Meet Andrew Rice, another one of our outstanding SRNA student members! Read about how his previous experience in the medical field helped prepare him for his role as a future CRNA and how he’s aligned his career path with his faith and convictions.
Hello! My name is Andrew Rice, and I am a senior SRNA at Union University in Jackson, TN. Before I began my education at Union, I was a board certified Acute Care Nurse Practitioner and a charge nurse in the Surgical Intensive Care Unit at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Nashville, TN.
In my search for an anesthesia school, I wanted to find a program that combined the best anesthesia training with a Christian worldview. I knew I was where I belonged within a few minutes of meeting the faculty at Union. During my time at Union, I have had opportunities and experiences that will forever impact my life and future practice as a CRNA. I was able to travel to the Dominican Republic for the annual Union University Nurse Anesthesia Mission Trip. While in the Dominican Republic, I had the unique opportunity of not only providing anesthesia, but performing minor surgery and primary medical care to those in need. I have also attended the AANA Mid-Year Assembly in Washington, D.C. and have been a member of the TANA-PAC and TANA Government Relations Committees.
As a SRNA, I am developing my ability to become an autonomous anesthesia provider as I look forward to my upcoming graduation. Current and future students, I encourage you to be involved in your state nurse anesthesia association and become vigilant anesthesia providers because you are the future of anesthesia care today!