69 episodes

From the Head of the Bed… a podcast for the anesthesia community seeks to be a leading source of information for anesthesia providers. The podcast series is a publication of dozens of interview-based podcasts with experts in the field of anesthesia and a dedicated series of podcasts for Student Registered Nurse Anesthetists (SRNAs) and anesthesia learners. Topics will range the entire clinical spectrum including perioperative patient management, pharmacology, airway & critical-incident management. SRNA-focused podcasts will address success strategies for graduate school, clinical preparation, surgical case overviews and more!

From the Head of the Bed Jon Lowrance

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    • 4.9, 137 Ratings

From the Head of the Bed… a podcast for the anesthesia community seeks to be a leading source of information for anesthesia providers. The podcast series is a publication of dozens of interview-based podcasts with experts in the field of anesthesia and a dedicated series of podcasts for Student Registered Nurse Anesthetists (SRNAs) and anesthesia learners. Topics will range the entire clinical spectrum including perioperative patient management, pharmacology, airway & critical-incident management. SRNA-focused podcasts will address success strategies for graduate school, clinical preparation, surgical case overviews and more!

    #69 – LVADs in non-cardiac surgery with Ben Levin, MD

    #69 – LVADs in non-cardiac surgery with Ben Levin, MD

    Ben Levin, MD recently completed his residency in anesthesiology and is headed to Massachusetts General Hospital for a fellowship in critical care.







    In this episode, I have the privilege of speaking with Ben Levin, MD on the perioperative management of patients with left ventricular assist devices (LVADs) for non-cardiac surgery. We discuss device function, cardiac physiology, and perioperative management and monitoring of patients with LVADs. This is your podcast if you’re looking for a refresher or quick overview of managing patients with LVADs as an anesthesia provider!







    Dr Levin received his Master’s of Science in biomedicine and his medical degree from Tufts University Medical School. He just wrapped up his anesthesia residency at Maine Medical Center in Portland, Maine and is currently a fellow in critical care at Massachusetts General Hospital. His clinical areas of interest include cardiovascular surgery and critical care, echocardiography and mechanical circulatory support devices.  















    Click the above image or PDF link below to download Ben Levin’s presentation on LVADs.







    LVADs-with-Ben-Levin-PDF-1Download







    References







    Rogers, J. G., Butler, J., Lansman, S. L., Gass, A., Portner, P. M., Pasque, M. K., … & INTrEPID Investigators. (2007). Chronic mechanical circulatory support for inotrope-dependent heart failure patients who are not transplant candidates: results of the INTrEPID Trial. Journal of the American College of Cardiology, 50(8), 741-747.







    Rose, E. A., Gelijns, A. C., Moskowitz, A. J., Heitjan, D. F., Stevenson, L. W., Dembitsky, W., … & Watson, J. T. (2001). Long-term use of a left ventricular assist device for end-stage heart failure. New England Journal of Medicine, 345(20), 1435-1443.

    • 51 min
    #68 – Workplace incivility with Joshua Lea, DNP, MBA, CRNA & Kelly Gallant, PhD, MSN, CRNA

    #68 – Workplace incivility with Joshua Lea, DNP, MBA, CRNA & Kelly Gallant, PhD, MSN, CRNA

    Josh Lea, DNP, MBA, CRNA and Kelly Gallant, PhD, MSN, CRNA join me to discuss workplace incivility in anesthesia training. We discuss the role of precepting SRNAs and anesthesia residents, root causes and implications of incivility and processes for improving healthy work environments.







    Josh Lea, DNP, MBA, CRNA is a professor of anesthesia at Northeastern University’s Nurse Anesthesia Program and staff CRNA at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.  He serves on the board of the Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation and focuses on burnout & creating healthy work environments as his area of research and publication. He has spoken extensively on the topics both nationally and internationally through his work with the Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation and as a member of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) Health and Wellness Committee. 







    Kelly Gallant, PhD, SRNA recently completed her anesthesia training at Northeastern University in Boston. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Northeastern in 2010 and spent 8 years working in the surgical intensive care unit as a Registered Nurse while researching pediatric pulmonary hypertension and caregiver reactions as part of her PhD, which she completed at Northeastern in 2017. Kelly then returned to school to study anesthesia completing her Master of Science at Northeastern in May 2020. Kelly was the fiscal year 2019 SRNA Representative to the AANA Health & Wellness Committee. and recently contributed to a podcast here on the show about SRNA Wellness.







