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  • SRNA Well-being: Well Worth It

    Taking action is well worth it. Well-being can be hard to prioritize, but as an SRNA what do you do to keep your well-being top of mind? Complete this form to share with the AANA and your peers how you focus on your mental and physical well-being.

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    Amanda Hanna
    Barry University
    Miami, FL

    What does wellness mean to you?

    Wellness is overall health encompassing mental, spiritual, emotional, physical & psychosocial aspects. To achieve wellness all domains should be considered. Wellness is a daily practice and a lifestyle.

    What is your wellness mantra? 

    I like to say that “it’s all a balance”. Just as we experience joy/excitement we also experience sadness/stress. We get to welcome all experiences understanding that each experience is purposeful, noting each experience and coming back to center.

    What kind of emotions do you experience during anesthesia school and how do you cope with those emotions?

    I’ve experienced a rainbow of emotions from feeling elated to feeling depressed. These feelings will come & go. My morning practice of exercise, meditation, & journaling allows for easier transitions back to baseline when feelings of overwhelm arise.

    Connect with Amanda on Instagram @love_mandersz.


    Pablo Garcia
    Michigan State University
    Detroit, MI

    What kind of emotions do you experience during anesthesia school and how do you cope with those emotions?

    I have experienced more anxiety and doubt than any other time in my life. I have coped with those feelings with daily exercise, yoga, meditation, prayer and talking to other SRNAs and CRNAs about how they have also experienced similar feelings.

    What do you think wellness is, and what does wellness look like for you?

    For me wellness means being healthy with both mind and body. For me that means making sure I am exercising, eating and sleeping right. Equally important also being aware of my thoughts/feelings and striving for a healthier headspace.

    What is your wellness mantra?

    Always pursue peace of mind.

    Follow Pablo on Instagram @fab_pabs.


    Temima Luchansky
    Johns Hopkins University
    Baltimore, MD

    What kind of emotions do you experience during anesthesia school and how do you cope with those emotions?

    I’ve experienced excitement, gratitude, and joy as well as frustration, exhaustion, and disappointment. I find it helpful to be mindful that when I’m in a low, it means a high is coming! Connecting w/ fellow SRNAs provides comfort as well!

    What does wellness mean to you?

    Wellness to me means a balanced approach to nurturing all areas of my life. An SRNA is just one aspect of who I am, and I find it important to not disregard all other areas of my life by giving time to family/friends/religion/self as best as I can!

    What are your wellness goals this year?

    My wellness goals are to keep exercising throughout the week (with friends makes it physical and social wellness!), stay humble and inquisitive, and make time for a date night once a week! 🙂

    Connect with Temima on Instagram @LuchanskyTemima.


    Richmond Li
    University of Minnesota
    Saint Paul, MN

    What kind of emotions do you experience during anesthesia school and how do you cope with those emotions?

    Stressful and overwhelming at times! Especially with the increased clinical hours, graduate level research course and cardiac anesthesia, but I always make sure to put time away to exercise, eat out, get outdoors, and spend time with my wife/puppy.

    What are your wellness goals this year?

    My primary wellness goal this year is to continue to reduce my hemoglobin A1C by eating less Dutch Crunch chips, participating in more aerobic exercises, avoid eating out as much, and eat a wider variety of vegetables!

    What do you think wellness is, and what does wellness look like for you?

    I believe wellness is intentionally taking care of ourselves by being cognizant of our choices and behavior. Wellness is hiking, eating an apple before class, reading, watching animes, volunteering, and spending quality time with family and friends.

    Follow Richmond on Instagram @Richmond.Li.


    Marianne George
    Thomas Jefferson University

    Pennsylvania

    What kind of emotions do you experience during anesthesia school and how do you cope with those emotions?

    There is a wide variation in emotions experienced during school. One minute I am excited and motivated and the very next I feel overwhelmed and stressed. I cope with these emotions by acknowledging how far I have come, not how far I have to go.

    What are your wellness goals this year?

    My wellness goal this year is to be gentle with myself. It is imperative to acknowledge that we are not robots but anesthesia students, and humans need breaks. Channeling energy into my self-care always allows me to perform better in the OR.

    What is your wellness mantra?

    I am full of gratitude. I am deserving of the position I am in. I am my own best chance for success.

