Member Spotlight: Shawn Seifert

Throughout the 2020 Maryland legislative session we will highlight the work of Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) across the state of Maryland. This week we asked Maryland Association of Nurse Anesthetists (MANA) member Shawn Seifert several questions about his background and the lifesaving role that CRNAs have in Marylander’s healthcare.

How many years have you been a CRNA? 16 years

Which CRNA program did you attend? Georgetown University

What is your practice focus? I practice throughout Maryland and DC

Where do you work? Medstar Medical Group Anesthesiology

Why did you become a CRNA and/or why is the CRNA profession important? I first pursued anesthesia with the intention of being an anesthesiologist. Then in nursing school, I learned about CRNAs and discovered why we’re the best kept secret in healthcare. I immediately pivoted to become a nurse anesthetist.

How do CRNAs impact the lives of Marylanders? By providing safe, quality and sustainable care, CRNAs are integral in keeping Maryland healthy.

How involved are CRNA's in everyday delivery healthcare to patients? Significantly. Whether practicing within an ACT or providing care with a surgeon or dentist as the collaborator, CRNAs deliver anesthesia in all settings.

How does MANA impact you and the CRNA Profession? MANA is our voice at the state level. They protect and promote our practice and are the bedrock upon which our profession is built. Their support of education and research, training and networking for members, and legislative efforts at the state and federal level make MANA indispensable.

For someone who has no clue what a CRNA does. What would you tell them? CRNAs provide well documented safe and cost efficient care. They will forever be part of the solution for anesthesia care now and in the future.

Why should supporting CRNAs be a nonpartisan issue? CRNAs provide well documented safe and cost efficient care. They will forever be part of the solution for anesthesia care now and in the future.

How many times have you administered Anesthesia this month or year? I administered at least 500 anesthetics directly in 2019.