Second Victim Syndrome – What is it and How to Cope?

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Class A Credits: 1

Format: Video

Course Launch Date: 8/17/22

Course Expires: 8/16/23

This course is sponsored by an educational grant provided by Medtronic.

Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists, student registered nurse anesthetists, and other healthcare providers work in stressful situations and may encounter unexpected patient outcomes.  Clinicians involved in an adverse event may suffer from second victim syndrome, which can manifest in psychological, cognitive, and physical reactions and may have a long-lasting impact on the clinician.  

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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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  • Define second victim syndrome.
  • Describe coping mechanism for clinicians.
  • Describe how organizations can support clinicians.

Christen Hebl, MSN, BSN, CRNA

Chief CRNA, The University of California



Gerald Hogan, DNSc, CRNA, PMHNP-BC



Linda Stone, DNP, MSN, CRNA

 Assistant Program Director Raleigh School of Nurse Anesthesia

Dr. Stone received her DNP from Duke University School of Nursing along with a post-doctoral certificate in nursing education. Currently, she is a Clinical Assistant Professor and the Assistant Program Administrator for the University of North Carolina Greensboro nurse anesthesia program. She has been involved with peer assistance for CRNAs and SRNAs for many years in NC where she has served as the State Peer Advisor since 2008.

In addition, Dr. Stone has served on the AANA Peer Assistance Advisors Committee since 2009 and has been the committee chair since 2012.



Luci L. New, DNP, CRNA

Dr. New graduated with her DNP from Wake Forest School of Medicine Department of Academic Nursing in 2020. She is a CRNA at Atrium Health Cabarrus and serves as Clinical Coordinator for Wake Forest School of Medicine Anesthesia Program PRN at Gateway Ambulatory Surgery Center. Also, she's the Adjunct faculty at Wake Forest School of Medicine Anesthesia Program. Dr. New is a member of  AANA, North Carolina Association of Nurse Anesthetists, North Carolina Nurses Association, North Carolina Organization Nurse Leaders Serves on Admissions, Advisory, and Evaluation committees at Wake Forest School of Medicine Anesthesia Program.


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