so important?

4:50 – You want to understand who is insuring you and what coverage you have.

7:16 – Occurrence coverage vs claims made

10:45 – The two types of insurance companies: Admitted and Non-Admitted

14:30 – When CRNA is involved in a claim, 100% of the time there are legal expenses.

15:28 – How can you find ratings for insurance companies?

17:51 – Insurance policies aren’t created equally. There are significant differences.

20:39 – Are moonlighting policies still available?

21:42 – A real-life story about a how a supplemental policy could have made a huge difference.

24:26 – How the policy premiums different state to state.

30:00 – AANA is there as a resource for members.

31:11 – AANA premiums for CRNAs have gone down 33% since they began.

Aug 08, 2019
Ep #32: Tom Baribeault - Opioid Free Anesthesia

This week, we have the pleasure of speaking with Tom Baribeault, Chief CRNA at Lexington Surgery Center and Founder of the Society for Opioid Free Anesthesia (SOFA). He discusses his personal experiences with eliminating opioids in his own practice, and the challenges of breaking away from standard anesthesia practices. Tune in to find out what kind of opoid replacements are being used, as well as how you can begin to implement non-opioid strategies with your patients.

Aug 01, 2019
Ep #31: Understanding Taxes For CRNAs Under The New Tax Law

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which went into effect at the beginning of this year, created a lot of changes that will heavily affect the taxes that CRNAs pay over the next several years. Jeremy will walk you step-by-step through some new options that you should consider taking advantage of, as well as some hazards that could trip you up if you're not in the know.

Jul 25, 2019
Ep #30: Historical Series: Helen Lamb, Mother Of Nurse Anesthesia Education

We turn the spotlight now to Helen Lamb, who spearheaded the efforts to standardize education across nurse anesthesia programs nationwide. Her vision for the future of nurse anesthesia education led to certification and accreditation and resulted in the very first standard curriculum for CRNAs.

Jul 18, 2019
Ep #29: Historical Series: Alice Magaw, Mother Of Anesthesia

This week, we'll continue our Historical Series with a look into the life and career of Alice Magaw. With a keen attention to detail and an unprecedented record of safety, she gained recognition around the world as a leader, teacher, published author and innovator in her field, and ultimately became known as the mother of anesthesia.

Jul 11, 2019
Ep #28: Bullying in Social Media - Fear of Engagement

Caroline Killmon and Ashley Fedan are back, and this time they're teaming up to discuss the CRNA and SRNA presence on social media, and the bullying that has begun to pervade various platforms. We'll explore important issues such as the expectations of students versus practicing CRNAs, the disconnect between people's actions inside and outside of social media, and the importance of knowing your audience. We'll talk about why many of these elements have led to a fear of engagement, and what we can do to take back social media and make it a positive environment moving forward.

Jul 03, 2019
Ep #27: CRNA State Advocacy, Leadership, & Professionalism

So, you want to get involved in CRNA advocacy, but you don't know how.  Or, you want to be involved, but you don't want to be the actual person doing the advocating.  That's okay! Kimberly Gordon, faculty member at Wake Forest School of Medicine, is here to share her insights into CRNA state advocacy.  We'll talk about how to build positive relationships with legislators, the importance of partnering with other associations, and the advantages of forming an independent expenditure.  But most importantly, we'll talk about how you can get involved and how you can get others to join in.

Jun 27, 2019
Ep #26: Student Leadership in Nurse Anesthesia

Caroline Killmon, student at Wake Forest and student representative to the AANA Education Committee, joins us to talk about some of the barriers to student leadership within the nurse anesthesia community. We'll unpack issues such as bullying within the nursing profession, generational differences, millennial stereotypes, work-life balance and much more.

Jun 20, 2019
Ep #25: Unintended Consequences Relative To Nurse Anesthesia Education & The Nurse Anesthesiologist Descriptor

We've talked in a past episode about the doors that could very well be opened by a switch to the Nurse Anesthesiologist descriptor. However, what kind of unintended consequences might we face as a result? This week, we'll shift perspectives and speak with four nurse anesthesia educators about how they believe this change would affect not only their own particular educational programs, but CRNA students as a whole.

Jun 13, 2019
Ep #24: International Federation of Nurse Anesthetists (IFNA) 30th Anniversary

June 10, 2019 is the 30th anniversary of IFNA, and to celebrate, we're talking to Sandra Ouellette, who was one of the founders of the organization as well as a past president of IFNA. She'll give us a brief history of the organization from the earliest discussions to present day. We'll also hear from Jackie Rowles, current president of IFNA, about how the federation has made enormous strides over the last several years to connect with other international organizations, and to help create solutions for global access to care.