    Connect with Marianne on Instagram @m_ge0rge.


    Erica Yi
    University of Pennsylvania
    Pennsylvania

    What does wellness mean to you?

    Wellness to me is feeling whole. School feels all-consuming, I often forget that being an SRNA is just one of my many roles in life. I take time to step out of that hyper-focused state & see my identity as a whole – the big picture.

    What are your wellness goals this year?

    My goal this year is to practice self-care without feeling guilty. Learning to listen to my body and fully enjoy time away from school will allow me to flourish in the long run. Stop and smell the flowers!

    What is your wellness mantra?

    Let go of the things you cannot control – perspective is everything. There is beauty in the chaos if you just stop to look for it.

    Follow Erica on Instagram @the.srnalife.


    Laura Garcia Ramirez
    University of Miami
    Miami, FL

    What kind of emotions do you experience during anesthesia school and how do you cope with those emotions?

    Anesthesia school is like a roller coaster. Anxiety during the application process hoping that you will get in. You get accepted- super excited. First day comes and are completely overwhelmed. Middle is just a big blur. Graduation is surreal.

    What is your wellness mantra?

    Take anesthesia school one day at a time. If you clump it all up and see how much you still have to do, you will get overwhelmed. Accept each grade for what it is, as long as you pass. Perfection is nice to have but not realistic.

    What does wellness mean to you?

    No one can be happy all the time, especially during anesthesia school but you do have to optimize your happiness. Create a balance between studying and doing things for yourself. Get a dog- many of my classmates have one and help them destress.


    Leah Randazzo
    University at Buffalo
    New York

    What do you think wellness is, and what does wellness look like for you?

    Wellness is doing something for you & filling your cup first every single day, no matter how big or small. Wellness for me looks like moving my body for at least 30 min daily like getting a workout in, doing yoga, or getting outside for a walk!

    What kind of emotions do you experience during anesthesia school and how do you cope with those emotions?

    I’ve felt excitement, passion, joy, happiness, as well as fear, anxiety & exhaustion. Giving my body and brain what it needs helps me cope – taking breaks, working out, eating healthy, personal development books, and spending time with loved ones.

    Engaging in wellness has brought me so much mental and emotional clarity during school. Through this challenging season of being an SRNA, taking care of myself has to come first daily so that I can show up as the best student and my best self.

    Connect with Leah on Instagram @leahalexandra_srna.


    Maya Kelkar
    Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center/Gonzaga University School of Anesthesia
    Spokane, WA

    What is your wellness mantra?

    Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself – Max Ehrmann, Desiderata The goal is progress not perfection and I try to remember to give myself grace and not to be too hard on myself as a learner in this new profession.

    What are your wellness goals this year?

    Two things that bring me balance and joy are getting outside and staying active. I was having trouble finding time for either and so I set goals to walk 10,000 steps a day and to run my first marathon this year. So far, I’m on track to do both!

    What does wellness mean to you?

    Wellness means nurturing my mind, body, and soul. That means studying hard and taking brain breaks. It means moving regularly, eating well, and sleeping enough. It also means taking time to do things that bring me joy despite my crazy SRNA schedule.

     


    Alex Corbitt
    Rosalind Franklin University
    Chicago, IL

    What do you think wellness is, and what does wellness look like for you?

    Wellness is the ability to return to a state of peace, hope, and stability despite a world that is constantly changing around us. For me, it’s about structure and setting goals, all while accepting that sometimes things don’t go according to plan.

    What is your wellness mantra?

    Two pieces of advice from an old boss of mine. One, always remember you’re taking care of sick people who are experiencing vulnerable moments of their lives. Two, take time to sit back and just “appreciate.” Take in the moment and be thankful.

    What are your wellness goals this year?

    I’m actually going to get back in the gym 3 days a week even if it’s a shorter workout. It’s part of my routine that’s been inconsistent since school started, but every time I lift, I feel so much more energized, healthy, and happy!

    Follow Alex on Instagram @corblife.


    Jenna Zaldonis
    Thomas Jefferson University
    Philadelphia, PA

    What kind of emotions do you experience during anesthesia school and how do you cope with those emotions?

    Being an SRNA, it is completely normal to feel overwhelmed, anxious, or stressed out! For me, I recharge and feel well by being intentional about getting outside, running, hiking, and taking my dog out into nature! What do you do to feel well?

