Beyond the Mask Podcast – The Importance of Getting Involved

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Class A Credits: 0.5

Format: Audio

Run time: 30 mins

Course Launch Date: 4/27/20

Course Expires: 2/20/23

There is a lot of discussion about the importance of community within the CRNA profession. This podcast will take it a step further by discussing how and why you should get involved. There are many varying levels of involvement, and CRNA, Joe Rodrigues, will help you understand what your participation means to the industry.

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  • The learner will understand legislative and regulatory issues that are faced at the state level.

Jeremy Stanley, CFP, AIF

 President and Founder, CRNA Financial Planning

Jeremy Stanley is the president and founder of CRNA Financial Planning ® , an AANA Member Advantage Program Partner. For more than two decades, he has been helping CRNAs utilize their career paths to pursue their dreams. As a member of the Wake Forest Baptist Health Nurse Anesthesia Program Advisory Committee, as well as a Public Trustee to the AANA Foundation, Jeremy stays abreast of the ever-evolving healthcare landscape as well as the political issues that affect CRNAs.

Joseph Rodrigues, CRNA


A Pennsylvania native, Joseph has practicing anesthesia since 2012. After finishing his anesthesia training at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, Joseph began his practice in Phoenix, Arizona, gaining extensive experience in anesthesia care for the elderly as well as upper extremity and lower extremity regional anesthesia.   Joseph currently practices in Prescott, Arizona, and oversees anesthesia services for numerous facilities throughout Northern Arizona.  Joseph is the Medical Director at Tri-City Surgery Center.  In his various roles, Joseph has lead facility teams to implement standardized processes for preoperative screening and evaluation for outpatient surgery, and helped to establish new surgical service lines, including total joint arthroplasty.

Joseph has been involved in his local community since his youth, becoming an Eagle Scout, and remains involved in his professional association at the state and national level.  

Sharon Pearce,  MSN, CRNA

Sharon graduated from the Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Hospital Nurse Anesthesia program in 1992. She resides in North Carolina and currently works as a staff anesthetist for a CRNA owned group, Carolina Anesthesia & Associates. Professional service includes being a past President of the North Carolina Association of Nurse Anesthetists. She served three years on the AANA (American Association of Nurse Anesthetists) Public Relations (PR) committee and did Media Training for state associations in conjunction with the AANA Senior Director of Strategic Communications, Chris Bettin. Sharon was the producer of the AANA PR award-winning video, “The Best Kept Secret in Healthcare.” She chaired the Government Relations Committee of the AANA in 2009-2010 and has been a registered lobbyist for many years with legislative involvement for over 19 years. Board of Director service at the national level of the AANA has included Region 2 Director, Vice President, President-Elect, and President in 2014-2015.