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Mike MacKinnon MSN FNP-C CRNA


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I am a former Trauma Flight RN now a Family Nurse Practitioner and a Nurse Anesthetist (CRNAs). I can help answer questions on the CRNA profession and clinical anesthesia. I work full time as an independent practice CRNA and have a special interest in regional anesthesia, particularly peripheral nerve blocks. I also teach ultrasound regional anesthesia and lecture all over the country. If I do not know the answer, I will find it for you.

Experience in the area

I am a Family Nurse Practitioner and a Nurse Anesthetist who works as an independent/autonomous practitioner. There are often questions about my profession and I would like to offer the service of an actual CRNA. If you did not know, there are about 40000 of us which equates to 50% of the anesthesia providers in the USA today. I also lecture and teach ultrasound regional anesthesia all over the country.


AANA (American Association of Nurse Anesthetists)
IARS (International Anesthesia Research Society) AANP (American Association of Nurse Practitioners)


Air Medical Transport Journal
OutPatient Surgery Magazine


Bachelors of Science in Nursing
Masters in Nursing
Family Nurse Practitioner
Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA)

Awards and Honors

Excellence in anesthesia education award

What do you like about this subject?

I love anesthesia and I am proud to be a Nurse Anesthetist. Taking care of patients who need surgery is an exceptionally amazing experience. It is a level of trust which humbles me daily.

What do you still hope to achieve/learn in this field?

There is a VAST array I hope to and will learn about anesthesia. It is called the 'practice' of anesthesia for a reason, we are continually learning and refining what we do in the best interest of our patients.

Something interesting about this subject that others may not know:

- Nurse anesthetists (CRNA) can work independently without Anesthesiologists (and often do)
- CRNAs make up 50% of all anesthesia providers in the USA
- CRNAs are the primary anesthesia providers in rural America
- We have the same scope of practice in the OR as Anesthesiologists
- Surgeons who work with independent CRNAs are no more liable than working with Anesthesiologists

Something controversial or provocative about this subject

There are alot of politics which surround the practice of anesthesia. There is often friction between professional groups because of this. The reality is that truth often lies somewhere in the middle. I am here to help examine that truth as needed.

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Recent Answers from Mike MacKinnon MSN FNP-C CRNA

2016-10-20 Anesthesia machine:

Hi there    Thanks for the question.      "there is no O2 sensor where it should be - just the cap"     This is not standard nor is it acceptable because as you note one cannot check the machine.    "they

2016-08-09 LP and blood patch:

Hi there    Sorry that your sister is having this pain!    To answer your questions:    1) Back pain at the site of insertion is not uncommon. Also, if there was any degree of air injected that can cause

2016-06-24 work life balance:

Hi there    Thanks for the question!    I will answer your questions in succession!    "like say can you do 3-12 hr shifts for full time?"    The answer is that it depends on the practice that you work

2016-03-12 Where to study:

Hi Nadine    To my knowledge there are no CRNA schools in South Africa but you can check it out on the International Federation of Nurse Anesthetists website and they might be able to direct you to more

2016-02-29 methemoglobinemia:

Hi there    Thanks for the question!      It impacts the whole body! Methemoglobinemia (congenital or acquired) occurs when red blood cells (RBCs) contain methemoglobin at levels higher than 1%. Methemoglobin


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