Peer Assistance Advisors Committee

FY2020 Peer Assistance Advisors Committee

Back row (standing), from left to right: Rodrigo (Rigo) Garcia, MBA, MSN, CRNA, APN; L. Ann Bostic, DNP, MBA, CRNA; T’Anya Carter, MS, CRNA; John (Jack) Stem, AAS, CRNA (ret).

Front row (sitting), from left to right: Bridget Petrillo, CRNA, APRN; Julie Rice, BA, AANA staff; Linda Stone, DNP, MSN, CRNA, Chair; Jessica Switzman, MSN, CRNA.


PEER ASSISTANCE ADVISORS Committee (PAAC) Position Description Oct 2019 

Committee Purpose

The ad hoc Peer Assistance Advisors Committee (PAAC) provides advocacy and information to the association members and the public on issues regarding practitioner well-being as it pertains to nurse anesthetists’ and students’ risk for substance use disorder (SUD). 

PAAC members: 

  • Lead the AANA peer support network comprised of State Peer Advisors (SPAs) nationwide
  • Serve as advisors to educate and guide the SPAs in their assigned states. 
  • Oversee the AANA Peer Assistance Helpline (800-654-5167) to closely monitor process and outcomes in providing confidential peer support.
  • Commit to building educational endeavors and aggressive promotion of prevention modalities via lectures, state outreach, online resources, and the informational support and referral resources to AANA Helpline callers.
  • Provide guidelines for early recognition, intervention, treatment, long-term recovery, and appropriate re-entry.
  • Work in solidarity and collaboration with the Practice and Health & Wellness committees. 

See Job Description above for more information on Membership Criteria, Expected Time Commitment, Responsibilities, etc. 

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Meeting Dates

For the Fiscal Year 2020 Committee:

  • September 13-15, 2019 - Park Ridge, Ill. 

For the Fiscal Year 2021 Committee:

  • ​September 12-13, 2020 - Park Ridge, Ill.

AANA Staff

  • Julie Rice, BA, Manager, AANA Health & Wellness and Peer Assistance Programs