Jan Stewart Memorial Wellness Lecture: Grief, Growth and Transformation: Tools for Navigating Loss - Introduced by Jan Stewart's Daughter (1 Class A CE)

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Class A Credits: 1.00

Format: Video

Course Launch Date: 2/18/21

Course Expires: 2/17/24

Janet R. Stewart, CRNA, ARNP was the 1999 – 2000 AANA President. Following Jan’s 2002 accidental overdose death, increased recognition of the occupational risk of substance use disorder for anesthesia professionals became the impetus for the AANA wellness initiative in 2004, which was the beginning for today’s Health & Wellness program. Since then, each Annual Congress features a Jan Stewart Wellness Memorial Lecture to support CRNA/SRNA well-being and raise awareness to prevent substance use disorder. This year, the 17th in the Jan Stewart series, is presented by Jan’s daughter Sarah Stewart Gomes and Jodi Cohen to look at the physical and emotional impact of grief and bring light to strategies to navigate through pain and grief. For more info: www.AANA.com/JanStewart.

Sarah Stewart Gomes, the daughter of Jan Stewart, AANA President 1999-2000, will share how she found opportunity for healing and growth after her mother’s unexpected accidental self-administered overdose of sufentanil in 2002. Sarah chose to share her mother’s story with the anesthesia community and take on the very serious epidemic of Substance Use Disorder within the profession. Her mother’s loss became the impetus of the AANA wellness initiative in 2004 and contributed to the expansion of the AANA Peer Assistance Program.

Jodi Cohen, an award winning journalist and health researcher, will share her personal journey through grief after her 12-year-old son, Max, and his two friends, were killed in a tragic car accident. Through the process of personal trial and error, Cohen discovered actionable, effective strategies for calming the nervous system, so that she could navigate through ongoing personal and legal challenges in a pro-active, clear-headed space, instead of a reactive fear-based state. Cohen will share her strategies and tactics that can be applied immediately.

The American Association of Nurse Anesthetists 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 how grief impacts your physical mental and emotional health.
  • Identify the symptoms and thought patterns of grief and loss so anesthesia professionals can easily recognize them in themselves and others.
  • Discuss how fear anger blame and shame can keep you trapped in a viscous grief cycle and make you more likely to form an addiction to alcohol pain killers or sleep aids to numb out and avoid pain.
  • Outline manageable strategies for moving through pain and grief along with explaining how and why they work.

Jodi Cohen, MBA, NTP

CEO and Founder, Vibrant Blue Oils

Jodi Sternoff Cohen is a bestselling author, award-winning journalist, functional practitioner and founder of Vibrant Blue Oils, where she has combined her training in nutritional therapy and aromatherapy to create unique proprietary blends of organic and wild-crafted essential oils.  She has helped over 50,000 clients heal from brain related challenges, including anxiety, insomnia, and autoimmunity.

 For the past ten years, she has lectured at wellness centers, conferences, and corporations on brain health, essential oils, stress, and detoxification. She has been seen in The New York Times, Wellness Mama, Elephant Journal and numerous publications.  Her website, vibrantblueoils.com, is visited by over 300,000 natural health seekers every year, and she has rapidly become a top resource for essential oils education on the Internet today.



Sarah Stewart Gomes,

Owner Principal, Sarah Ruth Consulting

Sarah Stewart Gomes, is the daughter of Jan Stewart, AANA President 1999-2000. After her mother’s unexpected accidental self-administered overdose of sufentanil in 2002, Sarah chose to share her mother’s story with the anesthesia community and take on the very serious epidemic of Substance Use Disorder within the profession. Her mother’s loss became the impetus of the AANA wellness initiative in 2004 and contributed to the expansion of the AANA Peer Assistance Program.


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