Jun 06, 2019
Ep #23: The Wealthy CRNA

It's unfortunate but true, that as much time as CRNAs spend in school, there's little to no education offered on personal finance. So this week, Jeremy is bringing us a crash course. We'll get some simple tips on dealing with topics like budgets, debt, and insurance, and we'll learn what it takes to build a strong financial foundation and become a truly wealthy CRNA.

May 23, 2019
Ep #22: Mike McKinnon - Risks of Anesthesiologist Assistants

We finally got a chance to talk to Mike McKinnon, past president of the Arizona ANA, and he has a wealth of information to share about Anesthesiologist Assistants in the current healthcare environment. What kind of role do AAs play in overall healthcare costs, access to care, and the greater objectives of the ASA? What kinds of risks do they pose to CRNAs? We'll dive into these pressing issues, as well as some possible solutions moving forward.

May 16, 2019
Ep #21: The Oklahoma Legislative Fight That Every CRNA Needs To Hear!

This week, we speak with special guest Jenny Schmitt, President of the Oklahoma ANA, about the troubling state of the Oklahoma healthcare system. Amidst this struggle, the Oklahoma State Medical Association has launched a ruthless million-dollar anti-CRNA campaign aimed at frightening patients about receiving care from CRNAs. Jenny discusses how local CRNAs have fought to be heard, and why she believes CRNAs are the key to turning the tides in the future of Oklahoma healthcare.

May 09, 2019
Ep #20: "What If" Series: What If The AANA Didn't Exist?

Current AANA CEO Randall Moore, DNP, MBA, CRNA joins us live at the Mid-Year Assembly to discuss some thought-provoking hypotheticals. Who would advocate for CRNAs if the AANA didn't exist? How would the profession be different today without the organization? Find out on our first episode of the "What If" Series.

May 02, 2019
Ep #19: Ralph Kohl - On The Hill Advocating For Your Profession

We're joined this week by Senior Director of Federal Government Affairs for the AANA, Ralph Kohl. Ralph has his finger on the pulse of all the current Congressional topics relevant to CRNAs, and he works each day to advocate for our goals as an organization.  He'll share with us why it's essential for CRNAs to get involved in advocating both locally and nationally, as well as some simple ways you can take part. If you're not familiar with the AANA Mid-Year Assembly, or if you're not quite sure of the importance of your state and federal PACs, this is the episode for you.

Apr 18, 2019
Ep #18: A Moment With The 2019 AANA Election Candidates

At the mid-year assembly we took the opportunity to extend an offer to all the candidates running for office in the upcoming AANA elections to join us for a few minutes on this podcast. Not all candidates took us up on the offer, but all were invited. On this episode, you'll get to hear the candidates that did participate outline their platforms and vision for the future of the AANA.


 The candidates appear at the below times.


1:29 - President Elect Candidate - Bob Gauvin


5:18 - VP Candidate - Heather Rankin

- Heather's Facebook Page


7:00 - VP Candidate - Henry Talley


9:50 - Treasurer - Maribeth Massie


13:25 - Region 5 - Julia Harris

- Julia's Facebook Page


16:05 - Region 5 - Kristie Hoch

- Kristie's Facebook Page and Twitter


18:13 - Region 4 - Mike Anderson

- Mike's Facebook Page and Twitter


Apr 18, 2019
Ep #17: CRNA Retirement Ready Series Part 2 - Preparing For Life After Anesthesia

This week, we'll continue the topic of how CRNAs can plan for a successful retirement. We'll talk about when you should take social security, how much money is safe to withdraw from your savings, and how taxes will affect you. We'll even take a look into a lesser-known way that high income earners like CRNAs can contribute to Roth IRA accounts and lower their tax burden in retirement.

Apr 11, 2019
Ep #16: CRNA Retirement Ready Series Part 1 - Preparing For Life After Anesthesia

If you're like many CRNAs, retirement is not too far off in the distance. And the first step in preparing for retirement is knowing what to expect. How can you maintain your current lifestyle when you walk away from a regular paycheck? What kind of expenses will you encounter? Jeremy will help get your wheels turning on this first part of the CRNA Retirement Ready series.

Apr 04, 2019
Ep #15: The Nurse Anesthesiologist Descriptor Debate

Special guests Carole Doyscher and Joe Rodriguez join us for a spirited debate discussing how the CRNA title may or may not have become a limitation to growth and understanding of the profession as a whole. However, what should CRNAs be called instead? What are the potential repercussions of this kind of change? The answer is not so simple.