    Resources:







    SUBSCRIBE to the Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation Newsletter here!







    Elmblad, R., Kodjebacheva, G., & Lebeck, L. (2014). Workplace Incivility Affecting CRNAs: A Study of Prevalence, Severity, and Consequences With Proposed Interventions. AANA Journal, 82(6), 437–445.







    Katz, D., Blasius, K., Isaak, R., Lipps, J., Kushelev, M., Goldberg, A., Fastman, J., Marsh, B., & DeMaria, S. (2019). Exposure to incivility hinders clinical performance in a simulated operative crisis. BMJ Quality & Safety, 28(9), 750–757.







    Neft, M., Hartgkidek, A., & Lea, J. (2017). Wellness milestone: The road to wellness: Paving the way toward a healthy work environment. AANA NewsBulletin.







    Mahoney, C. B., Lea, J., Schumann, P., & Jillson, I. (2020). Turnover, burnout, and job satisfaction of certified registered nurse anesthetists in the United States: Role of job characteristics and personality. AANA Journal, 88(1), 39-48.







    Mahoney, C. B., Lea, J., Jillson, I., & Meeusen, V. (2014). Turnover of nurse anesthetists: The similarities and differences between countries. BioMed Central Ltd. 14(2).







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    • 1 hr 8 min
    #67 – Regional anesthesia with Shane Garner, MS, CRNA, NSPM-C

    #67 – Regional anesthesia with Shane Garner, MS, CRNA, NSPM-C

    Regional anesthesia is Shane Garner’s passion and in this episode he and I talk about regional from a 10,000-foot view. We cover the fellowship programs available to CRNAs and the NBCRNA’s board certification exam in Non-Surgical Pain Management. We talk about how to dial in your regional anesthesia skills whether you’re a SRNA looking to graduate with a solid foundation or a CRNA who wants to find ways to incorporate more regional anesthesia into your career and the value you bring as an anesthesia provider. It’s all here in this quick run down on the current state of regional anesthesia.







    Shane Garner, MS, CRNA, NSPM-C is an anesthesia provider in Ripon, Michigan. Shane has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Minnesota and graduated from Rosalind Franklin University with his Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia in 2012. He went on to complete a fellowship in Advanced Pain Management at the University of South Florida before becoming board certified in Nonsurgical Pain Management through the NBCRNA (National Board of Certification and Recertification for Nurse Anesthetists). Shane is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s nurse anesthesia program where he teaches on personal finance and regional anesthesia. Shane also enjoys teaching these topics at continuing education conferences for CRNAs, including Twin Oaks Anesthesia, Cornerstone Anesthesia Conferences and others.







    Links:







    University of South Florida Advanced Pain Management Fellowship







    NBCRNA Non-Surgical Pain Management Board Certification Exam

    • 38 min
    #66 – The 5 Keys for Achieving Financial Independence with Shane Garner, MS, CRNA, NSPM-C

    #66 – The 5 Keys for Achieving Financial Independence with Shane Garner, MS, CRNA, NSPM-C

    Shane Garner, MS, CRNA, NSPM-C & I discuss what he considers to be five keys for achieving financial independence. The keys are: 1. Set goals to live below your means. 2. Pay yourself first. 3. Avoid debt. 4. Invest in low cost index funds. 5. Educate yourself.







    Shane Garner, MS, CRNA, NSPM-C is an anesthesia provider in Ripon, Michigan. Shane has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Minnesota and graduated from Rosalind Franklin University with his Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia in 2012. He went on to complete a fellowship in Advanced Pain Management at the University of South Florida before becoming board certified in Nonsurgical Pain Management through the NBCRNA (National Board of Certification and Recertification for Nurse Anesthetists). Shane is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s nurse anesthesia program where he teaches on personal finance and regional anesthesia. Shane also enjoys teaching these topics at continuing education conferences for CRNAs, including Twin Oaks Anesthesia, Cornerstone Anesthesia Conferences and others.







