Co-Chair, Linda Stone, CRNA, MSN
Co-Chair, Art Zwerling, CRNA, DNP. DAAPM
Laura Ardizzone, CRNA, DNP, DCC
Anita Bertrand, CRNA, MS
Martha Kral, CRNA, BSN
E. Laura Wright, CRNA, PhD
The Peer Assistance Advisors Committee provides advocacy and advice to the association members and the public on issues regarding practitioner well-being as it pertains to nurse anesthetists’ and students’ risk for drug use, abuse, dependency, and addiction. The work is committed to educational endeavors and aggressive promotion of prevention modalities; committee members offer confidential assistance, informational support, and referral resources in the formulation of guidelines for early recognition, intervention, treatment, long-term recovery, and appropriate re-entry. The advisors respond to helpline calls (800-654-5167) and lead the Peer Assistance Support Network comprised of State Peer Advisors, who are appointed by each state association, and provide a wealth of online resources at www.AANAPeerAssistance.com
. The Peer Assistance Advisors Committee is an ad hoc subcommittee of the Health & Wellness (H&W) Committee. To foster solidarity of the mission and collaborative work integrated into the AANA structure, the H&W committee has oversight of the Peer Assistance Support Network.