Nurse Anesthesia Faculty Wellness: A Balancing Act​

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Class A Credits: 0.5

Format: Video

Course Launch Date: 12/16/21

Course Expires: 6/15/22

While healthcare professionals are dealing with the stress and burnout due to the COVID pandemic, the pandemic has also affected Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs faculty members in how they are keeping themselves well and supporting students.  A discussion of six faculty CRNAs occurred and they identified multiple unique issues specifically affecting NAEP faculty members prior to and during COVID. These include setting boundaries and how to achieve that, finding the time/opportunities to further one’s own professional development, and the responsibility of student success.

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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  • The attendees will understand some of the unique stressors that affect Nurse Anesthesia Faculty and the strategies to mitigate them.

Catherine Horvath, DNP, CRNA, CHSE

Assistant Professor/ Assistant Program Director, Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing Nurse Anesthesiology Program

Catherine Horvath is an Assistant Professor at Johns Hopkins University's School of Nursing and is the Assistant Program Director in the DNP Program Nurse Anesthesiology Track.  As an educator for 11 years and clinical provider for 28 years, she has witnessed the toll stress and uncertainty has on students entering the profession of nurse anesthesia.



Charles A. Griffis, PhD, CRNA

Faculty, University of Southern California Program of Nurse Anesthesia

Dr. Griffis is a didactic instructor in research methods for the USC Program of Nurse Anesthesia.  His areas of research have included pain pathophysiology and infection control. Recently appointed to the AANA Health and Wellness Committee, he now expanding his research and education efforts to wellness and suicide prevention. He is studying to become a State Peer Assistance Advisor, and is committed to the task of improving wellness for all nurse anesthetists.



Melissa Machan, DNP, CRNA, APRN

Melissa Machan, DNP, CRNA, ARNP works full time as a Nurse Anesthetist at Novant Health Huntersville Medical Center, NC. In addition, Dr. Machan serves as Adjunct Professor in the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) in Anesthesiology program at Barry University, Miami Shores, FL, where she lectures on a variety of clinical anesthesia and essential DNP topics. She is currently serving on AANA's Health and Wellness Committee.



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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