EP 154: What it Takes to be a CRNA With Jason Bolt

What it Takes to be a CRNA With Jason Bolt

Are you interested in working as a nurse anesthetist and becoming a CRNA? If you have plans to be one, this episode is for you. 

What Does it Take to be a CRNA? 

A CRNA or Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist is an advanced practice registered nurse who provides anesthesia-related care in different healthcare settings.

These settings include pain management centers, hospital surgical suites, obstetrical delivery rooms, ophthalmologists, podiatrists, operating rooms, plastic surgeons, and many others. 

What do CRNAs do? Generally, they provide anesthesia and related care to patients before, during, and after surgery, diagnostic, therapeutic, and obstetrical procedures.

Pain management is also the top priority of nurse anesthetists. They also provide emergency services such as airway management if the situation calls for it. 

In this episode, we would like to introduce our guest, Dr. Jason Bolt, DNP, and CRNA. He will share his experiences as a CRNA and what it takes to be one. 


The questions below are some we’d like to tackle. We go off-topic all the time so we don’t expect to hit them all. If you have any ideas please let us know. Looking forward to our conversation!

  1. Can you give us a background about yourself and your nursing experience?
  2. What does it feel like to be in the daily life of Jason? 
  3. How do we empower our nurses in the workplace?
  4. Future advice for anyone trying to become a CRNA?
    1. Is it really as competitive as everyone says?
  5. Starting in 2025, anyone who is NOT a CRNA and wants to become one must attend a doctorate program. How do you feel about that?
  6. What is the difference between rural and city hospital anesthesia?
  7. What are your drugs of choice why?
  8. Do you use ketamine on your patients?
  9. Tips for intubating patients? Any differences between emergent vs planned?
  10. How did/does it feel to work in a female-dominant profession?
    1. Worst parts about being a male nurse/Anesthesiologist?
  11. How is it dating in anesthesia life?

Now if you are ready, sit back, grab your favorite drink, and join us for another awesome episode of your Cup of Nurses. Let’s get into it! 👇👇👇

Jason also hosts his YouTube channel BoltCRNA, where he offers mentorship and behind-the-scenes at the life of being a CRNA. Follow more of Dr. Bolt on his Instagram account @BoltCRNA.


0:00 Intro
0:48 Plugs
2:41 Episode Introduction
3:25 About Jason Bolt
4:07 Becoming your own boss.
8:08 What’s the daily life of a CRNA looks like?
11:21 Jason’s advice for anyone trying to become a CRNA
14:52 What are your drugs of choice and why?
17:34 The Pros and Cons of Ketamine
22:48 What is the Difference between rural and city hospital anesthesia?
25:42 Differences between emergent vs planned surgery?
27:40 Tips on Intubating Patients.
30:46 The most memorable learning experience
36:54 Jason’s advice for anyone who wants to be a CRNA
42:59 Plans of Increasing the Educational Requirement for CRNA
44:44 The importance of theory and application
46:40 How do they test your Emotional Intelligence?
51:57 How a CRNA Interview helped me with my career
57:23 How is it working with a female dominant profession?
58:30 Tips when getting into a relationship


Share This