NH CRNA Spotlight of the Month

Do you know a CRNA who elevates your practice or impacts the patients they serve? How is your practice, your patients, or your world a bit better because of this person’s actions? Have you ever wanted to show your appreciation for someone who deserves special recognition for the work they do everyday to better our profession? With the CRNA Spotlight, you can do just that. Nominate your colleagues, staff, or someone you feel deserves a moment in the “Spotlight” for contributing to our profession. A different CRNA will be featured monthly on the NHANA website and social media.

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NH CRNA Spotlight of the Month

December Spotlight – Connie Lynne Lorette, PhD, CRNA, APRN

Dr. Connie Lorette is an Associate Professor of Nurse Anesthesia at Northeastern University Boston, Massachusetts. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from Rivier College, her Master of Science degree from Northeastern University and her Ph.D. from Boston College. Dr. Lorette practiced as a cardiac nurse anesthetist at Catholic Medical Center in Manchester, NH for 27 years. She currently works with Amoskeag Anesthesia also located in Manchester, NH. Dr. Lorette presents at the local, national and international levels in her area of expertise, namely cardiac anesthesia and patient blood management. Her research interests are in postoperative neurocognitive changes associated with cardiac surgery and perioperative blood transfusion strategies. In addition Dr. Lorette is interested in the management of patients with heart failure with or without LVAD undergoing non-cardiac surgery. Dr. Lorette is a Board member of the New Hampshire Association of Nurse Anesthetists and a member of the Society for Advancement of Patient Blood Management. In addition, she is a Board member of the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Derry.

Why did you join the NHANA Board of Directors?

Service is a valuable and meaningful component of my academic and professional responsibilities. I view service as an opportunity to build strong relationships within the nurse anesthesia profession and the community at-large. Moreover, encouraging my students’ engagement in their learning and the community with a focus on diversity, equity and inclusion is a central part of my commitment to service. Supporting students’ professional and personal growth is essential for the future of the nurse anesthesia profession.

8 Quick Question to Get to Know you Better…

1. Top 3 hobbies/interests outside of work?
Wine tasting, golfing, paddle boarding

2. Favorite thing to do in NH?
It’s a tie between boating on Newfound and Sunapee Lakes, and heading to Portsmouth Brewery for beer tastings and curry mussels.

3. Mountains or Seacoast?

4. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
Martha’s ineyard

5. Hardest anesthesia concept in school to figure out?
Universal Gas Law

6. Pedi or Adults?

7. CRNA you look up too? WHY?
Janet Dewan – Janet has been educating nurse anesthetists for more than 40 years and is recognized nationally and internationally as an educator and humanitarian. She quietly and intentionally leads and molds all of us by example and is always focused on the patient and the learner. Janet travels to both Rwanda and Liberia at least once a year (each destination) to teach and provide anesthesia services. She is committed to improving health and the training of health professionals around the globe. Moreover, she is committed decreasing disparity in surgical access and safety for all health systems. Janet is a selfless, dedicated and influential leader in nursing.

8. Top 3 bucket lists items?

  • Ride an elephant in India
  • Ride in a hot air balloon
  • Wine, cooking, truffles, and chocolate in Umbria

One piece of advice you’d like to impart to future CRNA’s?

Be empowered to be a strong patient advocate and be committed to promoting a positive work environment. Be enthusiastic and feel valued in your work. Be inspired to work with greater vision.