Beyond the Mask: Tackling Diversity Recruitment in Nurse Anesthesia Programs

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Class A Credits: 0.5

Format: Audio

Run time: 37 mins

Course Launch Date: 4/27/20

Course Expires: 2/20/23

The nurse anesthesia profession hasn’t traditionally been a field known for its diversity but that’s something leaders are trying to change. At the forefront is Dr. Courtney Brown at Wake Forest. She joins Sharon and Jeremy to discuss the importance of recruiting people from all backgrounds to nurse anesthesia and what’s being done to make that happen.


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  • Explain the scope of the problem of diversity in the nurse anesthesia profession through the use of one comparable health-related profession.
  • Describe 3 ways to engage and promote diversity and inclusion individually or within any institution/organization.
  • List 3 to 5 activities that any nurse anesthesia program or individual could institute to promote diversity and inclusion.

Courtney Brown, PhD, CRNA, CHSE

PhD, CRNA, CHSE

Dr. Courtney Brown is the Associate Director for Didactic Education and Assistant Professor at the Wake Forest Nurse Anesthesia Program. She serves as a Director of Peer Support Services for the Wake Forest Health System. She is a pioneer in the effort to improve healthcare diversity and inclusion within nurse anesthesia, and presented the first Goldie B. Brangman Diversity and Inclusion Lecture at the AANA Congress in 2018.



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.



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.


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