Why I Became a CRNA: Peter R. Carey


Peter R. Carey, CRNA, ARNP

CRNA since: 1970
I was having an emergency surgery at midnight on New Year's Eve at the naval station in Newport, R.I. There I met a CRNA who provided the ether anesthetic. She was a life saver, as I had a full stomach and immediately after intubation, I vomited. She handled the situation perfectly.
Years later I was speaking at a meeting on Cape Cod, Mass., and she was seated in the audience. Needless to say, I thanked her for the service and told her she was the reason I became a CRNA. Over the years I have been able to recruit many RNs into our profession. I continue to promote nurse anesthesia, and will share that information with RNs I believe would be excellent providers to our profession.
Peter, right, served on the AANA Board of Directors from 1992-93.
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