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Ep 61: NCANA History with Cathy Briggs, CRNA

February 20, 2020

The state of North Carolina is fortunate enough to have Cathy Briggs, CRNA, documenting the history of the organization as well as the profession for the NCANA. She joins us today to look back on the lessons learned through the years, the important legal battles, and the people who have influenced the most.


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Today's rundown: 

1:33 – We’re recording at the NCANA meeting in Wilmington.

2:16 – Today we’re joined by Cathy Briggs, historian for NCANA.  

2:38 – How did you get involved in this role?

3:49 – Kathy being given the lifetime achievement award from the NCANA.

4:24 – What are some of the important things in our history that we can learn from?

6:21 – 50% of all CRNAs are going to retire in the next 10 years.

6:50 – How strong is the NCANA?

7:33 – Looking back on some of the legal battles North Carolina has faced.

9:11 – North Carolina has used strong advertising efforts to create awareness for the industry.

11:37 – Who has influenced the history of the NCANA the most?

12:48 – Cathy is seeing a trend that current students aren’t as aware of the association as past generations.

15:18 – Has there been much collaboration between other advanced nursing professionals?

16:22 – What can we do to encourage SRNAs?

21:16 – Tell us more about what’s happening with legislation.  

22:42 – Some history on when the NCANA was formed.

24:44 – What would Cathy be doing if she wasn’t a CRNA?

26:14 – Final message from Cathy on staying involved.  

29:09 – Cathy recalls a message she heard years ago that sticks with her today.