    What is your wellness mantra?

    ‘On your last day on earth, what are you going to remember?’ This mantra reminds me what is important in life. School can feel all-encompassing of our time, don’t forget about what matters to you! What do you want to remember in a life well lived?

    What does wellness mean to you?

    Wellness isn’t something you ‘achieve’- it’s a journey of pursuing the best version of you! Don’t compare yourself to others & their highlight reel posted on social media, you are amazing & unique as you are! What does wellness look like to you?

    Connect with Jenna on Instagram @jmz43.


    Brandon Hoskins
    Drexel University
    Wilmington, DE

    What kind of emotions do you experience during anesthesia school and how do you cope with those emotions?

    Lots of stress and the feeling of not having enough time, but by trying to keep organized and set small goals I continue to stay productive and not overwork myself.

    What is your wellness mantra?

    Be kind to yourself. This is a tough program and as long as I try my best each and every day, even if it doesn’t go my way, what have I learned from it – that’s what’s important.

    What are your wellness goals this year?

    I love hiking, especially with my dog, I plan to do more. It is a way for me to clear my head and just enjoy being out of the OR.

    Connect with Brandon on Instagram @BHoskRN.


    Lauren Bergman
    Medical University of South Carolina
    Charleston, SC

    What kind of emotions do you experience during anesthesia school and how do you cope with those emotions?

    I’ve experienced many emotions during anesthesia school– passion, excitement, discouragement, exhaustion, and everything in between! What helps me to cope is talking about it, taking time to do something I love, and maintaining a good sleep schedule.

    What are your wellness goals this year?

    My goal this year is to proactively make time for my physical and mental health in my daily life. For me, that means spending time in nature, cooking, reading for fun, investing in relationships, and working on areas like anxiety and perfectionism.

    What is your wellness mantra?

    I keep the quote, “Courage to start, strength to endure, resolve to finish,” above my desk. It helps me feel centered, and to maintain long-term perspective throughout this journey.


    Jessica Morrow
    Duke University
    North Carolina

    What kind of emotions do you experience during anesthesia school and how do you cope with those emotions?

    Stress, loneliness, defeat, a lot of negative emotions. When I feel these emotions coming on, I try to be proactive and seek support before becoming consumed by that negative, nonproductive state. There is nothing wrong with asking for help.

    What are your wellness goals this year?

    This year, my goal is to re-center my personal balance so I can be a better learner, friend, and SRNA. For me, that means taking at least 30 minutes each day to do something unrelated to school.

    What is your wellness mantra?

    “You didn’t come this far, to get this far.” This phrase puts everything into perspective and makes some of the most challenging times seem manageable.

    Connect with Jessica on Instagram @jessiemorroww.


    Nicole McFarland
    University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh
    Madison, WI

    What kind of emotions do you experience during anesthesia school and how do you cope with those emotions?

    CRNA school is a roller coaster of emotions. Some days I’m excited, eager, and confident. Others I’m exhausted, frustrated, and burned out. I try to get enough sleep, talk to my husband and friends, and work out often.

    What does wellness mean to you?

    Wellness to me isn’t just about being physically healthy, but also mentally healthy. Trying to eat in a way that is good for your body, working out, and getting sleep. Also, taking time to do things that make you happy and bring you joy is important.

    What are your wellness goals this year?

    I am trying to do more things not related to anesthesia school and not feel guilty about it. Anesthesia school is overwhelming and I perform better when I take care of myself.

    Follow Nicole on Instagram @theburntoutnurse.


    Adrianna Silva
    Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center/Gonzaga University School of Anesthesia
    Issaquah, WA

    What is your wellness mantra?

    As SRNAs, we’re always crunched for time between clinical & studying for exams. When I’m feeling overwhelmed or guilty about my time the mantra “20 minutes or two miles” comes to mind. I can allow myself this time minimum or goal to detox & exercise.

    What are your wellness goals this year? 

    Diet, sleep, & exercise. If I commit to fueling my body with healthy meals, sleeping 7-8 hours to allow my body & mind to regenerate, & taking time to exercise to promote my physical and mental health, I know I’ll feel more balanced and energized.

    What kind of emotions do you experience during anesthesia school and how do you cope with those emotions?

