Obstacles to Re-Entry for the CRNA in Recovery
Chemical dependence among healthcare providers is not uncommon. Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNA) are included in this issue. Nationally, there is a commonality of substance misuse in 10% to 15% of nurse anesthesia providers which equates to 8,000 to 12,000 practitioners. Upon sobriety and desire to return to practice, obstacles to re-entry prevail for the practitioner. Ramifications for substance misuse exist on the professional, local, and national level. The American Association of Nurse Anesthetists describes the opioid crisis as an occupational hazard for the practitioner. The criminal allegations associated with substance misuse further detract from a return to practice. A literature review demonstrates that continuing education regarding addiction and recovery needs to be presented. This education needs to begin for learners and practitioners in a classroom and then carried to health care organizations. The Human Intervention Motivation Study (HIMS) will be compared to presently utilize re-entry methods to present a new methodology for practice re-entry.