Wellness and Substance Use Disorder Education and Research

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The AANA Peer Assistance Advisors and Health and Wellness committees strongly recommend that each and every CRNA and SRNA be aware of the occupational risk for substance use disorder and benefits of maintaining person well-being for personal and patient safety.

See also Substance Use Disorder and Research and Published Resources pages. 

Making Lemonade: One CRNA's Story of Addiction and Recovery

Making Lemonade: One CRNA's Story of Addiction and Recovery from AANA on Vimeo.

This video is offered to all CRNAs and student nurse anesthetists with the goal to raise awareness of the need to identify the signs and behaviors of impaired colleagues to get help for substance use disorder (SUD). This Jan Stewart lecture was filmed at the 2014 Nurse Anesthesia Annual Congress in Orlando, Fla. Twelve years after Jan Stewart’s death, Anita Bertrand was the first CRNA to reveal addiction to a national audience. Anita's hope for sharing her compelling personal story is to bring greater realization to the reality of addiction and convey a message that provides encouragement for all nurse anesthesia professionals to help others find treatment and recovery; the hijacked addicted brain is not capable of making the necessary lifesaving decisions. Bertrand recalls the quote from Jan Stewart’s daughter, “We must grant each other permission to save each other.”   

Unfortunately, since the filming of the lecture in 2014, Anita relapsed. According to the Surgeon General's Report, scientific evidence addiction to alcohol or drugs is a chronic brain disease with the potential for recurrence (relapse) and recovery (remission or abstinence). Today Anita continues to work on her overall well-being and sustained recovery.

2016 Surgeon General's Report on Alcohol,Drugs and Health, Chapter 5 on Recovery: The Many Paths to Wellness   

Wearing Masks

Wearing Masks

Wearing Masks: The Series consists of eleven video segments totaling over three hours of material. These segments allow for short viewing sessions and each contains related educational resources.  

  1. Wearing Masks One (1993)
  2. Wearing Masks: Ten Years Later
  3. Contradictions
  4. Hope: The Tim Glidden Story
  5. Alterations of Brain Pathways
  6. The Spectrum of Intervention
  7. The Challenge of Re-Entry
  8. The Future of Brain Research
  9. Support: Anesthetists in Recovery (AIR) - Anesthetists in Recovery
  10. Drug Testing
  11. The Cost of Re-Entry

Special Thanks

We want to offer a special thank you to the University Of Minnesota School Of Nursing, Nurse Anesthesia Area of Study for their support in making this important video series available to you online.

Citation credit

Previously the AANA distributed complimentary DVD sets of Wearing Masks. Today, we provide the links to view these online or download (see below).

Credit: “Wearing Masks program is posted with permission from Rainbow Productions and the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists.”

Download note: Permission is granted to download and share with others, for example on a university learning platform such as BlackBoard. Please include the following credit and we recommend you refer individuals for additional resources to About AANA Peer Assistance.

Pleasure Unwoven

Pleasure UnwovenPleasure Unwoven - short YouTube videos by addictionologist Kevin McCauley, MD

AANA Learn Online Continuing Educa​tion Courses in the Wellness Catalog

National Council State Board of Nursing - SUD Resources

Additional Resources

Considering Research?

Helpful resources if you are considering research on a wellness or SUD related topic.