Jan Stewart Memorial Wellness Lecture Series

Jan Stewart Speaker 2014 - CRNA Anita Bertrand

"Making Lemonade: One CRNA's Story of Addiction and Recovery"
AANA 2014 Nurse Anesthesia Annual Congress
Monday, September 15, 2014 7:00 - 8:00 a.m. General Session
 
Twelve years after Jan Stewart’s death, Anita will be the first CRNA to reveal addiction to a national audience.  Anita's hope for sharing her compelling personal story is to bring greater realization to the reality of addiction and convey a message that provides encouragement for all nurse anesthesia professionals to help others find treatment and recovery; the hijacked addicted brain is not capable of making the necessary lifesaving decisions.  Bertrand recalls the quote from Jan Stewart’s daughter, “We must grant each other permission to save each other.”  ​

 

Anita Bertrand, CRNA, MS is a member of the AANA Peer Assistance Advisors committee (PAAC) and provides State Peer Assistance for Texas CRNAs; 
she helps guide others who are suffering from the disease of addiction to find treatment and recovery.  Anita’s story is documented in Case #1 of the article, Two New Case Reports of Propofol Abuse and a Pattern Analysis of the Literature, by CRNA authors Welliver, Bertrand, Garza and Baker. After fifteen years practicing in the nursing field, she experienced substance abuse and addiction. The suspected trigger was a post-operative infusion of fentanyl, which along with her genetic predisposition to addiction, soon led to diversion and self-administration of fentanyl. Anita also authored the Peer Assistance News article in the May 2013 AANA NewsBulletin (member log-in required).

Much has changed on the stigma of addiction in nurse anesthesia since Jan Stewart’s tragic death in 2002. Many feel this can be attributed largely to her family’s choice to, "open the door to the realization that the anesthesia community had a very serious wellness and chemical dependency problem. This led to the realization that no one is immune from the risk, and when the risk is ignored, our whole profession loses" according to Terry Wicks, CRNA, MHS, former AANA President. 

Another leading factor in reducing the stigma is scientific advances in understanding the genetic predispositions and the “on switch” of an addicted brain. Anita’s lecture will touch on the science of addiction.  For more on this topic, see Wearing Masks and the Wellness/Chemical Dependency in the Nurse Anesthesia Profession online modules.

Past Speakers in the Series​ 

Wellness Lectures at the AANA 2014 Nurse Anesthesia Annual Congress

 

 Speaker Series

 
 

 About Jan Stewart

 

Named after our respected colleague, 1999 - 2000 AANA President Jan Stewart, CRNA, ARNP, the Jan Stewart Memorial Wellness Lecture Series features speakers on wellness-related topics at each AANA Nurse Anesthesia Annual Congress. 

Link to more info on:

  • Jan's achievements as AANA President
  • Jan's daughter Sarah speaks about her mother in the About Wellness video
 

 To support speakers

 
Contribute to the AANA Foundation to support the Jan Stewart Memorial Wellness Lecture Series, which provides a topic at each AANA Nurse Anesthesia Annual Congress to increase awareness of anesthesia professionals' occupational risk of chemical dependency.
 

Please designate "Wellness/
Jan Stewart Fund" when making your donation.