When I was 8 years old, I wanted to be an astronaut. As a teenager, I couldn't ride the a roller coaster without feeling ill. At that point, a future career in flying to the stars proved unpromising, so I decided to approach it from a different angle. I began my college career as a student of aerospace engineering. I did well but, in my sophomore year, I had an experience that changed the rest of my life: I had my wisdom teeth removed. I remember my overwhelming fear at the thought of surgery. Flashbacks of my own mask induction as a child played in my mind, the panic so overwhelming that four-year-old Diane bit the doctor (I was a feisty one). I was too old to bite anyone now, but somehow that made me feel worse! But then a nurse anesthetist named Mike came to the rescue. He explained the anesthetic process, calmed my fears, and had me laughing. Before I knew it, Mike said, "Sweet dreams", and I drifted off to sleep.
How cool was that? Mike knew the exact moment I would fall asleep. At the ripe old age of 20, I thought that impressed me so much I changed my major--and I never looked back.
Two decades later, I can say without reservation I made the right choice. I may not have realized my dreams of flying to the stars but, every day, I get to fly my patients to 'sweet dreams', answer their questions and, like Mike, calm their fears.
2015-Present: PeDIA, LLC
1999-2017: Dominion Anesthesia
1996-1999: Potomac Anesthesia Associates
1995-1996: Kaiser Permanente Inc.
1992-1994: Medical University of South Carolina, MHS
& Certificate in Nurse Anesthesia
1982-1987: State University of New York at Buffalo, BSN
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