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Ever wish you had a CRNA mentor who is plugged into the community, who has helped hundreds of students find success in just the past year? That’s exactly what you’ll get when you tune into CRNA School Prep Academy Podcast with your host, CRNA of 6 years, and student mentor, Jenny Finnell. Her specialty? Listening to her students and creating actionable step-by-step guidance designed to get you into your top CRNA program. The journey doesn't end there. Jenny is committed to helping you not on ...
 
Hi, I’m Sasha - your host of the Real Talk School of Nursing podcast. Have you been thinking about becoming a nurse or you’re in nursing school? Then you may have found the most correct place to be! This podcast speaks on what isn’t taught in the nursing program. We dive into all that is to come throughout your whole journey in pre reqs, nursing school, and new grad life. Come join us on Tuesday’s and let’s be real. There’s more to nursing school than just content. Write in to RealTalkNursin ...
 
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Fear is “an unpleasant emotion caused by the belief that someone or something is dangerous, likely to cause pain or a threat” The way our bodies respond to fear is rather fascinating. Flight or fight. But what’s even more fascinating or scary is how fear is used against us. Fear mongering in the media is something we see and hear more and more. Unf…
 
Great job - you’ve made it through induction and maintenance of anesthesia for your patient! As you move into the emergence stage and prepare for wake up, there are many factors of which you need to be aware to ensure patient safety and comfort. Today, we’re covering how to plan for landing the proverbial plane, and successfully moving your patient…
 
There are so many things to prepare for before and during nursing school. Some things are as simple and others are going to be tough. Regardless, whatever it may be, it can be accomplished if you want it bad enough. In today’s episode, Sasha talks about preparing before the program materialistically and what to think about emotionally once you’re i…
 
Long-term relationships, whether they be personal or professional, have been under tremendous stress since the start of the pandemic. The same dynamics that typically produce rewarding relationships can also be turned around and used to negatively affect the parties involved. Keith and Lynn Macksey, CRNA, wrote Miracles in Marriage during COVID to …
 
We begin our career paths with a fairly similar goal, to have a low-risk job that provides good benefits and a good salary. Yet, all of that can be lost in a moment due to sickness, injury, or another life-changing circumstance. By accumulating multiple streams of income through a plan B you can lower that risk of losing it all. Kris Toribio spent …
 
This is one of my favorite podcasts that I’v recorded. If you’ve had the privilege of working with or getting to know Dr Christine Hein, MD, – or once you listen to this podcast – you’ll know why! Christine Hein, MD is an emergency medicine physician and the Chief Wellness Officer at Maine Medical Center, Maine’s only level 1 trauma center and acad…
 
It’s that time of year when all the department stores are gearing up for the holiday season! Too soon to think about Christmas? Consider this, there is a lot of prepping and planning that goes into the holiday decorations, displays, parades, gifts, and much more. It’s also a great time of year to do a little side work for the upcoming gift pile und…
 
With the resources and skills that CRNAs possess, they are trained to succeed in crisis situations, which is why more and more of our peers are assisting in disaster response. One of those generous people is Corinne Chausse, a CRNA from North Carolina that has worked on the front lines of Iraq, at the epicenter of the pandemic, and other highly str…
 
What am I supposed to do with myself during the maintenance phase of an anesthesia case? Unfortunately, it’s not break time! While it can be a bit of a juggling game, we’ve got the details for you! Today, we’re discussing how to prepare for, maintain, and efficiently move through the maintenance phase of anesthesia. In this episode, we cover: Facto…
 
IRAs, checkbook control, EQRP, financial security - What does all this have in common? The chance to take control and protect your financial wealth. With the amount of regulatory change going on, it's hard to know everything about your retirement accounts. When it comes to your money, it's time to take back control and secure your future. Damion Lu…
 
