Date of Award

Spring 4-14-2022

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)




Dr. Kacy Ballard

First Committee Member

Dr. Brian Garrett


Wellness, Substance Use Disorder, Assessment Plan, Student Registered Nurse Anesthetist

Subject Categories

Medicine and Health Sciences


Student Registered Nurse Anesthetists (SRNAs) are at an increased risk for low levels of perceived wellness and substance use disorder (SUD) due to a multitude of factors. Disturbances in perceived wellness and SUD pose mental and physical risks to the student as an individual, and may have an impact on their academic and clinical performance. Designing an assessment plan for the evaluation of wellness and risk for substance use in the SRNA population may aid anesthesia program directors in identifying early warning signs, implementing wellness curricula tailored to their student’s unique needs, and evaluating the effectiveness of these wellness curricula over time. The Council on Accreditation for Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA) has also recently updated their Standards for Accreditation to include a wellness and SUD curriculum. The purpose of this project is to design a needs assessment for a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program at a small university in the Midwest to evaluate the wellness level of their students in order to identify any potential gaps in the current wellness curriculum. The assessment will evaluate both qualitative and quantitative measures of perceived student wellness and risk for SUD, and consists of four reliable survey tools and open-ended questions. The assessment will be offered annually to students enrolled in the nurse anesthesia program via an online survey software, and participation will be voluntary. The results from the survey can be used both as a baseline assessment of wellness, and as a tool to evaluate if overall student wellness is improving over time.

Licensing Permission

Copyright, some rights reserved. Attribution – Noncommercial – No Derivative Works



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