AANA February 2022 Journal Course: The Impaired Anesthesia Provider: Strategies to Prevent, Recognize, and Treat the Substance Use Disorder within the Workplace (ME)

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Class A Credits: 1

Format: Video

Course Launch Date: 2/17/22

Course Expires: 2/16/25

The development of a substance use disorder within an anesthesia provider is complex and multifactorial. Substance use disorder is considered the number one occupational hazard for anesthesia professionals, and it is estimated that 10%-15% of anesthesia providers will experience a substance use disorder.  

High stress levels within the workplace environment contribute to the risk of an anesthesia professional developing a substance use disorder. 

This article will discuss strate­gies to prevent, recognize, and treat substance use disorder within the workplace.

The American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

AANA is an approved provider by the California Board of Registered Nursing, CEP #10862.


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A minimum passing score of 80% is required to pass this course. You have TWO opportunities to achieve a passing score. If you fail to achieve a passing score of 80%, you will not receive CE credit for this course.

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  • Describe strategies to prevent substance use disorder.
  • Identify the signs of substance use disorder in the workplace.
  • Discuss the importance of reporting an impaired colleague.
  • Explain the treatment process for substance use disorder as recommended by the AANA.
  • List the educational standards of nurse anesthesiology programs for substance use disorder as described by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs.

Nola Rupprecht, DNP, CRNA, APRN

Dr. Nola Rupprecht lives and works in Houston, Texas. She is passionate about helping students, clinicians, and faculty in the subjects of wellness and self-care. Her particular area of interest is the prevention of substance use disorder within the anesthesia professional. 


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