Wellness and Chemical Dependency Curriculum Ideas

Some ideas to accompany your curriculum and/or utilize the Wellness/Substance Use Disorder (Chemical Dependency) modules:

Timing – it’s never too early to start:
  • Assign one or more modules as an application prerequisite. Knowledge of the occupational risk for addiction before entry to nurse anesthesia school could potentially deter individuals who realize personal vulnerabilities. CE version can be used for nursing requirements. 
  • Include the family in orientation – show www.AANA.com/MakingLemonade video, Wearing Masks segment www.AANA.com/WearingMasks, and/or module 4, “Risk and Exposure: The Signs, Symptoms, Pathophysiology and Co-morbidities of Substance Abuse." Viewing would be beneficial, and perhaps lifesaving, if loved ones were aware of the risk and the tools to identify abuse.
  • It is strongly recommended to provide awareness of the risk for substance use disorder as early as possible in nurse anesthesia program and also just before starting clinical.
Options to add the personal touch to the module content: 
  • Assign completion outside of class time, say in conjunction with Professional Aspects or other curriculum. Combine with group discussion of the content during class time to enhance the learning through individualization and reflection.
  • Accompany modules with lectures, personal stories, questions, and discussions.
  • Invite a CNRA in recovery to visit and tell their story, to dispel the myth “this could never happen to someone like me." Ask your State Peer Advisor for contact information.
Supplemental materials: 
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