CRNA of Distinction

We recognize that our diverse members work hard and dedicate themselves in exemplary ways and we want to celebrate you! The MANA "CRNA of Distinction" honors members with outstanding dedication to the CRNA profession. "CRNAs of Distinction" are featured on the MANA website, via email and in the MANA e-newsletter.  Nominate yourself, a peer, or an employee who has gone above and beyond to be a MANA "CRNA of Distinction". Click here to complete a nomination form. 


MANA's June 2019 CRNA of Distinction

Junior Senat, CRNA

Junior Senat, CRNA received his master's in nurse anesthesia in 2013 from the Interamerican University of Puerto Rico. He currently works as a staff CRNA at Falmouth Hospital in Cape Cod. Prior to nurse anesthesia school, he has worked in many areas of critical care at MassGeneral Hospital, Emory University Hospital, Atlanta Medical Center, University of Miami Hospital as staff and other hospitals in California as a critical care travel nurse. 

Junior is a veteran of United States Army. He spent a year in Iraq during the Iraq Freedom War in 2004. He has a passion for global health. Junior has done many medical-surgical humanitarian missions in Haiti, El Salvador, Belize, Dominican Republic and Guatemala. He does some community work with The Haitian Health Professionals Network, Black Nurses Rock New England Chapter and The Diversity in Nurse Anesthesia Mentorship Program. He currently serves on the committee of Government Relations for MANA.

Junior practices Bikram Yoga and enjoys running, kayaking, hiking, gardening, and a lot of traveling in many countries. He currently lives in Falmouth in Cape Cod.  


What made you choose CRNA as a career path?

I was in the Army Reserve and went to Iraq in 2004. I worked side by side with some CRNAs. That is what first inspired me to be a CRNA. A couple years later while I was working in a MICU at Emory University Hospital, my nurse manager suggested that I go to CRNA school. I never heard of a CRNA before because It was the best kept secret in nursing.


From your experience, what are the best things about being a CRNA?  The worst?

Best Things: 

  • Be able to help others
  • Make people feel comfortable during the surgical journey 
  • A big smile of my patients face next time I see them around town 


  • Pain and Post Op Nausea and vomiting

Using a single word or short phrase, how would you describe yourself?



If money/time was no issue, what hobby would you get into?

Travel while doing humanitarian missions


What job would you be terrible at?

Chef. I can't follow these recipes 


What would be the most amazing adventure to go on?

Backpacking and hiking Mt Kilimanjaro 


What small things make your day better?

Music as soon as I wake up. I would dance and smile all day if I could.


What is your claim to fame?

My personality and sensitivity


What is the best single day on the calendar?

Summer BBQ with family and friends


Most annoying question people ask you?

Why didn’t you go to medical school


What are your most looking forward to in the next 10 years?

Hopefully debt-free from mortgage and student loan so I can travel more.


What is the best way to start the day?

A nice morning run by the beach before I start my day. That is the perk of living in Cape Cod.


What do you hope never changes?

My love for people, nature, and animals


What movie or book title best describes your life?

Any which way but loose


What are you most likely to become famous for?

Gratitude for little things in life. 


What is the best compliment you’ve received?

While I was a traveling ICU nurse in California, an elderly patient told me that I was handsome right before she coded and died from a pulmonary embolism in front of her family. Her daughter still refers to me as her mother’s handsome friend on Facebook


Who inspires you to be better?

My parents and brothers. It takes a village to raise a child so everyone around inspires me.


What are some of the events in your life that made you who you are?

  • Growing up in Haiti 
  • Boot Camp in the Army 
  • Nursing and CRNA school graduations 
  • Year deployment to Iraq 
  • Travel experiences around the world 
  • Living in many cities and states in the USA and abroad 
  • Medical missions in different countries


There are 2 types of people in this world. What are the 2 types?

Type A and Type B. I am Type C.


What is your favorite smell?

Lavender peppermint


If you had to change your name, what would you change it to?

Everyone in my unit while in Iraq had a nickname. Mine was “Haitian sensation”. I think I would keep it.


What risks are worth taking?

Loving and Leaving


What do you take for granted?



What gets you fired up?



What irrational fear do you have?

If I do drugs, I will die IMMEDIATELY


What is the last adventure you went on?

I was in Guatemala for a surgical humanitarian mission then we explore the old town and eating greasy yummy local street food.


What were some of the turning points in your life?

  • Backpacking in Italy 
  • US Army 
  • Loss of family members and friends 
  • Medical missions


What are 3 interesting facts about you?

  1. I don’t swim even though I grew up in the Caribbean 
  2. I was a dental assistant first in the Army 
  3. I can be a day or night person

What do you want to be remembered for?



What is the best thing about you?

I fully respect everyone. Life is a puzzle. We all contribute to the puzzle.


What bends your mind every time you think about it?

Airplanes. Something so big and heavy that can stay up in the air. I cant 


What are the top 3 things you want to accomplish before you die? How close are you to accomplishing them?

  1. Take a couple of months off to travel around the world at 50. I am 47 now. 
  2. Learning how to knit so I can have something to do in the nursing home. 
  3. Drink more water. It is hard to do since I am in the operating room.

What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned?

Be careful of the toe you are stepping on today, it might be attached to an ass you have to kiss tomorrow. 


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