Anesthetists often enable colleagues to continue bad behavior or poor performance by making excuses, accepting inadequate work, or covering up mistakes. Coworkers may have certain legal responsibilities in identifying and reporting the chemically dependent CRNA. Many states have mandatory reporting laws which may hold colleagues responsible for harm to patients if they fail to report a coworker in whom abuse is suspected. In those states with alternative programs, confidential reporting to the programs absolves the colleague from reporting to the nursing regulatory board.
Call your State Peer Advisor with state specific questions regarding reporting and assistance with Getting Help for yourself or others.