Children’s Book Encourages African American Boys to Pursue Careers as Nurses
A new children’s book targeting young African American boys to encourage them pursue careers as Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNA) has been launched. It spotlighting an African American male nurse as the main character.
The book, “The Super CRNA” by Crystal Grant and Everett Moss II, two African American CRNAs, released on Juneteenth 2020, serves as the introduction to a children’s book series that will highlight the CRNA profession.
The field of nurse anesthesia is a hidden secret and a predominately white male profession. Only 1.3% of nurse anesthetists are African American.
“During his summer vacation, Ty and his Pops find themselves in an emergency situation. At the hospital, Ty meets a real-life superhero – a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist named Mike,” reads the description.
The Super CRNA gives a small glimpse into what a CRNA does and teaches children what to do in an emergency at home while also affirming that there are men in nursing and, more specifically, black male nurses.
“It highlights the profession, lets young readers know that superheroes come in all different shades and sizes, and lets boys know they can be nurses too,” Grant said.
Moss, a Registered Nurse Anesthetist doctoral student at Emory University, serves as the face of Mike. He is currently 1 out of 20 nurses in the nation who hold the number of certifications he does. They include BSN, SRNA, NRP, CCRN, CEN, TCRN, CFRN CPEN, CTRN.
“Collaborating with him to write the introduction and be the “face” of Mike the CRNA is the true definition of representation matters,” Grant said.
Crystal Grant, MSN, CRNA, APRN, has been a Registered Nurse since 2002 when she graduated from North Carolina A&T State University. She has been a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist since 2013 when she graduated from Rutgers University in Newark, NJ. This is the third book she has authored and self-published. She is currently a CRNA in Chicopee, MA.
Everett Moss II, BSN, SRNA, NRP, CCRN, CEN, TCRN, CFRN CPEN, CTRN, is a Registered Nurse Anesthetist doctoral student at Emory University in Atlanta, GA. He has been a firefighter, a paramedic, an intensive care unit nurse, and has recently deployed on several Covid-19 crisis unit assignments. He is a family man, a leader in his community, and a great representation of the nursing profession.
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