Mar 21, 2019
Ep #14: CRNA Historical Series Part 4 - The Life Of Agatha Hodgins

We continue our historical series with a journey back into the very first years of nurse anesthesia where Agatha Hodgins began her career. Following a quite unexpected series of events, Agatha would ultimately become the foremost anesthesia expert and educator of her time, as well as the founder of the AANA.

Mar 14, 2019
Ep #13: CRNA Historical Series Part 3 - The National Commission On Nurse Anesthesia Education

Former AANA presidents Richard and Sandra Ouellette pay us a visit to share the story of how the National Commission On Nurse Anesthesia Education was brought about in a time of turmoil to rebuild CRNA educational programs from the bottom up.

Mar 07, 2019
Ep #12: National CRNA Week

Chris Bettin and Dan Lovinaria, two of the creative minds behind National CRNA Week, make a special appearance. Tune in to find out why more and more CRNAs and SRNAs are getting involved in promoting their profession, and why the importance of this event extends far beyond a single week.

Feb 21, 2019
Ep #11: Ashley Fedan - The Good, The Bad & The Ugly Of Social Media In The CRNA World

Join us this week as we talk to Ashley Fedan about the world of opportunities that social media offers to the CRNA community, as well as some of the pitfalls. As an administrator of a Facebook forum of over 25,000 CNRAs and SRNAs, she'll give you a look behind the scenes.

Feb 14, 2019
Ep #10: Pioneering Nurse Anesthesia Education

Special guests Sandra Ouellette and Nancy Bruton Maree return to delve into the history of nurse anesthesia education as seen through their own personal experiences in the field. How have educational programs evolved over the last several decades, and what awaits us in the future?

Feb 07, 2019
Ep #9: A Conversation Stopper: The ACT Statement

Former AANA presidents Sandra Ouellette and Nancy Bruton Maree are back, and this week they'll begin a two-part series on the history of the AANA. To kick things off, this episode will focus on the problems with the Anesthesia Care Team Statement.

Jan 24, 2019
Ep #8: Julia Harris - What To Know About Opioid-Free Anesthesia

The California Association of Nurse Anesthetists former president Julia Harris joins the program to discuss the merits of opioid-free anesthesia.

Jan 10, 2019
Ep #7: Patrick Ballantine - CRNAs & The Legislature

Having a voice for CRNAs in the legislature is incredibly important. On this episode of the podcast, we'll speak with Patrick Ballantine, lobbyist for the NCANA, about what kinds of conversations are happening on the legislative level and how you can get involved in making sure CRNA interests are represented in government.


Patrick Ballantine served 10 years in North Carolina State Senate, winning all 5 general elections with over 65% of the popular vote.  He was first elected in 1994 and quickly rose through the ranks, being elected the Senate Republican Leader in 1998 and re-elected unanimously in 2000 and 2002.  Under his leadership, the number of Republican Senators in the 50 Member State Senate increased from 11 to 22.

Ballantine also co-sponsored tort reform that would help provide quality affordable health care for all North Carolinians.  He sponsored regulatory reform and welfare-to-work legislation.  Ballantine called for a restructuring of state government which had become bloated, non-responsive, and inefficient.  He was a champion for small businesses and at the same time won environmental awards for his stewardship.  Further, Ballantine established and chaired a statewide committee of diabetes stakeholders to develop a national legislative model to protect and support children with diabetes in schools.

Ballantine is an attorney licensed to practice in State Court, Federal Court, and the United States Supreme Court.  Ballantine graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a BA in Political Science, and he received his law degree from the University of Dayton, where he was bestowed the Order of Barristers.


Jan 03, 2019
Ep #6: Special Guests: Sandra Ouellette and Nancy Bruton Maree

Past AANA presidents Sandra Ouellette and Nancy Bruton Maree join the program on this edition of the show to discuss how the CRNA profession has evolved to its current state. Sandra and Nancy will share stories of their experiences as presidents of the AANA. We'll also take a look at the future of the industry and some of the major issues facing CRNAs going forward.


Ms. Bruton-Maree graduated from N.C. Baptist Hospital School of Nurse Anesthesia, Guildford College (BS) & Wake Forest University (MS).  She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau and Chaired the NCANA Program and Publications Committees, served on NCANA Education & Research, Bylaws, Finance, & Strategic Planning Committees.  Ms. Bruton-Maree served as NCANA Secretary, President-Elect, and twice President of the NCANA.  Additionally, she served as AANA member Continuing Education Committee, Editorial Advisory Committee, Journal Editorial Advisory Board, Practice Committee, educator and Chairperson of the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs, & Chairperson, Education Committee.

