Featured Clinician: Patti Alexander, CRNA

Posted on Tue, Jan 26, 2016
Featured Clinician: Patti Alexander, CRNA

It’s National CRNA Week, and we’re recognizing some of our anesthesia superstars! Meet Patti Alexander, CRNA at CHRISTUS Spohn Hospital Corpus Christi - Memorial.

Years with EmCare: 15 years

Years practicing medicine: 23 as a CRNA

Why did you decide to become a CRNA? A man whom I looked up to at church told me about his rewarding career, so I looked in to it.

What career did you want to pursue when you were younger? As a child, I wanted to be a stewardess. As a teen, I wanted to be a dentist.

Describe one of your greatest professional accomplishments. My greatest professional accomplishment isn’t mine only, but is shared with my fellow CRNAs and surgical team, saving lives.

What would be your ideal category on “Jeopardy”? Dog Breeds

How do you stay organized at work? Organization at work has become a habit over the years.

What are your tips for “leaving work at work” and not getting burned out professionally? I do take my work home with me, but by talking and praying about those in tragic situations, I defuse.

How are you “making healthcare work better”? By taking a genuine interest in those I care for.

What’s the best advice you’ve received about work or life? Treat others as you want to be treated.

What do you enjoy outside of work? Being outdoors, whether mowing a lawn, hiking, boating or traveling

What’s your favorite inspirational quote? “Think the best of each other, especially of those you say you love. Assume the good and doubt the bad” by Jeffrey R. Holland

Tell us something that most people at work don't know about you. My brother and I overhauled an engine together. I love mechanics!

What are you currently reading? “Plunder and Deceit” by Mark Levine

What’s your favorite TV show? “Person of Interest”

What personal accomplishment are you most proud of? My three children

For more information about CRNA careers, visit the Careers section of our website.

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