    Resources:







    The White Coat Investor







    The Boglehead’s Guide to Investing







    The Simple Path to Wealth

    • 34 min
    #65 – SRNA Wellness with Adrienne Chavez, BSN, SRNA & Kelly Gallant, PhD, SRNA

    #65 – SRNA Wellness with Adrienne Chavez, BSN, SRNA & Kelly Gallant, PhD, SRNA

    I’m joined on the show today by Kelly Gallant, PhD, SRNA and Adrienne Chavez, BSN, SRNA to talk about Student Registered Nurse Anesthetist (SRNA) wellness in light of the COVID19 pandemic. Kelly and Adrienne are the immediate past and current SRNA Representatives to the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists’ Health and Wellness Committee, with Kelly serving in 2019 and Adrienne in 2020. I caught up with them to discuss how SRNAs are facing the challenges and concerns of the COVID19 pandemic as well as advice for maintaining a positive mental attitude and resources that Kelly and Adrienne created, along with the rest of the Health & Wellness Committee, that are available on aana.com.







    Kelly Gallant, PhD, SRNA is wrapping up her training this spring at Northeastern University in Boston. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Northeastern in 2010 and spent 8 years working in the surgical intensive care unit as a Registered Nurse while researching pediatric pulmonary hypertension and caregiver reactions as part of her PhD, which she completed at Northeastern in 2017. Kelly then returned to school to study anesthesia and will graduate from Northeastern’s Nurse Anesthesia program with her Master of Science in May 2020. Kelly was the fiscal year 2019 SRNA Representative to the AANA Health & Wellness Committee.







    Adrienne Chavez, BSN, SRNA is currently training at the University of Maryland. Adrienne received two Bachelor’s of Science degrees from the University of Maryland, one in psychology and the other in nursing. She is currently enrolled in the University of Maryland’s Doctor of Nursing Practice program with an anticipated graduation date of May 2021. Most recently she worked at the National Institutes of Health as a critical care Registered Nurse. She is the fiscal year 2020 SRNA Representative to the AANA Health & Wellness Committee.















    Resources from the AANA Health & Wellness Committee:







    aana.com/covid19 – AANA developed this great resource which has answers to questions SRNAs and CRNAs are asking. The website is constantly updated to include the latest news & information relevant to the current pandemic, with topics including clinical practice, critical care management, COVID-19 employment issues, the SRNA experience and more.







    AANA COVID19 Well-being. This site includes CRNA-produced content on wellness related to the current pandemic, including other From the Head of the Bed podcasts and Aly McLean, CRNA’s “Mindfulness while wearing an N95 mask” video, which is also linked here.







    aana.com/thriveThe THRIVE initiative provides resources for the general public and AANA members in regards to career transitions related to the CRNA role. RNs looking to become nurse anesthesia students, new graduate CRNAs looking for their first job, transitioning in mid- to late-career, and retirement are all covered with a multitude of resources. 







    AANA COVID19 Infographic: https://www.aana.com/docs/default-source/marketing-aana-com-web-documents-(all)/2020_ppr02...

    • 41 min
    #64 – SRNAs: moving forward when furloughed

    #64 – SRNAs: moving forward when furloughed

    In this post, I speak to the SRNA’s who’ve been furloughed from clinical during the SARS-COV-2 pandemic. I offer advice for how to maximize down time and stay focused on moving forward towards graduation, boards and a rewarding career in anesthesia.







    Edmond Eger NYTimes Tribute:







    Grady, D.  (20 September 2017).  Dr. Edmond Eger II, 86, Dies: Found Way to Make Anesthesia Safer.  The New York Times.  Retrieved from https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/20/obituaries/dr-edmond-eger-ii-86-dies-found-way-to-make-anesthesia-safer.html.

    • 20 min

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137 Ratings

Allie Edgerly ,

Great anesthesia podcast!

Awesome, interesting podcast covering a variety of CRNA topics from starting school to late careers. As a SRNA it has helped me familiarize myself with the profession and what I have to look forward to!

johnnypark44 ,

Well-Rounded Anesthesia Podcast.

This podcast has been paramount in my training as an SRNA. I listened to it before I went to CRNA school and I listen to it now with a much different mindset. There are various topics ranging from anesthesia drugs to health and wellness. There are also plenty of reassuring, educational, intro-level topics aimed at SRNAs, or anesthesia residents. Jon does a very good job of using the latest evidence to back these topics up, too! Highly recommended!

Nolern007 ,

Covid doesn’t stop this podcast

Thank you so much John for your sound advice and shedding light on your current and best practices. In this time of pandemic I’ve never been more of a fan of the show. You are informing us anesthesia providers on what it looks like outside our hospitals. Thank you x 100 for bringing up-to-date findings, studies and information to our community.

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