Did you know it’s estimated that around 90% or more of patented inventions are never commercialized, licensed, or sold? Being creative is only one part of creating something new, being innovative is taking action and making your creativity become a reality. Join me on this Thoughtful Thursday as I take a look at creativity and innovation. As always…
 
For the past 50+ years, numerous quality of care studies have been published that evaluated outcomes based on the anesthesia provider. These studies have produced great data but some of the research methods and findings were flawed. That’s been used by the ASA and AANA to promote agendas. We’ve invited Nancy Bruton-Maree, CRNA, and Sandy Ouellette,…
 
Whether you are currently practicing as an SRNA or are prepping for the future, learning about the induction of anesthesia will help you feel more prepared and confident at the head of the bed. Today, we’re diving into what the induction phase looks like, as well as how to plan for an effective (and safe) induction of patients! In this episode, we …
 
Starting a new adventure can lead you down many paths. In doing research you can be “told” to do many different things. Yet when you implement them into your strategy you may discover “they” were wrong. However, to find the best strategy you have to make the mistakes, try and cut the corners, before discovering what really works for you. Join Us as…
 
I’m joined today by Nate & Lien Woodin who are married and the parents of two boys – aged 6 & 9 as this show comes out on the first of October 2021. If you’re a critical care nurse, medical student, resident or SRNA – or a spouse or partner to one of these folks – and you’re wondering how to hold it together as a parent & partner during anesthesia …
 
Episode Summary We’re returning to the ring for another Q & A! The crowd is cheering and asking for more, so let’s give them another round…say what! In this episode, we’ll test your mental toughness with questions that review pharmacology, pathophysiology, and airway. Along the way, we’ll give you tips and suggestions to help dust out the cobwebs a…
 
As children, we are encouraged to express ourselves through art; Drawing, painting, markers, etc. Yet as we age, some of us, tend to find other things to utilize our time. However, using art as an express mechanism can improve mental health by encouraging such things as creativity, self-esteem, self-confidence, and much more! But could it be a Plan…
 
The rate of mental health illness has already been on the rise among young adults and these past two years have added even more stress to our lives. We know first-hand how difficult things have been for healthcare workers and students alike. Michael Rieker, CRNA, DNP, FAAN, like many people, has been personally impacted by suicide and now uses that…
 
Got a few burning questions about the interview and application process for getting into CRNA school? While different programs will have different processes, gaining knowledge ahead of time is critical for planning and success. Today, we are joined by Dr. Dawn Bent, Program Director of UPenn Nurse Anesthesia Program! Still clinically practicing in …
 
This episode was originally published in April 2019 on From the Head of the Bed… a podcast for the anesthesia community. In this podcast, Skyler provides a thorough overview of local anesthetics including relevant anatomy and physiology (i.e. nerve fibers, sodium channels, pKa, etc), types of local anesthetics and factors that effect onset, potency…
 
When it comes to patient/provider comfort in hospitals, the struggle is real. It’s a hassle! Trying to transfer a patient from one bed to the next is hard and strains the body, yours and theirs. Patient handling and positioning should be consistent for every unique body. Is there an effective solution to help all involved? Is there a way to improve…
 
This episode was originally published in April 2019 on From the Head of the Bed… a podcast for the anesthesia community. In this podcast, Ashley walks us through an overview of the most common IV anesthesia induction agents. We cover propofol, ketamine, etomidate, barbiturates (e.g. methohexital), dexmedetomidine and benzodiazepines (e.g. midazolam…
 
This episode was originally released in April 2019 on From the Head of the Bed… a podcast for the anesthesia community. In this podcast, Skyler walks us through the pharmacodynamics of volatile anesthetics. We talk extensively about the concepts related to minimum alveolar concentration (MAC), the mechanism of action of volatile anesthetics and the…
 
This episode was originally released in April 2019 on From the Head of the Bed… a podcast for the anesthesia community. In this podcast, Skyler gives a succinct run down on the pharmacokinetics of volatile anesthetics. We talk about uptake, distribution, elimination and metabolism and unpack concepts such as blood gas solubility, oil gas solubility…
 
