Suicide Prevention for Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs)

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Class A Credits: 1.00

Format: Video

Course Launch Date: 3/18/21

Course Expires: 3/17/24

The session will begin with a 60-minute presentation by panel members, consisting of members of the AANA Health and Wellness Committee. Presenters will establish a warm, supportive, safe environment for the discussion; describe the phenomenon of suicide in nursing in general and nurse anesthetists in particular. The concept of responding to the stresses of the profession and life will be discussed, including the importance of seeking help for mental health challenges such as depression, followed by describing helpful and harmful coping mechanisms. Signs identifying suicide risk will be described. Intervention techniques and helpful and extensive AANA Health and Wellness resources, available on the AANA website will be discussed (AANA Website). These resources include a link to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP). 

The American Association of Nurse Anesthetists is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

AANA is an approved provider by the California Board of Registered Nursing, CEP #10862.

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A minimum passing score of 80% is required to pass this course. You have TWO opportunities to achieve a passing score. If you fail to achieve a passing score of 80%, you will not receive CE credit for this course.

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  • Identify how to improve the knowledge of CRNAs and SRNAs of the signs and symptoms associated with the severe depression and stress.
  • Understand and improve personal skills in identifying CRNAs and SRNAs at risk of suicide.
  • Identify and provide CRNAs and SRNAs with information on how to intervene and where colleagues in danger of suicide may be referred.

Adrienne Chavez, BSN, SRNA

Student Registered Nurse Anesthetist

Adrienne Chavez received her BS in Psychology and BS in Nursing from the University of Maryland. She is currently a senior in the DNP Nurse Anesthesia program at the University of Maryland. Most recently, she worked as a critical care nurse at the National Institutes of Health. She is the fiscal year 2020 SRNA representative to the AANA Health & Wellness Committee.

Catherine Horvath, DNP, CRNA, CHSE

Assistant Professor/ Assistant Program Director, Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing Nurse Anesthesiology Program

Catherine Horvath is an Assistant Professor at Johns Hopkins University's School of Nursing and is the Assistant Program Director in the DNP Program Nurse Anesthesiology Track.  As an educator for 11 years and clinical provider for 28 years, she has witnessed the toll stress and uncertainty has on students entering the profession of nurse anesthesia.

Charles A. Griffis, PhD, CRNA

Faculty, University of Southern California Program of Nurse Anesthesia

Dr. Griffis is a didactic instructor in research methods for the USC Program of Nurse Anesthesia.  His areas of research have included pain pathophysiology and infection control. Recently appointed to the AANA Health and Wellness Committee, he now expanding his research and education efforts to wellness and suicide prevention. He is studying to become a State Peer Assistance Advisor, and is committed to the task of improving wellness for all nurse anesthetists.

Cynthia A. Farina, DNP, CRNA, CNE

Staff CRNA - Beaumont Health System

Dr. Cindy Farina is a staff CRNA who currently works at Beaumont Health System, Royal Oak, Michigan. She earned a Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Nursing Practice degrees from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and is a proud graduate of the Oakland University-Beaumont Graduate Program of Nurse Anesthesia, where she received her Master of Science in Nursing. Cindy has a strong interest in wellness issues that impact nurse anesthesia practice, including stress management, burnout, incivility, substance use disorders, and, of course, sleep deprivation and fatigue management in anesthesia practice. 

Fara Lekhnych, MSN, CRNA


Fara Lekhnych, MSN, CRNA, graduated with high honors and has been a nurse anesthetist for over five years. Having been featured in the AANA Student Spotlight as a future leader in the profession, and serving two terms on the AANA Health and Wellness Committee, she maintains her strong advocacy for promoting health and wellness. She is passionate about pediatric anesthesia and loves teaching and encouraging students.