AANA Peer Assistance FAQs

 

​Question
Answer​
When can I call for help?​

When it is needed.  Important note: In a crisis situation where this is a potential immediate risk for harm to self or others - call 911 or a suicide hotline 1 (800) 273-TALK.

Once safe, see the next question "Where do I start?" for additional assistance.  ​

Where do I start? ​

For assistance due to chemical dependency, addiction, substance misuse or abuse, the first step is to review the Getting Help page.

Is the program confidential?​

Yes​

Is the program connected to Boards of Nursing?​

No, AANA Peer Assistance is a member service for nurse anesthetists, students, and their families.​

Can a family member or colleague call for assistance? ​

Yes, for information and guidance, see Getting Help for yourself and others and review the Intervention Do's and Don'ts for essential information.  ​

Can a manager or educational program call for assistance?​

Yes, for information and guidance, see Getting Help. Also see Faculty and Students Resources.

Can a student nurse anesthetist utilize the peer advisors?​

Yes, for information and guidance, see Getting Help. Also see Faculty and Students Resources.

Can a manager/supervisor of an anesthesia department call for assistance?​

Yes, for information and guidance, see Getting Help. Also see Manager and Supervisor Resources.

Is there a fee for this assistance?​

No, State Peer Advisors (SPAs) and Peer Assistance Advisors committee members are CRNA volunteers who can provide information and referral.​

Is the peer assistance advisor a counselor or therapist?​ No, peer assistance advisors are volunteer CRNAs who offer peer support.​
Can I become a peer advisor?​

Yes, for more information see Information About/For State Peer Advisors. ​

Does the AANA endorse any specific treatment centers?​

No, the Peer Assistance Advisors provide treatment recommendation specific for anesthesia professionals and links to some centers known to have experience treating healthcare professionals.   

Can I go back to work as a CRNA if I'm in recovery?​

Return to work is looked at on an individual basis.  See re-entry recommendations.  The Anesthetists in Recovery forum provides support for anesthesia professionals in maintaining sobriety.   ​

Can I be recertified while in treatment and recovery?​

See the Council on Recertification guidelines and criteria. ​

 

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