On This Episode:
Today we’re looking forward to sharing a deep and insightful conversation with Anita Bertrand, a seasoned CRNA, about the challenging topic of nurse anesthesia diversion and recovery. Anita candidly shares her personal journey, emphasizing the importance of early intervention, support, and a compassionate approach to addressing the complex issues that lead to diversion.
The hosts navigate through various aspects of this critical subject, exploring the impact on co-workers, family, and the legal consequences involved. Anita also sheds light on how peers, family, and co-workers can contribute positively to the recovery process, acknowledging the significant role they play in overcoming stigma and loneliness.
The discussion further extends to the proactive measures that can be taken to prevent diversion, with Anita providing insights into the top resources available to CRNAs, both in recovery and those seeking to maintain their well-being. The hosts touch on the regulatory processes and legal ramifications of nurse anesthesia diversion, emphasizing the importance of a balanced approach that addresses both punitive measures and rehabilitative efforts. The episode concludes with a thoughtful exploration of how employers can support CRNAs in recovery and the significance of fostering a workplace environment that prioritizes empathy, understanding, and ongoing support.
As the episode wraps up, the hosts express gratitude to Anita for sharing her personal and professional insights, thanking the listeners for their engagement, and encouraging them to share the podcast with colleagues and friends. The call to rate and leave comments on future podcast topics emphasizes the collaborative nature of “Anesthesia Alchemy,” inviting the audience to actively contribute to the ongoing dialogue surrounding the challenges and triumphs within the field of nurse anesthesia.
Here’s some of what we discuss in this episode:
- What leads a struggling CRNA into diversion?
- The signs and the indicators that a nurse anesthetist might encounter in the workplace, which could lead them to consider diversion.
- Resources and organizations you can turn to for support.
- What are the processes that a state board typically follows and what impact could it have on someone’s career?
- Her personal journey and the struggles that she has been able to overcome.
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Over the last 20 years or so, I have had the privilege of working in a wide variety of healthcare settings, from bustling urban hospitals to very rural clinics and rural hospitals. And I’ve had the opportunity to witness firsthand the incredible impact nurse anesthesia can have on patient outcomes.
-Anita Bertrand, CRNA, MS