In honor of National CRNA Week, we’re highlighting a few of our TANA members. Meet student member Courtney E. Yamber. Here’s her story about how she came to live in and love Tennessee, what she likes most about providing anesthesia care to patients, and her advice for her fellow SRNAs.
Courtney E. Yamber
I am a junior SRNA at the University of Tennessee Knoxville class of 2016. My choice to become a UT Volunteer may be hard to believe as I am a native Floridian and BSN graduate of the University of Florida Gators. However, the University of Tennessee is a perfect fit for me; I love my school, my professors, my classmates and the endless opportunities that are molding me into a future CRNA. I have also fallen for the state of Tennessee as my new home; I love the mountains and cooler weather with the change of seasons. This move to Tennessee is permanent.
Prior to pursuing my dream of becoming a CRNA, I worked as a nurse for UF Health at Shands in Gainesville, Florida, on the Burn ICU. I am excited to join a field that is so patient-focused in such critical situations. Procedures requiring anesthesia can be especially frightening and disconcerting for both the patient and their loved ones. As a SRNA I am learning to independently provide attentive anesthesia with the utmost importance directed towards patient safety, as well as developing trust and security with my patients to ease their uncertainties and fears. I encourage future SRNAs to pursue the career of CRNA with passion and boldness and to be steadfast in your search for knowledge and desire to care for the patients who need you most.