National Anesthetist Week is an annual celebration recognizing the valuable role of the anesthetist. Each year, 43 million patients place their trust in more than 50,000 anesthetists and student anesthetists across the country. In honor of the MEDNAX family of more 1,800 anesthetists in 15 states, we are excited to profile several CRNAs whose dedication to their work inspire us.
Rich is a CRNA for American Anesthesiology of Florida in Delray Beach. He has been a CRNA for six and a half years.
“I completed my bachelor of nursing in 2006 at the University of Maryland School of Nursing. After working as a nurse, I wanted greater autonomy, decision-making abilities and further mastery of technical skills. I completed my master’s in biology and anesthesia at Central Connecticut State University in 2010 and began working as a CRNA. This year I will complete my doctor of nursing practice degree in anesthesia through Quinnipiac University. It has been an opportunity to advance my education, gain leadership experience and focus even more on evidenced-based practice.”
Inspiration to become a CRNA
“Being a CRNA allows you to be involved with patients one-on-one and impact their experiences. You’re seeing them safely through stressful situations.”
Challenges and rewards
“The reward is definitely seeing patients after surgery. The challenge comes with the changing face of health care, where you are working to provide top-notch care that is cost efficient. We want to take the best care of each patient to the best of our abilities.”
“I provided anesthesia care once for a refugee, who came into the hospital for what is a relatively routine surgery in the United States. But it wasn’t simple where he came from. When he recovered from the anesthesia, it was profound for him because the level of care we provided doesn’t exist in his former country. He was so grateful.”
“We always support each other. It’s ultimate respect, which makes for a great workplace. The anesthesiologists I work with allow us CRNAs to use our education and skills to practice to our full scope and ability.”
Advice for aspiring CRNAs
“Being a CRNA means always being vigilant and training yourself to never take anything for granted. Double and triple check everything.”