Category: Special Topics

A range of special topics are covered here.

#35 – AANA News Bulletin Article: Tips for Transitioning to Practice

The September 2017 AANA News Bulletin contains an article I wrote titled:  SRNAs – Key Tips for Transitioning to Practice. The article builds on podcast #25 – Transitioning to Practice that I put out back in February 2016.  In the

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#34 – Provider Wellness – Christine Hein, MD

I caught up with Christine Hein, MD recently to talk about healthcare provider wellness. Dr Hein is an emergency medicine physician and Director of the Provider Well-being and Peer Support program at Maine Medical Center in Portland, Maine. I was

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#33 – NOLS Wilderness Medicine and Cornerstone Anesthesia Conference – Jon Lowrance, MSN, CRNA

This is a quick overview of some continuing education opportunities coming up.  I’ll be co-instructing a NOLS Wilderness Medicine course with my good friend Sara Nelson, MD this October 20-22, 2017 near Flagstaff, Maine.  I’ll also help teach an anesthesia

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#30 – Anesthesia in Chad, Africa: Part 2 – Mason McDowell, DNAP, CRNA

In 2014, Mason McDowell, DNAP, CRNA quit his job, sold most of what he owned and moved with his wife and two young daughters to Chad, Africa for a long-term commitment to provide anesthesia and education.  Here is a glimpse

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#29 – Anesthesia in Chad, Africa: Part 1 – Mason McDowell, DNAP, CRNA

In 2014, Mason McDowell, DNAP, CRNA quit his job, sold most of what he owned and moved with his wife and two young daughters to Chad, Africa for a long-term commitment to provide anesthesia and education.  Here is a glimpse

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#28 – Expertise in Anesthesia – Denham Ward, MD, PhD

I talk with Denham Ward, MD, PhD on the topic of expertise in anesthesia.  Dr Ward is currently the director of the Academy at Maine Medical Center Institute for Teaching Excellence and a Professor of Anesthesiology at Tufts University School of

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#27 – Social Media in Nurse Anesthesia – Jon Lowrance, MSN, CRNA

Jon provides a quick update on the publication of the article “Social media in nurse anesthesia – a model for a reproducible podcast” published in the February 2017 edition of the AANA Journal.  This article provides the literature review associated with

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#26 – Hardship in Anesthesia School – Jon Lowrance, MSN, CRNA

In this show I talk about hardship in anesthesia school. Yep. It is for you, actually.  It’s for you if you’re struggling.  Or even if you’re not – cause your classmate or colleague might be. This podcast is about the

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#25 – Transitioning to Practice – Jon Lowrance, MSN, CRNA

This episode covers advice for the last six months of anesthesia school, transitioning out of school and into the first six months of your CRNA practice! The year encompassing your last six months of anesthesia school through your first six months

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#24 – Positive Deviance – Cherie Burke, DNP, CRNA

Cherie Burke, DNP, CRNA discusses the concept of positive deviance in healthcare.  Highlights include how to effect change as healthcare providers and the power of focusing quality improvement proactively on what goes right in an organization verses reacting to errors and

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#23 – Tips for the Job Hunt: How to Promote Yourself as a CRNA – Jon Bradstreet, MSN, CRNA

I sat down with Jon Bradstreet, MSN, CRNA to chat about how SRNAs and CRNAs can prepare for the job market.  Jon Bradstreet, MSN, CRNA is the Chief CRNA and Director of CRNA Services of Maine’s largest CRNA group and

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#22 – The Value of AANA Membership – Juan Quintana, CRNA, DNP, MHS & Kristie Hoch, APRN, CRNA, MSN

Jon caught up with Dr Juan Quintana, president of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists, and Kristie Hoch, president of the Maine Association of Nurse Anesthetists, to chat about the value of being a member of the American Association of

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#21 – Emotional Intelligence of SRNAs – Shawn Collins, DNP, PhD, CRNA

Dr Shawn Collins, DNP, PhD, CRNA discusses his research on Emotional Intelligence of Student Registered Nurse Anesthetists (SRNAs).  Highlights include the relevance of emotional intelligence to the practice of anesthesia, models of emotional intelligence and ways that emotional intelligence can

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#20 – DNP: The Future of CRNA Education – Shawn Collins, DNP, PhD, CRNA

Jon talks with Dr Shawn Collins, DNP, PhD, CRNA about the transition of CRNA education from a Master’s of Science in Nursing (MSN) to a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP).  We discuss the history, rationale and implications of the change

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#7 Advocacy in Anesthesia – David Andrews, MHS, CRNA

In this interview, David Andrews, MHS, CRNA, sits down with Jon Lowrance to discuss the importance of CRNAs and SRNAs advocating for their profession through state and national associations. David is the current President of the Oregon Association of Nurse

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#6 – Outpatient Anesthesia – David Andrews, MHS, CRNA

In this episode Kristin and David Andrews, MHS, CRNA, President of the Oregon Association of Nurse Anesthetists and Clinical Director of Outpatient Anesthesia Services, sit down to discuss the challenges facing outpatient anesthesia providers. Information about Outpatient Anesthesia Services can be

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