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

May Student Spotlight – Simi Isola, RN

Simi Isola is a skilled nurse who specializes in cardiac SICU care. She has over ten years of experience working in the Washington metropolitan area. In her free time, Simi volunteers with a not-for-profit organization that educates asthmatic youths aged 8 to 12 about managing their condition and reducing the need for emergency medical care. In 2023, she started her journey to become a nurse anesthetist by enrolling as a DNP student at Northeastern University (NEU). As an active member of the community, Simi serves as the Outreach Leader of the NEU Student Nurse Anesthesia Association. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her nieces and nephews and is proud to be a role model for her younger family members.

Why did you join the board?

I am constantly exploring various avenues to determine how I can significantly impact patient care. The nurse anesthesia community is relatively small, and it requires ongoing involvement from individuals to continue the progress made within the profession. As an NEU student, I have access to ANA organizations in Massachusetts and surrounding states. The NHANA organization is intimate, which is an advantage. I want to learn about its operations as a student by observing the leaders around me firsthand.

Getting to Know Simi…

1. Top 3 hobbies/interests outside of work?
I enjoy engaging in various hands-on creative activities such as photography, music/film creation, and artwork.

2. Favorite thing to do?
Exploring new restaurants.

3. Mountains or Seacoast?
I am a big city girl with a tropical background. Seacoast 100%.

4. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
Home is where the heart is, and my heart is at home. I love DC and everything it comes with, except the weather. My ideal place is DC with LA weather!

5. Hardest anesthesia concept in school to figure out?
TBD. I’ll let you know in 2026 once Dr. Lorette hands me my diploma.

6. Pedi or Adults?
Although we have not started clinicals, as an RN, I have primarily worked with adults throughout my career. I also spent a few years working as a Neonatal ICU nurse, and I can honestly say that it was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. The precious babies I worked with during that time hold a very special place in my heart.

7. CRNA you look up too? WHY?
All NEU providers exhibit an awe-inspiring level of compassion and drive through their collective experiences.

8. Top 3 bucket lists items?

  1. Financial freedom
  2. World travel eating amazing food and experiencing different cultures
  3. Learn a third language, fluently