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 May 2019 CRNA of Distinction

Mike Storey, CRNA

Mike Storey graduated with a degree in Biology from St. Michael’s College in 1996.  He received his BSN from Northeastern in 2000 and worked at Massachusetts General Hospital in the Transplant and Burn ICU’s.  Mike graduated from Northeastern Universities Nursing Anesthesia Program in 2004 and earned his Doctorate of Nursing Practice from Northeastern University in 2012.  He has worked as a CRNA at several facilities in Eastern Massachusetts and currently works at North Shore Medical Center as CRNA in Mass General’s Anesthesia Department.  In addition to his hospital-based work he is a member of a US Department of Health and Human Services, National Disaster Medical System disaster response team.  Mike has deployed multiple times to disasters throughout the country and internationally where health care infrastructure has been impacted.  Additionally, he has served in multiple leadership positions at work as well as in MANA including MANA President, MANA Board of Directors, MANA Federal Political Director, and the AANA Nominating Committee.

Mike lives in Beverly with his wife Jessica and two cats.  When he isn’t working, he and Jess enjoy sailing, scuba diving, and traveling.



What made you choose CRNA as a career path?  I had a bit of a circuitous route to becoming a CRNA.  I originally went to school for biology where I volunteered on an ambulance then worked on a critical care ambulance with a RN after college.  I decided to go to nursing school after working with the Critical Care Nurse, Ray Scolllin, on the ambulance for a few years.  While working as an RN a friend of mine told me he was in graduate school to be a CRNA.  I asked him what a CRNA was and what the schooling was like.  It was appealing to me and I was looking to advance my career, so I applied and now here I am.


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

Best: My colleagues, the critical thinking necessary to do a great job, helping people through a challenging time. 

Worst: Bad outcomes and seeing people in pain.


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

I would answer tall, my wife, Jessica, would answer humbly.  


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

 I’d learn to fly a helicopter.


What job would you be terrible at?



What would be the most amazing adventure to go on?

Sail around the world with Jess and spending a while in the islands of the South Pacific.


What small things make your day better?

Seeing the sunrise in the morning and set in the evening, a few moments of solitude outdoors.  


What is your claim to fame?

I am in the Western Shelter Systems catalog.


What is the best single day on the calendar?

The day I start vacation.


Most annoying question people ask you?

Do you play basketball?


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

Traveling to interesting places and exploring different cultures, driving through the Empty Quarter and sailing someplace far away.


What is the best way to start the day?

With coffee.


What do you hope never changes?

My positive outlook.


What movie or book title best describes your life?

“The Innocents Abroad”


What are you most likely to become famous for?

That’s a tough one. I’m pretty sure it won’t be for my good looks.


What is the best compliment you’ve received?

A person I know was going through a tough time about 15 or so years ago.  I was supportive and tried to help them through it.  Over the years as our lives got busy, we lost touch.  Within the past year, they wrote to me out of the blue thanking me for helping them through that time in their life.


Who inspires you to be better?

No one person in particular.  Just seeing people do good things for and be kind to others makes me want to be a better person.


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

  • Growing up with good, supportive and loving parents and a brother has had the greatest influence on who I am.
  • Working for the National Disaster Medical System I see a lot of tragedy when I get deployed, this has changed the way I view people in need and has given a greater appreciation for how lucky I am.
  • Getting cancer (I’m 6 yrs. out and fine) has made me more empathetic and altered my view of healthcare and those accessing the healthcare system.
  • Traveling throughout the world with Jess has changed the way I view myself, others, as well as different cultures.


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

Kind people and people I’d prefer to not be around.


What is your favorite smell?

Fresh vanilla beans


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

Serge Bongo (I just like the sound of it)


What risks are worth taking?

I think this is situational for many things.  But expressing how you feel towards others when you are unsure of the response and helping others when it could impact you negatively are risks that are generally worth taking.


What do you take for granted?

Probably my family.


What gets you fired up?

People taking credit for the work of others.


What irrational fear do you have?

Luckily, I don’t really have any. 


What is the last adventure you went on?

Driving and camping in the mountains and desert in Oman.


What were some of the turning points in your life?

  • Meeting my wife
  • Volunteering on an ambulance throughout college
  • Becoming a nurse then CRNA
  • Working with my disaster team


What are 3 interesting facts about you?

  • I took beginner ballet to get the one credit I needed to graduate from college (I went to school for biology prior to nursing),
  • I have jumped out of an airplane and almost been in an airplane accident
  • I have been scuba diving all over the world.


What do you want to be remembered for?

That I was a decent human being.


What is the best thing about you?

I’m even-tempered and can be quite funny.


What bends your mind every time you think about it?

The ability of Flamboyant Cuttlefish and other cephalopods to change color.


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

Retire (17 years till I can collect social security!), sail to the Caribbean (10 years or so), spend as much time with friends and family as I can (I can do this now!)


What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned?

You can’t make people happy, they must do it themselves.


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