Jan Stewart Memorial Lecture: My Life with Dirty John (2019)

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Class A Credits: 1.25

Format: Video

Run time: 38 mins

Course Launch Date: 12/3/19

Course Expires: 12/2/22

My lecture will provide a detailed description of my life and experience of being married to the infamous and disgraced CRNA, John Meehan AKA “Dirty John”.  A story featured in the LA Times hit podcast that has been downloaded more than thirty million times and is featured on TV in Bravo’s eight-part series of the same name.  Included will be my personal experiences of discovering his addiction and criminal behaviors and the danger that posed for me after reporting it to authorities.  Also included will be a summary of the actions of multiple boards of nursing, pharmacy boards, various hospital’s actions and in some cases inactions, and the interventions of multiple law enforcement agencies spanning many states and resulting in several arrests and incarcerations.  It is aimed at educating CRNAs and other healthcare professionals on how a psychopath became a CRNA and lived a life of deceit and betrayal potentially harming patients until his licenses were revoked and his reign of terror that was his adult life ended in homicide.


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  • Examine how the non-reporting of an addict by multiple healthcare facilities permitted him to move from job to job and state to state all while continually jeopardizing the safety of patients.
  • Discuss how a CRNAu2019s naivety played a central role in her addict husbandu2019s ability to successfully live a life of lies for over a decade.
  • Discuss the extensive collateral damage of an addict both personally and professionally.

Tonia A. Bales, CRNA

Bales and Assoc, LLC

Tonia has been in continuous clinical anesthesia practice since 1991 after graduating from University Hospital School of Anesthesia in Cincinnati Ohio.  She started her career in San Bernadino, California and has practiced in Murfreesboro Tennessee, Dayton, Ohio and now resides and practices outside of Atlanta.  As the ex-wife of the infamous disgraced CRNA John Meehan, Tonia has been featured on Dateline NBC, Inside with Chris Cuomo, and Today with Megyn Kelly.  She was also part of the LA Times article and wondery Podcast titled Dirty John.  A Podcast downloaded over 30 million times in over 200 countries.


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