    I’ve felt stressed, sleep-deprived, anxious, overwhelmed, nervous…yikes. To cope, I’ve prioritized fitness such as CrossFit, a quick run, bike ride, or spin which has been a life-saver. Sleeping 7-8 hours is also a game-changer. You deserve it.

    Connect with Adrianna on Instagram @a.silva.lining.


    Paige Rudolph
    Thomas Jefferson University

    Williamstown, NJ

    What kind of emotions do you experience during anesthesia school and how do you cope with those emotions?

    In anesthesia school, we are isolated from our normal everyday lives as we grind through clinical and DNP courses, and the pandemic has made that detached sensation feel even more apparent. Giving myself one day off during the week has been helpful!

    What are your wellness goals this year?

    This year I intend to make self-care a priority even as school gets busy! It’s important to give yourself time to breathe and do things that make you happy, for me that’s seeing friends and working out.

    What is your wellness mantra?

    “Think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive, to think, to enjoy, to love.” -Marcus Aurelius

    Connect with Paige on Instagram @paige_allyson3.


    Jessica Schell
    Thomas Jefferson University
    Staten Island, NY

    What kind of emotions do you experience during anesthesia school and how do you cope with those emotions?

    Anesthesia school brings out every emotion possible. From excitement and happiness to anxiousness and exhaustion. I cope with all of these emotions through exercise to blow off steam and breathing activities to ease my anxiety.

    What are your wellness goals this year?

    My wellness goal this year is to prioritize my time management skills in order to adequately and efficiently devote time to myself weekly, while also allotting enough time for studying.

    What is your wellness mantra?

    If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you. – Fred DeVito

    Follow Jessica on Instagram @jessicaaschell.


    Samantha Offenback
    Drexel University
    New Jersey

    What kind of emotions do you experience during anesthesia school and how do you cope with those emotions?

    Some days I feel excited, confident & proud of my new skills; other days I feel down, anxious and awkward. What helps is staying positive no matter what & learning from your mistakes.

    What are your wellness goals this year?

    I’d like to spend more time with my nieces and nephews, as well as focus on my physical wellness. My physical wellness went to the wayside last year & it is so important to overall well-being.

    What is your wellness mantra? 

    Don’t sweat the small stuff! It’s hard not to get hung up on little mistakes you’ve made, but it really is best if you just brush it off, learn from it, & move on.

    Connect with Samantha on Instagram @sam_oxo.


    Zach Henry
    Thomas Jefferson University
    Morton, PA

    What does wellness mean to you?

    Wellness is about taking care of myself. It means stepping away from the demands of school and doing things that recharge me.

    What do you think wellness is, and what does wellness look like for you?

    Wellness is the result of investing time in myself. It means getting enough sleep, eating well, taking breaks, learning to cook something new, watching a movie, going for a run, or cranking up some good music.

    What is your wellness mantra?

    My mind is my most important tool, treat it well.

    Follow Zach on Instagram @xaquriah.


    Mina Youm
    Thomas Jefferson University
    New Jersey

    What are your wellness goals this year?

    My wellness goals for this year are to give myself earlier “hard-stops” at the end of each night of studying, to get more sleep, and to plan things during breaks so that I have something to look forward to on my time off.

    What does wellness mean to you?

    Wellness to me is to take time to reflect on my mental, physical, and spiritual self. Wellness requires action and conscious effort.

    What do you think wellness is, and what does wellness look like for you? 

    Wellness is taking care of yourself as a whole; for me, wellness is making sure I have enough rest, giving myself breaks (the work will always be there), exercising, seeking counseling, spending time with loved ones & having time away from school.

    Connect with Mina on Instagram @youranesthesiafriend.


    Abby Stewart
    Duke University
    North Carolina

    What are your wellness goals this year? 

    Focusing on doing all things with intention personally and professionally. Being engaged and mindful of what I’m doing in the present moment.

    What kind of emotions do you experience during anesthesia school and how do you cope with those emotions?

    Accomplishment: attempt to enjoy it without self-criticism. Discouragement and frustration: reframe to focus on the opportunities they reveal. Homesickness: scheduled video chats and phone calls with friends and family.

    What do you think wellness is, and what does wellness look like for you?

