podcastFrom the Head of the Bed… seeks to be a leading resource for anesthesia providers.

My goal is to produce a free, open-access source of anesthesia content that will aid both anesthesia learners and experienced practitioners on their journey towards becoming expert anesthesia providers.


Jon Lowrance, MSN, CRNA – Producer of From the Head of the Bed


Master of Science, Nurse Anesthesia, Western Carolina University, Asheville, North Carolina

Bachelor of Science, Nursing, Certificate in Critical Care, Saint Louis University, St. Louis, Missouri

Bachelor of Science, Recreation, Certificate in Outdoor Adventure Leadership, Southeast Missouri State University, Cape Girardeau, Missouri

I’m an educator at heart and pursue anesthesia and leadership in emergencies as my areas of interest.  I currently practice anesthesia as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) in Portland, Maine.  I’m also a faculty member with Landmark Learning and NOLS Wilderness Medicine.

Podcast History

From the Head of the Bed was created by four CRNAs during our time as students at Western Carolina University’s Graduate Nurse Anesthesia Program:  Kristin Andrejco, MSN, CRNA, Jon Lowrance, MSN, CRNA, Brad Morgan, MSN, CRNA and Cassidy Padgett, MSN, CRNA.  The initial vision was to create the podcast that we wished we had during our anesthesia training.  At the time, there were no active podcasts on anesthesia content available.

We felt it was important to not only create a free, open access podcast for the anesthesia community but also explain the rationale and validity of social media as an educational tool and create a blueprint for other clinicians to produce educational podcasts of their own.  We did this in the form of a journal article that was published in the February 2017 edition of the AANA Journal:

Special Thanks to:

Kristin Andrejco, MSN, CRNA, Brad Morgan, MSN, CRNA and Cassidy Padgett, MSN, CRNA for believing in the vision and getting the website and podcast off the ground.  This website/podcast would not exist without their hard work and expertise.

Shawn Collins, PhD, DNP, CRNA, Director of the Graduate Nurse Anesthesia Program at Western Carolina University.  Dr Collins provided a significant amount of support to the podcast in its early stages.  He is also a co-author of the journal article Social media in nurse anesthesia: a model of a reproducible educational podcast.

Don Connelly, Director of the Communications Department at Western Carolina University, for his expert instruction in capturing, editing and producing audio.  Check out his book, Digital Radio Production, 2nd Edition (Waveland Pr Inc, 2012, ISBN 9781577667797).  

Thanks to the Staff and Professors at Western Carolina University.  If you are a Critical Care Registered Nurse considering anesthesia school – look long and hard at WCU’s Graduate Nurse Anesthesia Program.  You won’t be disappointed.

I also want to give a special thanks to the many wilderness medicine educators, nurses, CRNA’s, physicians and others who have supported my development as a clinician and educator.  The healthcare community is best when we each give our time and energy to help elevate one another in order to provide the best possible care to our patients, friends, families and communities.


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