Wellness and Substance Use Disorder Curriculum

AANA Wellness and Chemical Dependency in the Nurse Anesthesia Profession

Six online interactive learning courses available to purchase at
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Wellness and Substance Use Disorder (Chemical Dependency) Modules

To give you an idea of what the interactive learning modules that comprise the WCDNAP look like, we've included a screen shot example from each of the six modules below.  As the leaner progresses through the narrated modules by clicking the arrows on each slide, many of the slides include interactive elements creating an engaged learning experience.  See also WCDNAP Learner Outcomes.

Module 1: Health and Wellness: The Role and Responsibility of the Anesthesia Professional​​

Module 1

Module 2 Stress: Understanding Causes and Consequences​

Module 2

Module 3: Stressors Encountered in the Healthcare System and How to Cope More Effectively

Module 3

Module 4: Risk & Exposure: The Signs, Symptoms, Pathophysiology and Co-morbidities of Substance Abuse

Module 4

Module 5: Management of Chemical Dependency & Addiction (Intervention, Treatment/Rehabilitation, Recovery, Re-entry: Return to Practice, and Avoiding Relapse)

Module 5

Module 6: Understanding the Environment for Successful Building and Sustaining of a Personal Wellness Plan​

Module 6

Faculty - Ideas and Additional Resources

Faculty - Ideas for Presenting the Wellness and Substance Use Disorder (Chemical Dependency) Curriculum

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 Making Lemonade video, Wearing Masks segment, 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: 

Share your ideas too! Send to wellness@aana.com and we'll add to this growing list.
Wellness/CD curriculum ideas - PDF version

References and Supplemental Materials

Wellness modules references and resources accompany each module and are included here with links to supplemental materials for your use.