Date of Award

Spring 5-8-2020

Document Type

DNP Project

Project Team Faculty Member

Dr. Mary Zerlan

Project Team Faculty Member

Dr. Michelle Ertle

Project Team Faculty Member

Jodie Nehrt


Anesthesia, nurse, substance use disorder, addiction, dependence, prevention


Developing substance use disorder is considered one of the most serious occupational risk factors for anesthesia providers. The purpose of this project was to identify the prevalence and risk factors of substance use disorder within the anesthesia community and to signify the importance of early education and awareness to help prevent the development of substance use disorder through early education, identification, and awareness. The project consisted of an educational PowerPoint that was placed on Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s (SIUE) wellness website within Black Board. The third-year nurse anesthesia students at SIUE were sent an email on how to access the PowerPoint along with a nine-question online evaluation based on the PowerPoint provided. From the evaluation, nurse anesthesia students demonstrated a need for education regarding substance use disorder within the profession. Anesthesia students also agree that information regarding substance use disorder should be included in the new student orientation. These results correlate closely with the new evidence that early education, early identification, and awareness are key factors in the prevention of developing substance use disorder in the anesthesia provider.

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