It's National CRNA Week, and to recognize the contributions of Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists, all of the stories this week come from CRNAs. Today is a triple feature with three CRNAs from The MetroHealth System sharing their experiences in nursing.
Marlana Harris MSN, BSN, APRN-CRNA
Describe your professional role in Nursing.
I am a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist at MetroHealth Medical Center. CRNAs at Metro provide a wide variety of anesthetics for surgical and obstetric cases, including remote and outpatient surgery anesthesia. I love my profession and working at Metro because of the variety of operative cases and diverse patient population. My favorite department to work with is Labor and Delivery. There, I place spinals and epidurals into laboring women for pain control. They are always very appreciative of the services provided from the anesthesia team!
Alison Ohliger MSN, BSN, APRN-CRNA
What education, training and experience can help other nurses interested a role like yours?
If you are interested in becoming a Nurse Anesthetist it is important to work in an ICU and get involved in as many critical situations as you can. The best way for a nurse to learn is to do all the things you read about in school, but have not experienced yourself. Any nurse is welcome to shadow in the operating room for a day! We love to share information about our profession and would be happy to guide you on your career path.
Kristen Weinberger MSN, BSN, APRN-CRNA, Clinical Coordinator to the University of Akron What impact do you have on the profession of Nursing?
I believe that assisting the youth of our profession is one of the most important things we can do to advance our field. I work at MetroHeatlh Medical Center, and am the Clinical Coordinator to the University of Akron’s Nurse Anesthesia program. While in this role, I have helped create an environment that promotes a positive learning experience and both professional and personal growth.