When you look at areas of the nurse anesthesia profession that need improvement, diversity would be near the top of that list. Thanks to Dr. Lena Gould, EdD, CRNA, FAAN, there’s a mentorship program in place that is helping facilitate entry into the profession for people of color. Today we’ll spotlight that work that’s being done, share Dr. Gould’s incredible journey to this point, and discuss ways to keep increasing diversity in the operating room.
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What we discuss on this episode:
2:17 – Welcome our guest today, Lena Gould.
6:47 – Her first trip to an AANA annual meeting
9:26 – How education saved her during homelessness
14:54 – HRSA grant
18:58 – The beginning of the diversity and mentorship program
23:49 – How she found out about nurse anesthesia
27:47 – Stats on nurses of color
31:38 – Financial barrier to entry
38:33 – An equity issue
40:18 – Lightning Round