Shawna Martin blames her mother for her career choice. One of Campbell
County Health’s newest Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA)
was looking for a new challenge and the opportunity to do more with her
nursing background after seven years in ICU and coronary care. Her mom,
an Licensed Practical Nurse, had some ideas about how Shawna could learn
and grow in her profession. This lead first to a nine-month stint on a
Mercy Ship off the coast of Africa, working as a charge nurse and ICU
nurse on a surgical ship providing pre-op and post-op care in a third
world country; and then to a CRNA Master’s program at the University
of Akron in Akron, Ohio.
As a CRNA, Shawna uses the nursing approach to patient care, learning the
patient’s unique history and developing an individual plan of care.
She says each patient is different, and the challenges of pain control,
avoiding post-anesthesia illness, and most importantly, safely and efficiently
inducing, maintaining, and emerging each individual patient from anesthesia,
can be an intricate puzzle.
Shawna and her husband Jeff enjoy hiking and camping, and both are certified
scuba divers. Right now they’re concentrating on getting settled
in Gillette and welcoming their first child in just a few weeks.
Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) are advanced practice registered
nurses who administer approximately 40 million anesthetics to patients
in the United States each year. CRNAs are the primary providers of anesthesia
care in rural America, enabling healthcare facilities in medically underserved
areas to offer obstetrical, surgical, and trauma stabilization services.
When anesthesia is administered by a nurse anesthetist, it is recognized
as the practice of nursing; when administered by an anesthesiologist,
it is recognized as the practice of medicine. CRNAs and anesthesiologists
work together as a team at CCH to provide exceptional patient care in
Campbell County Memorial Hospital's
Surgical Services department and at the
Powder River Surgery Center.