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Mick Ellis, SRNA: Family, Faith, and Fostering the Next Generation of CRNAs

  When the youth leaders at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Knoxville asked if anyone in the congregation would be willing to share information about their jobs at a career day for boys and girls ages 11-18, Mick Ellis, SRNA, seized upon the opportunity. “The youths had about 10 minutes at […]

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AANHPI Heritage Month 2024: Meet Asian American CRNA and TANA Member Malasy Vichathep

Malasy Vichathep, DNP, CRNA, works at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis, a long way from her parents’ homeland of Laos, a landlocked country in Southwest Asia bordered by China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, and Burma. “My parents immigrated from Laos and stayed in refugee camps on their way to America,” Malasy explains. “Their journey to this

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John Shields, DNP, CRNA: How “Milligram Per Kilogram” Learned to Embrace the Art and Science of Anesthesia Equally

Giving anesthesia is described as both an art and a science. The best CRNAs embrace both aspects fully and equally; but truth be told, it doesn’t always occur simultaneously. John Shields, DNP, CRNA, who became a CRNA nearly 40 years ago and currently specializes in cardiovascular anesthesia, understands the concept well. Reflecting on his long

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AANHPI Heritage Month 2024: Meet TANA Member Leilani Herbert—Clinician, Clinical Education Coordinator, Native Hawaiian

Leilani Herbert, a CRNA who works for U.S. Anesthesia Partners (USAP) at Williamson Medical Center in Franklin, Tennessee, says she gets ribbed for the Hawaiian pattern on the radiation safety gear she wears at work. “But everyone knows whose lead it is, so they better not be caught wearing it!” she laughs. The current chair

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TANA’s Wellness Spotlight: Nature’s Retreat with Family

Meet Kristina Heering, CRNA (TANA Wellness Committee member), and her family, who have found the perfect recipe for wellness—time spent together in the great outdoors! At their cabin retreat, they embrace the beauty of nature to unplug, reset, and reconnect with what truly matters. We asked Kristina how she makes wellness a priority, and she

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Davis, Davis, & Harbin: Conquering the Risks and Savoring the Rewards of Anesthesia Business Ownership

Starting up an anesthesia business can be equal parts daunting and rewarding. Just ask Ashley Davis, DNAP, NP, CRNA, her husband Nate Davis, DNAP, CRNA, and Steve Harbin, MSN, CRNA, partners in the rapidly growing anesthesia practice Advanced Anesthesia Solutions, Inc. (AAS) headquartered in Kingsport, Tennessee. With AAS now in its 12th year, the three

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Fred Reed, III: Sage Advice for Young People of Color Pursuing a Career in Nurse Anesthesiology

Celebrating Black History Month 2024 My name is Fred Reed, III, DNP, MBA(c), CRNA, APRN. I was inspired to go into nurse anesthesiology after being introduced to a CRNA at Louisiana State University – E.A. Conway Medical Center during the “A-HEC of a Summer” Program* in 2004. I was 13 years old. Rosalind Loyd-Chisley, the

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Melissa Hayden, MSN, CRNA: Embracing the Challenges of Moving from the Head of the Table to Head of the Department

Melissa Hayden, MSN, CRNA, Executive Director of Surgical Services at Jackson-Madison County General Hospital in Jackson, Tennessee, has a unique perspective on moving from her previous role as Director of Nurse Anesthesia/Chief CRNA to Executive Director this past June. “I chose to practice anesthesia as it is truly an honor and a privilege to care

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Jacob Geldrich, MS, CRNA: Give Him Five Minutes of Free Time and a Good Night’s Sleep, and See What Happens

As the saying goes, “Variety is the spice of life.” For some it means traveling to exotic locations, for others it’s the adrenaline rush of extreme sports…the list goes on. But for Jacob Geldrich, MS, CRNA, the newest partner in a thriving all-CRNA group in East Tennessee, it’s the lure of entrepreneurship that has led

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