We live in a world of distractions and it’s easy to get sidetracked when trying to focus. They pull you in different ways and generally keep us from focusing on the important to-do’s. Do you change direction so often you have lost sight of your original goal? Are you using distractions to avoid completing a daunting task? Finding a balance between …
 
One positive that’s emerged from the pandemic is the reality that nurses are extremely good at their job and can thrive in an independent setting. The hope is that this will help APRNs and CRNAs move closer to a career where they can practice to the full extent of their training and education without statutory barriers. Today we’ve invited Ronald C…
 
In this episode, which was originally released in April of 2019 on From the Head of the Bed… a podcast for the anesthesia community, Ashley provides an incredibly detailed run down of the anesthesia machine: the flow of gas through the machine, high, intermediate and low pressure system components in the machine, variable bypass vaporizer structure…
 
Does being a CRNA seem too good to be true? Knowing what to expect ahead of time sets you up for success as a student and as a provider. Today, we’re detailing some of the biggest pros and cons of being a CRNA for you! In addition to this episode, as always, it is recommended that you continue to network and ask other CRNAs for their opinions on th…
 
In this episode, Ashley and I talk through how to set up an operating room anesthesia workstation, perform a preoperative patient assessment and progress through an IV induction and intubation. You’ll hear Ashley walk you through everything from how to do a quick machine set up, where to put your tape, how to introduce yourself to patients & work t…
 
Let's delve deeper into the world of decentralized, unregulated global currency. Where did bitcoin originate? What is a bitcoin miner, and what’s their purpose? Looking at the in’s and out’s and the cautions that go with investing in cryptocurrency, it’s hard not to add the question: Is bitcoin really here to stay? Join Richard and me as we continu…
 
“Swing trading is a style of trading that attempts to capture short- to medium-term gains in a stock over a period of a few days to several weeks.” My personal opinion is that time in the market beats timing the market. But can you make real money from swing trading? The short answer is yes, but take caution. Do your research, and be ready for a ro…
 
Ben Levin, MD This podcast was the last episode I published on From the Head of the Bed and originally came out on July 4, 2020. In August of that year, I launched Anesthesia Guidebook and this episode is being re-released on September 16, 2021. In this episode, I have the privilege of speaking with Ben Levin, MD on the perioperative management of …
 
Being a great leader doesn’t require a person to be in a position of power. Every CRNA has the opportunity to make a difference each day by leading up. The dean of Loma Linda University’s School of Nursing, Shawn Collins, PhD, DNP, CRNA, joins the show today to talk with us about this idea of making an impact from whatever role you’re in. Read more…
 
Am I too OLD to go back for CRNA? It’s a very common question asked inside our communities, and the decision can feel really overwhelming. The good news is, whether you’re looking at a career change, or just getting a later start, CRNA is a total possibility for you! In today’s episode, we’re busting through the most common fears in regard to age w…
 
This episode was originally released on From the Head of the Bed on March 3, 2019 and recorded in Scottsdale, Arizona. Tom Baribeault, DNP, CRNA and Jayme Reuter, MS, CRNA talk with me about opioid free anesthesia. We discuss the progression to opioid free anesthesia (OFA), where OFA fits into enhanced recovery programs and the specific techniques …
 
Cryptocurrency represents a whole new world of decentralized, unregulated global currency. As many of us begin to learn more and more about the ever-changing crypto market, it’s easy to see why it’s such a hot topic! There are plenty of articles out there about people making millions by investing in this "modern money." But what is cryptocurrency, …
 
Have you ever noticed that when we are asked “who are you?” you tie your occupation to your identity? But is that really who you are? Your purpose? Many of us don’t ever take the time to discover what our purpose in life is, we just naturally assume it’s our job. However many are left unsatisfied and have a feeling of emptiness within. On this thou…
 
