Q&A - CRNA Group

We have the opportunity to talk with a team of CRNA's! I am so excited to talk to Dan, Hilary, and Ryan about their journey to becoming Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists, (CRNA's)!

We will discuss their path into nursing as well as nurse anesthesia, their experiences since becoming CRNA's, WHY they chose the CRNA path, how they are supporting fellow CRNA's with Nurse Anesthesia 101, and their work-life balance!

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Meet Dan

Dan is an experienced nurse anesthetist, entrepreneur and integral to the success of Nurse Anesthesia 101. His passions include elevating and transforming the nurse anesthesia profession through a multitude of entrepreneurial endeavors.

After a decade in the operating room he feels compelled to support qualified students and nurses in their pursuit of the coveted nurse anesthesia title. Shaped by thousands of hours precepting students in every speciality CRNAs practice within, Dan knows what truly is required for nurses to find success in anesthesia.

Dan’s unique background transitioning into nurse anesthesia from the business world serves our clientele incredibly well. His previous marketing and public relations career allows him to identify audience desires and apply Nurse Anesthesia 101’s mission to their professional goals. Connecting with nursing students and nurses passionately seeking higher education in the anesthesia arena drives

Dan’s pursuit of continuing a family-instilled value of helping others. Dan holds a MSN in Nurse Anesthesia from the Florida Hospital College of Health Sciences and a BS in Public Relations from the University of Florida. Outside of the operating room he can usually be found adventuring with Hilary and their two son’s, coaching youth baseball, relentlessly growing business endeavors with Ryan and exploring the beautiful waterways of Florida on his boat “Rapid Sequence.”

Meet Hilary

Hilary is one-third of Nurse Anesthesia 101 and offers a unique perspective to our organization. Her proven history of hard work, dedication and laser focus allows her to serve our clientele incredible well. She’s an incredible resource, expert in pediatric anesthesia and a logistical genius who truly cares for those we help.

Her unique perspective flourishes from a dichotomy of caring for pediatric patients and possessing a true passion for helping other women, especially mothers, navigate the vital decisions facing them as they pursue becoming a CRNA.

As a mother of two boys (three if we include Dan), she can relate to nurses and nursing students pursuing higher education. Additionally, she intimately understands the balance of prioritizing family life while pursuing the coveted CRNA title. This knowledge and real-life experience is paramount as she helps others accomplish their anesthesia goals.

Meet Ryan

Ryan completed his nurse anesthesia residency at Barry University and began practicing nurse anesthesia in 2015. Ryan is one of the most sought-after preceptors in his anesthesia group due to his knowledge base, critical care intuition, communication skills, and passion to educate. On any given shift, Ryan is educating nurse anesthesia students from both AdventHealth University and Florida State University.

The opportunity to develop a supportive platform, which caters to nurses and nursing students, fits seamlessly into Ryan’s strengths as an educator and mentor. Ryan regularly offers job shadowing to both ICU nurses and nursing students. During these specific experiences, he is often asked the big questions about the path to nurse anesthesia school. Watching ICU nurses that have shadowed him reach their full potential as CRNAs was the defining impetus that led to the development of Nurse Anesthesia 101.

The opportunities that exist within the Nurse Anesthesia 101 platform offer tangible benefits to Ryan’s clients. His ability to impart clarity is a vital component of his leadership expertise. Ryan’s professional background is diverse and expansive. Prior to pursuing a degree in nursing, he studied engineering at Virginia Tech, designed specifications and marketing for a publicly traded IT business, and also worked as a musician and recording artist. Ryan’s interest in nurse anesthesia was the reason he made the pivotal career move into nursing.

Having grown up in a family of nurses and healthcare professionals, Ryan learned of the CRNA profession and made this vital decision before taking his first pre-requisite nursing class.  Having an artistic and innovative mind, combined with a desire to teach others, Ryan envisioned the opportunity to create an interactive and supportive community of nurse anesthesia educators. This vision led to a partnership with his colleagues and friends, Dan and Hilary, and ultimately to the development of Nurse Anesthesia 101.