CRNA since 1978I was seeking graduate education as a professional nurse and wanted to pursue a specialty in which I would be able to use what I learned on a daily basis to provide the best possible care to my patients. From the first time I set foot in an operating room and saw a CRNA practicing, I never looked back. This was the best career decision of my life.
As a CRNA, I focus my attention on one patient at a time. I am in constant contact with them, meeting their psychological, physical, and emotional needs throughout the perioperative continuum. Treating patients in this fashion gives me the ability to use my expert knowledge of anatomy and physiology, pharmacology, physics and chemistry, and psychosocial domains to deliver the best possible anesthesia experience to each of my patients.
Because of the autonomous nature of nurse anesthesia, I am able to independently make difficult decisions when faced with clinical choices. This degree of decision making, based on a foundation of in-depth knowledge, is unique in nursing.
Working as an essential member of the interprofessional surgical team is both intense and fun. Relationships are built, trust is earned, and there is mutual respect for the role that each of us plays. Day in and day out, the surgical team proves greater than the sum of its parts.
My career has included roles as a healthcare executive, an academic program director, a healthcare policy expert, and most importantly, an excellent anesthesia provider.
The profession, along with the AANA, is a source of great pride and inspiration to me.
To those thinking of joining the profession: This will be the best career decision that you can make. Remain committed, and nurture the future generations of CRNAs when it is your turn to do so. Enjoy an extremely high level of job satisfaction.