Nursing Student Class Projects (Formerly MSN)

Academic Term


Document Type


Course Number

NURS 6810

Course Name

Advanced Pathophysiology for the Advanced Practice Nurse

Professor’s Name

Dr. Deana Batross & Dr. Shivani Bhatnagar


Substance Use Disorder, Addiction, CRNA, Anesthesia, microRNA, miRNA

Subject Categories

Medicine and Health Sciences | Nursing


Substance use disorder (SUD) affects the anesthesia community disproportionally as compared to the general public (Rupprecht, 2022). It is estimated that SUD will affect 10%-15% of all anesthesia providers at some point in their careers (Rupprecht, 2022). One way that SUD affects the human body is the alteration of microRNAs, which are small segments of RNA that exist to regulate gene expression (Gowen et al., 2020). This poster will discuss how miRNAs change in the SUD-affected individual, anesthesia-specific risk factors, and signs and symptoms to identify when this disorder has affected someone else. Resources for help are available from the American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology and are noted in this presentation (American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology [AANA], 2021).


American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology. (2021). Addressing substance use disorder in anesthesia professionals: Position statement and policy considerations.

Gowen, A. M., Odegaard, K. E., Hernandez, J., Chand, S., Koul, S., Pendyala, G., & Yelamanchili, S. V. (2020). Role of micrornas in the pathophysiology of addiction. WIREs RNA, 12(3).

Rupprecht, N. (2022). The impaired anesthesia provider: Strategies to prevent, recognize, and treat substance use disorder within the workplace. AANA Journal, 90(1), 64– 70.

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