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 health care 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.
QUESTIONS FOR OUR GUEST
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!
Can you give us a background about yourself and your nursing experience?
What does it feel like to be in the daily life of Jason?
How do we empower our nurses in the workplace?
Future advice for anyone trying to become a CRNA?
Is it really as competitive as everyone says?
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?
Difference between rural and city hospital anesthesia?
What are your drugs of choice why?
Do you use ketamine on your patients?
Tips for intubating patients? Any differences between emergent vs planned?
How did/does it feel to work in a female dominant profession?
Worst parts about being a male nurse/Anesthesiologist?
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.
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 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
Workplace Culture and Patient Ratios With Chrissy Massaro
In this episode, we’d like to welcome Chrissy Massaro. Chrissy is a CRNA that helps young professionals thrive in healthcare. She helps medical professionals improve workplace culture, build resilience, and advocate for safe nurse-to-patient ratios.
Tell us a little bit about yourself. Where are you from? How did you get to where you are today?
How was life in the CVICU? Are the memes true?
When did you realize how prominent negative workplace culture can be? What’s a good way for nurses to improve workplace culture?
Many people still don’t realize how crucial patient ratios are. It leads to a lot of tough shifts, it’s hard to handle but it’s one of the situations where we get it done no matter what. At the moment we get through it, take care of business, and deal with it after work with poor outside-of-the-workplace habits. How important are safe patient ratios?
Medical professionals have the most stressful jobs. There are really challenging sides to those careers, how crucial is it to develop good habits and build resilience inside and outside of the workplace?
When did you realize your talent for TikTok and your obsession with plant-based recipes?
Learn how nurses can benefit from the right nurse-patient ratio here 👇👇👇
00:00 Intro 00:20 Welcome to the show 00:47 Guest introduction 01:17 About Chrissy Massaro 03:02 CVICU Nurses 05:12 Social work to Psychology major to Nursing 07:10 Bullying in Nursing 08:57 How can we improve the toxic nursing culture? 11:04 Working with unfair nurse-to-patient ratios 13:55 How do you manage stress as a CRNA? 15:35 What’s what thing you’d like to change in healthcare? 20:40 How can nurses stop competing with each other? 26:04 Setting boundaries 29:05 How to set boundaries for ourselves 32:05 How to destress 36:10 How is it to be CRNA during the pandemic? 41:28 How to deal with lingering feelings about our work 44:02 Did your views on nursing change? 46:16 A piece of advice for nurses and CRNAs 50:11 Where to find Chrissy Massaro 52:43 End of show
In this episode, we introduce you to our guest, Dr. Jason Bolt, DNP & CRNA. Not only is Jason a nurse anesthesiologist he also has a YT channel called BoltCRNA, where he offers mentorship and a behind-the-scenes look at the life of a CRNA. Follow him on Instagram at @BoltCRNA.
Questions for Our Guest
Questions below are some we’d like to tackle. We always go off-topic, so we don’t expect to hit them all. If you have any ideas, please let us know. Looking forward to our conversation!
Let’s get a little background about yourself; why made you choose to become a CRNA?
How is CRNA school? How do you become one?
Can you run through your typical work day? What does this job entail?
What are the most challenging aspects of your job, and how do you manage them?
Before becoming a CRNA, what type of nursing did you do?
It seems like you are entering the education field; what made you want to start a YT channel and offer CRNA education?
Future advice for anyone trying to become a certified registered nurse anesthetist?
How did/does it feel to work in a female-dominant profession?
What do you enjoy doing on your time off? Has covid changed that, and how are you coping?
Learn how you can be a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist like Dr. Bolt here 👇👇👇
00:00 – Intro 01:12 – Who is Dr. Bolt? 02:12 – How is school finishing up? 04:49 – Are you still able to work? 05:55 – School 07:49 – Type of Clinicals 09:56 – Day-to-day activities 13:04 – Autonomy of a CRNA 16:50 – Stress in anesthesia 21:47 – Monitoring 23:00 – Favorite Cases 25:12 – Work Schedule 27:19 – Culture of the Operating Room 33:02 – Free time 35:23 – Words of wisdom 37:57 – Nursing School 40:11 – Covid Impact 42:12 – Working as a nurse in 2020