You might have noticed a surge in articles and stories about the nurse anesthesia profession in recent days and weeks, and that’s because of the push for regulatory reform. Joe Rodriguez, CRNA, has always been one to push for change and advocate for healthcare policy reform, and that’s the position he’s in once again. He joins us on this episode to…
 
It’s no secret that CRNA school is stressful. From the intense influx of new information to navigating clinicals, you’re bound to be put in situations that make your heart beat a little faster and your hand sweat a little too much. Today, we are joined by Matt Zinder, an 18-year career CRNA, who has uncovered a hidden secret inside the healthcare f…
 
“Ketamine is a medication primarily used for starting and maintaining anesthesia. It induces dissociative anesthesia, a trance-like state providing pain relief, sedation, and amnesia.” Recently it was discovered that Ketamine could be used to help patients suffering from depression, PTSD, and chronic pain. Jason Duprat, Nurse Anesthetist, and medic…
 
This episode was originally released in April of 2020 on From the Head of the Bed… a podcast for the anesthesia community and is being re-released on 5 September 2021 on Anesthesia Guidebook. In this episode, I speak with Shane Garner, MS, CRNA, NSPM-C about an introduction & overview of regional anesthesia. We discuss: opioid-free […]…
 
Have you ever given advice to someone that “changed their life?” Do you find you have the desire to help others do better and be greater in life? Better yet, can you turn that into an income stream? Life Coaching targets the unique skills and gifts of clients while zeroing in on negative patterns that could be standing in the way of success. Most f…
 
The issue of diversity isn’t one that’s limited to certain areas of the country or specific professions. It’s a problem that people everywhere are trying to solve, including the CRNA profession. We want to explore the topic and try to get a better understanding of the barriers and challenges for minorities entering this field so we asked Richard Fl…
 
Study Link: http://depaul.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9Y32tyhtj6i8GZU Nicole Kellogg, BSN, SRNA and Elizabeth Fullford, BSN, SRNA join me to discuss the anesthetic considerations for cannabis users. This podcast is part of a study they’re conducting on the efficacy of an educational podcast for SRNAs and CRNAs. PLEASE COMPLETE THE PRE-SURVEY AND POST…
 
Completing a pre-operative assessment for your first patients can be overwhelming as you’re navigating your clinicals. There are numerous factors to be considered before putting your patient to sleep, so we’re laying out the details! Today, we’re diving into how to best move through your preoperative assessment in a way that keeps your patient safe…
 
Episode Summary In this episode of the APEX Live Anesthesia podcast, we review the essentials of calcium and the physiologic consequences that occur when this important cation becomes low. We’ll discuss how the body regulates calcium, the signs of hypocalcemia, something called the “Lethal Diamond” and so much more. APEX family…grab a big glass of …
 
On this podcast we talk about the title 'Nurse Anesthesiologist' it's genesis, the movement within the CRNA community that pushed it into the spotlight, why it is important to CRNAs and patients, some of the misconceptions related to it and the controversy surrounding it. This is the inaugural episode with Dr. Joseph Rodriguez as a co-host talking …
 
In this episode you’re going to hear from Shane Garner, MS, CRNA, NSPM-C on the 5 Keys for Achieving Financial Independence. This show was originally released in April of 2020 on From the Head of the Bed and I’m pulling it forward to Anesthesia Guidebook on August 30, 2021. I’m pumped Shane brought this […]…
 
Opening a business can be daunting and challenging. Adding more into life, like cancer, can lead a person to want to give up. Yet, for some, giving up is not an option and we strive to figure out how to make it work. So, what drives you to keep going? Do you have the support around you to help you succeed? What is your why that keeps you moving for…
 
Happy 50th Episode!! It takes courage to show up and be seen! Being vulnerable is something we face almost daily, but how has it affected you? Do you worry about being hurt or judged? These types of emotions can lead to closing yourself off and putting up walls. But is opening up to others all bad? What could we gain by being a little more vulnerab…
 
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