Call for Comments – Revisions to the COA’s Definition of “Wellness and Substance Use Disorder”

At its October 2021 meeting, the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA) reviewed proposed revisions to the Glossary definition of “Wellness and substance use disorder” found in the 2004 Standards for Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs and Standards for Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Programs – Practice Doctorate.

Revisions to the definition of “Wellness and substance use disorder” relate to changes in the suggested curricular content for nurse anesthesia programs. In response to concerns with CRNA/SRNA mental health (and a perceived need to encourage self-care for mental and physical health early in nurse anesthesia education), language related to the five key conceptual components and learning objectives of the wellness/substance use disorder curriculum has been revised.

A Call for Comment survey on this policy is open and available by clicking here.

Additionally, you can click here for a mark-up of the Glossary definition provided as a resource for review.

Please consider the revised definition and provide comments. The Call for Comments will remain open until January 10, 2022. Should you have any questions regarding the Call for Comments, please contact the COA at 847-655-1160 or by e-mail at [email protected]