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July 2019 CRNA of Distinction
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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 July 2019 CRNA of Distinction

Steven Cohen

 

 

Steven Cohen received his Nurse Anesthesia Certification in 1982 from Carney Hospital. He currently works as a staff CRNA at Newton Wellesley Hospital. Prior to nurse anesthesia school, he worked in the emergency department in several hospitals as a staff RN. Steven has a Bachelors Degree in Landscape Design from the University of MA Amherst. He is passionate about volunteering and has traveled to South America and Guatemala 20 times providing anesthesia for cleft lip/cleft palate surgery. He is also a member of TCCT (Federal Trauma and Critical Care Team) which responds to disasters throughout the world. Steven has been a certified member of the National Ski Patrol for nearly 50 years. Steven enjoys cycling, skiing, hiking, gardening and traveling to foreign countries. He currently lives in MA and VT.

 

Questionnaire

 

What made you choose CRNA as a career path?

I was studying landscape architecture and volunteer ski patrolling hence the medical introduction. I went to school 3 days and patrolled 4. I completed my studies and had a change of plans. Nursing. I completed nursing school in two years and decided emergency was the way to go. While working at a small hospital two CRNAs told to observe the practice. That was 1980 and I never looked back.

 

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

Chatting with my patients and developing a rapport with them and have them pleased with their anesthetic after they have awoken.

The worst?

Having to give someone anesthesia when I really can’t help them get better.

 

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

Dedicated

 

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

Have a pottery studio

 

What job would you be terrible at?

Psychologist

 

What would be the most amazing adventure to go on?

Around the world in a year

 

What small things make your day better?

When patients wake up to an anesthetic happy

 

What is your claim to fame?

I can repair almost anything and identify most trees, shrubs or flowers

 

What is the best single day on the calendar?

Thanksgiving with family

 

Most annoying question people ask you?

Why didn’t I become a doctor

 

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

Retirement and hopefully unlimited travel with my wife

 

What is the best way to start the day?

Stretching and having my dog at my side while doing that

 

What do you hope never changes?

My health

 

What movie or book title best describes your life?

Patch Adams

 

What are you most likely to become famous for?

Saving lives outside the hospital

 

What is the best compliment you’ve received?

Being nominated for CRNA of distinction

 

Who inspires you to be better?

My mother

 

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

Marriage, having children, losing my father, having a grandchild

 

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

Happy and sad

 

What is your favorite smell?

Balsam fir while hiking.

 

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

Monsieur Lafleur

 

What risks are worth taking?

Cycling downhill in Vermont at 45mph

 

What do you take for granted?

My health

 

What gets you fired up?

When people blatantly pollute the environment

 

What irrational fear do you have?

That I would become disabled

 

What is the last adventure you went on?

Cycling in Amsterdam and Belgium

 

What were some of the turning points in your life?

Ski Patrolling fulltime, going to nursing school and getting married

 

What are 3 interesting facts about you?

  1. I love being able to raise money for cancer researc either running 33 marathons or riding in the two day PMC
  2. Growing 100s of dahlias
  3. I cycle over 3000 miles in a year and not in the winter

What do you want to be remembered for?

All my humanitarian missions to third world countries

 

What is the best thing about you?

Always willing to lend a hand

 

What bends your mind every time you think about it?

That I can’t do things for people forever

 

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

  1. Travel the national parks
  2. Hike the long trail in Vermont
  3. Learn to speak Spanish fluently

What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned?

All things come to those who wait and if you work hard you will accomplish your goals


Riding the PMC

 

I'm a proud supporter of the PMC because it is leading a charge to beat cancer. In fact, last year 100% of rider-raised revenue went directly to support the Jimmy Fund and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute's tireless commitment to finding a cure. We have all been impacted by cancer in one form or another; whether it be a family member, a close friend or a work associate. Even the most minor forms of cancer impact our lives. The simple skin cancer which becomes a squamous cell carcinoma can be disfiguring and require multiple surgical procedures. I am riding this year to memorialize my friend Dr. Gene Aron who died a month before last year’s PMC from pancreatic cancer. I am also riding in memory of many of those who have passed on. We must find a cure and your donation, no matter how small, will make a difference in the fight of this devastating disease.

 

If you wish to sponsor my ride in August 2019 please go to:

www.PMC.org/egifts/sc0372

 

Thanks,

Steve

                                                                                                                                                                           

Visit the Past CRNA of Distinction Library to learn about previous recipients like Col. Brian Campbell, Trish Labieniec, CRNA, and Mike Storey. 

 

Inspired to share your story? Click here to complete a nomination form.

 

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