Point-of-Care Ultrasound (POCUS) is emerging as a critical and core skill that Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) should possess. CRNAs have the foundational knowledge, skills and abilities, which supplemented by professional development and life-long learning, provide the ability to use POCUS to guide patient care. Nurse anesthesia educational programs may incorporate POCUS education and training into their preparation of CRNAs for entry into practice. CRNAs may also engage in professional development and life-long learning to obtain and enhance their expertise in POCUS
John Shields, DNP, CRNA
John Shields is a cardiovascular and thoracic CRNA with over 30 years of clinical and leadership experience. His clinical practice involves transthoracic and transesophageal echocardiography along with Point-of-Care Ultrasound (POCUS). John is certified in cardiovascular ultrasound and has been teaching transthoracic/transesophageal echocardiography and other point-of-care applications since 2016. Publications include the AANA Journal, Journal of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Anesthesia, Anesthesia and Analgesia and Nursing Clinics of North America. POCUSLab offers a unique opportunity to blend his passion for teaching with the chance to make a difference in health care.
Michael Heck, MS, CRNA
Michael Heck is the Chief CRNA at The Medical Center in Bowling Green, Kentucky. He leads a practice that includes teams for acute pain and cardiothoracic anesthesia. He has extensive experience with ultrasound guided regional anesthesia (USGRA), TEE, vascular access and POCUS. He has lectured on transesophageal echocardiography, 3D echocardiography and USGRA. He continues to integrate his passion for POCUS into his role as a clinician and educator. He has been featured on the cover of the AANA Journal and published in Practical Pain Management. It is his hope that POCUSLab will provide advanced training to healthcare providers across the country.