In the latest installment of our Courage to Lead series, we spend some time with Dick Ouellette, CRNA, MEd, who was a two-term president of the AANA. During his time serving in that capacity, Ouellette helped reinvigorate the profession by focusing on education standards and had a heavy involvement in direct reimbursement coming to pass.
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2:43 – Our special guest today is Dick Ouellette, CRNA
3:17 – Give us some highlights from your two terms as AANA President.
4:46 – The second thing he was interested in at the time.
6:19 – Where he was focused during the second term.
7:18 – Why were joint committees so important to Dick at the time?
10:39 – Direct reimbursement’s beginning and how it progressed during his term.
16:42 – What’s the significance of direct reimbursement?
19:18 – What would it look like today if direct reimbursement didn’t happen?
23:48 – Education was a big concern for Dick. What was the response when he wanted to increase requirements?
28:08 – Dick shares a great story about Sandy and education.
28:33 – Moving to 1990 and the commission that formed.
33:06 – The thing that Dick feels we’re lacking the most today.
36:39 – If Dick could pick one other profession, what would it be?