Date of Award

Fall 2019

Degree Type

Doctoral Project

Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)


Leadership and Advanced Nursing Practice

Committee Chair

Dr. Nina Mclain

Committee Chair School

Leadership and Advanced Nursing Practice

Committee Member 2

Dr. Marjorie Geisz-Everson

Committee Member 2 School

Leadership and Advanced Nursing Practice


Opioid abuse among Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) and Student Registered Nurse Anesthetists (SRNAs) is an epidemic that is growing in numbers yearly. The number of deaths from opioid abuse is also increasing. The specialty of anesthesia primarily has increased instances of opioid abuse cases (Wright et al., 2012). The reason for the increase in opioid abuse occurrences is because anesthesia providers regularly administer opioids in patient care. Opioid abuse commonly results in injury or death. While abusing, anesthesia providers are not only putting their lives in jeopardy but also the lives of their patients.

The project observed the opioid abuse that is affecting the anesthesia community. The project also suggested a policy change at The University of Southern Mississippi that can increase the required drug screenings for student registered nurse anesthetists from once a year to twice a year. This change will be done in hopes of identifying abuse early in order to intervene appropriately.