CRNA Wellness and Chemical Dependency Speakers

When planning a state association meeting or anesthesia professional seminar, a health and wellness related lecture can add to continuing education content and also benefit the well-being of your meeting attendees, see the list of topic ideas below.  We've also collected names of CRNA speakers-for-hire on a variety of wellness and/or chemical dependency topics. 

See also the State Health and Wellness Resources and the State Health and Wellness Exhibit Toolkit

​Home State/
Health and Wellness Topic(s) for
Nurse Anesthesia Professionals​

Krista Bragg, CRNA, DNP

​PA/yes ​1) Burning the Midnight Oil - 7 Tips for Staying Healthy When Working the Night Shift, 2) Provider Fatigue, 3) Healthy Provider

Anthony Chipas, CRNA, PhD  

SC/yes​ 1) Stress, Substance Abuse and CRNA Wellness, 2) Wellness and Stress; Substance Abuse: The Monster in the Closet, 3) Re-entry into Practice ​

Ferne M. Cohen, CRNA, MS, MSN

​NJ/yes ​Substance Use Disorders (SUDs/Chemical Dependency) and Wellness

Jose Delfin D. Castillo III, CRNA, MS, ARNP

FL/yes​ 1) CRNA Burnout, 2) Confrontations ​

​Jennifer Ferguson, CRNA, MSN
and Kat Venden Heuvel

​NC/yes ​1) Teambuilding in the Workplace/Nurse Anesthesia Programs, 2)  Working well with Other, 3) How Groups Form and Perform. 
Note: Jennifer is also a certified Zumba instructor
Rigo Garcia, CRNA, MBA 










​1) Addicted at Work. How addiction affects everyone 2) Addiction Co-Dependency. Are you helping or hurting them? 3) Addiction Denial: How to overcome this barrier 4) Addiction: Facts and Fiction 5) Chronic Pain vs. Chronic Use: Treatment Chronic pain in the addict 6) Post Acute Withdraw Syndrome: The most dangerous time in recovery 7) Addiction: The science and physiology Part 1 and Part 2 8) The future of addiction: Future drug abuse and treatment options 9) Communication in addiction: Breaking down the walls 10) The forgotten consequence: Communicable diseases 11) It’s the law: Reporting and identifying obligations for employers 12) The addicted Family: How the forgotten victim is often the family 13) Heavy is the crown: How the most successful are often the most at risk 14) Addicted to Addictions:  A personal story of an addicted CRNA.

Adrienne Hartgerink, CRNA, DNP

​VA/yes 1) Wellness and Stress Management, 2) Student Stress, Resiliency, and Positive Coping Mechanisms​

Diana S. Quinlan, CRNA, MA













​1) Are we Safe at Work? Rage and Violence in the Workplace, 2) Anesthesia and Pain Management Considerations for the Addict, 3) Challenges in Returning to Work after Illness, 4) Fitness for Duty, 5) Focus on a Healthier Workforce, 6) Sexual Harrassment in the Workplace, 7) Substance Misuse: Legal Implications, 8) Substance Misuse: Recognition, 9) Surgical and Anesthetic Considerations of the Domestic Violence Victim/Patient, 10) The Anesthetists Role in End-of-Life Care, 11) Wearing Masks: Ten Years Later (DVD companion)

Nancy Schultz, CRNA, DNP

NJ/yes​ Substance Abuse Policies for Anesthesia Departments​

Jack Stem, CRNA ​






​1) Addiction in the Anesthesia Professional - It Won't Happen to Me, Right?, 2) Stress Management for SRNAs and CRNAs, 3) Relapse Prevention; Suboxone for Detoxification and Medication Assisted Treatment of Opioid Addiction, etc.

Major Peter Strube, CRNA,


​1) CRNA and Leadership, 2) The CRNA and Dealing with Difficult People, 3) Illegal Drugs and the Anesthesia Impact, 4) Lateral Violence and Workplace Bullying, 5) Allergies and Anesthesia, Our Drug Interactions, 5) Technology and Internet Addiction

Jessica Switzman, CRNA , MSN

​MD/yes ​Stress to Wellness
Note: Jessica is also a certified Yoga instructor

James R. Walker, CRNA, DNP

TX/yes​ 1) Fatigue: Are You Tired?, 2) All Stressed Up, and No Place to Go​

E. Laura Wright, CRNA, PhD



​Addiction and Return to Work: Is it Possible?


​*Please contact the speakers directly for further information; we've provided this list as a convenience only and it does not indicate endorsement or approval by AANA Health and Wellness.  All information has been provided by the speakers, who are solely responsible for the content. The AANA has not investigated or examined the content of any listing or speaker presentation. ​



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