Why I Became a CRNA: Submission Guidelines

Directions: The questions below are just to get you thinking. You do not have to answer any of them, you are free to write a short narrative (500 words) about why you became a CRNA on your own. However, if you are more comfortable responding to the questions below, feel free to do so. These profiles will be placed in the Becoming a CRNA section of the AANA website to encourage those interested in the profession to see why others have become CRNAs. Please return your profile to: Cathy Hodson, Public Relations Manager, chodson@aana.com. If you have any questions, contact her at 847-655-1147. Thank you!
Photos: If you have a photo to accompany your profile, please email it to the above email address. The photo should be in .jpg format, and of you only. Please send a photo of you in professional dress (scrubs) or formal business clothes (suit or dress) – a portrait, in other words. If your photo is larger than 1 MB in size, please mail the photo on a CD to: Cathy Hodson, AANA, 222 S. Prospect Ave., Park Ridge, IL 60068. Thank you!



 Questions to Consider

  1. In what year were you first certified as a CRNA? ______
  2. How did the idea first come to you to pursue a career as a nurse anesthetist?
  3. Did someone inspire you to become a nurse anesthetist?
  4. What is it that appealed to you about joining the profession?
  5. What do you like best about being a CRNA?
  6. Where has your career as a nurse anesthetist taken you? (professionally, geographically)
  7. How have these achievements strengthened your dedication to your profession?
  8. What has been the most unexpected aspect of being a CRNA during your career? What has surprised you most?
  9. What would you recommend to a nurse colleague or a prospective high school student about the profession?
  10. Any words of advice for future generations of CRNAs?