She served as AANA Director, Region 2, AANA Vice-President, AANA President-Elect, & AANA President.  She also served as member, Vice-Chair & Chair of the N.C. Board of Nursing.  She served President of Anesthesia Review & Update from 2007 to 2017 and is retired as Program Director & Visiting Assistant Professor of Raleigh School of Nurse Anesthesia/UNCG.  Ms. Bruton-Maree was awarded the Helen Lamb Outstanding Educator award by the AANA in 2008, and the Agatha Hodgins Outstanding Accomplishment Award in 2018. Ms. Bruton-Maree is currently a Consulting Associate at the School of Nursing, Duke University.

Dec 20, 2018
Ep #5: A Freelance CRNA - What To Know - Part 2

We'll continue our conversation about what it's like to become a 1099 CRNA. We'll cover questions about taxes, should you incorporate, how you'll cover your own healthcare issues and much more.


For your reference, below is a graphic explaining the differences between SEP-IRAs and Solo 401(k)s:


Dec 13, 2018
Ep #4: Randy Moore - Responding To Healthcare's Dynamic Changes

The American Association of Nurse Anesthetists Chief Executive Officer Randy Moore joins the show this week to discuss the latest healthcare developments and how they're impacting CRNAs. He'll also talk to us about how the AANA is responding to those dynamic changes and reveal what keeps him up at night.


Dr. Randall Moore became the Chief Executive Officer of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists on September 5, 2017.  Prior to that, Randy served as a senior hospital administrator with Passavant Area Hospital/Memorial Health System in Jacksonville, IL. In addition to Randy’s hospital leadership experience, he has served as AANA Treasurer and Region 3 Director. In addition to his service to the AANA, Randy has held various leadership positions within the Illinois Association of Nurse Anesthetists - including region director, government relations chair, and president.

Randy is retired from the Army Reserve after 22 years of military service. He has served in both the Illinois Army National Guard and Army Reserve as an infantryman, combat medic and CRNA. In 2012, Randy deployed with a Forward Surgical Team in Afghanistan providing combat causality care.
Randy holds a Doctorate in Nursing Practice from The University of Alabama, a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Southern Illinois University, a Master’s of Science in Nursing from Bradley University, and a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing from Northern Illinois University.
Dec 13, 2018
Ep #3: A Freelance CRNA - What To Know - Part 1

Jeremy and Sharon will cover the details of what it looks like to become a freelance CRNA. What's it like to make that transition to getting a 1099 every year? Who is a good fit to transition from W2 to 1099? We'll answer those questions and more on part 1 of this conversation.


Nov 15, 2018
Ep #2: Jackie Rowles & The AANA Cultural Task Force

We have special guest Dr. Jackie Rowles on the show to cover the results of a AANA cultural task force that she chaired. We will learn what current members, former members, and non-members all think of the AANA, as well as evaluate the health of the organization. Jackie will give us the key takeaways from this special report.


Dr. Jackie Rowles is a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) and Board Certified Adult Nurse Practitioner (ANP-BC) with nationally and internationally recognized leadership and clinical expertise in the specialty of pain management, including medication management, diagnostic and therapeutic injections, and multi-modal approaches in the treatment of pain. She is the Nurse Anesthesia Program Director and an Associate Professor in the Leighton School of Nursing, as well as, a Clinical Instructor for the College of Osteopathic Medicine. 

Currently serving in her third term as President of the International Federation of Nurse Anesthetists (IFNA), Dr. Rowles is a past president of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA), the Indiana Association of Nurse Anesthetists, served on the American Academy of Pain Management's (AAPM) Board of Directors for eight years with four years as Treasurer, and was a Nursing Organizations Alliance (NOA) Board Member for three years serving one year as Treasurer.  Dr. Rowles is a member of the World Health Organization's Global Initiative for Essential and Emergency Surgical Care (WHO GIEESC), and was recently elected to the Board of Directors of the G4 Alliance (a global organization for access to Surgical, Obstetrics, Trauma, and Anesthesia Care).  Dr. Rowles is the chair of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists Task Force on Organizational Culture Assessment and serves as a member of the Ball State University College of Health Advisory Board.  

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Nov 01, 2018
Ep #1: Why "Beyond The Mask" & Introducing Your Hosts

For the launch of "Beyond The Mask" we'll get to learn about your hosts, Jeremy Stanley and Sharon Pearce. They'll preview some of the future topics the podcast will tackle and some of the great guests that will join the show over the coming months. They'll describe how the podcast will bridge the gap from clinical conversations inside the operating room to organizational, financial, and personal topics important to CRNAs "Beyond The Mask".

Nov 01, 2018
Beyond The Mask: What's To Come

Let's take a brief glimpse into what you can expect from our podcast going forward. Be sure to tune in November 1st for its full debut!

Oct 26, 2018