    Recognition of my needs and confidence that I can access resources to address those needs. Contentment in the present state, even if it is not ideal. Patience with myself and others. Prioritizing time for mental and physical health. Getting outside.


    Khadijah Lyons
    Advent Health University
    Orlando, FL

    What does wellness mean to you?

    Wellness to me is defined as prioritizing your wellbeing FIRST. This may mean closing the books early for a 45 min gym break. Its imperative that I walk into the clinical setting as the best version of myself to ensure optimal care for my patients.

    What is your wellness mantra?

    You cannot pour from an empty cup!

    What are your wellness goals this year?

    To maintain a healthy balanced diet, ensure a minimum of 7 hours of sleep nightly (even with clinical AND didactic), and to always put my health FIRST.

    Connect with Khadijah on Instagram @khadijahlyons.


    Renae Oliver
    UW – Oshkosh
    Appleton, WI

    What does wellness mean to you?

    To me, wellness is an all encompassing term for mental, physical, emotional, psychological, & spiritual happiness, free from stress.

    What are your wellness goals this year?

    Taking time each day to clear my mind & give myself a break. Daily self-care: running, working out, watching a show, going to a football game, cooking a new recipe, spending uninterrupted time with my husband & friends.

    What is your wellness mantra?

    “One day at a time” Often I find myself looking at the future: when I finish that clinical site, when I pass that class, when I graduate… these thoughts can be overwhelming, so I try & focus on doing my personal best in the present, each day.

    Follow Renae on Instagram @renaeoliver19.


    Kaitlyn Cox
    Texas Christian University
    Texas

    What are your wellness goals this year?

    My wellness goals this year are to exercise each day, eat more fruits and vegetables, and take 20 minutes to read a book for pleasure each night.

    What does wellness mean to you?

    Wellness to me is using nutrition and physical activity to maintain a healthy body and mind. It is loving your body for what it is today, but planning and preparing for the future to reduce chronic disease.

    What kind of emotions do you experience during anesthesia school and how do you cope with those emotions?

    During anesthesia school I feel stressed and overwhelmed. I combat these negative emotions with exercise, spending time with or talking to friends and family, playing with my dog, and spending time outside.

    Connect with Kaitlyn on Instagram @katiemarie_srna.


    Allison Gold
    Florida International University
    Miami, FL

    What do you think wellness is, and what does wellness look like for you?

    Wellness it putting yourself first, whether it’s a walk to get a coffee, a skincare routine every morning, or a yoga flow after clinical. Wellness is choosing to put your mental health first, and letting go of the fear of unknown.

    What kind of emotions do you experience during anesthesia school and how do you cope with those emotions?

    Anesthesia school has been a whirlwind of emotions. Stress, nerves, excitement, doubt, and a feeling of being overwhelmed all the time. I try to take one day at a time and stay on top of the work for each week.

    What does wellness mean to you?

    Wellness means everything to me. You have to be in a good mindset and steady state of well being to perform at your best which is necessary in the operating room.

    Follow Allison on Instagram @allie_gold.


    Seeta Spence Banfield
    University of South Florida
    St. Petersburg, FL

    What is your wellness mantra?

    B is for Balance.

    What does wellness mean to you?

    I believe that wellness covers an intersection of mind, body, and soul. I feel most balanced when they are all taken care of. So while I may be physically fit, if I am not emotional or mentally balanced I still have work to do.

    What kind of emotions do you experience during anesthesia school and how do you cope with those emotions?

    Anesthesia school can involve a rollercoaster of emotions, both good and bad. The way I cope is by taking time to reflect on what I’m feeling and how I can use the experience to grow. These reflections can be 30 seconds or 30 minutes of my day.

    Connect with Seeta on Instagram @studentrepseeta.


    Jhamiel Robles Phan
    Midwestern University
    Phoenix, AZ

    What kind of emotions do you experience during anesthesia school and how do you cope with those emotions?

    We’ve all heard the saying, “anesthesia school is intense”, but these don’t necessarily mean much until you’re in the waters yourself. With that said, I learned that handling my time wisely was the best advice I got. Time becomes your greatest asset.

    What are your wellness goals this year?

    This year, my goal is to purposefully give myself breaks in between studying and being mindful of the times I’ve allowed myself to de-stress and unwind from the day’s activities. It will be intentional living from here on out for me.

    What does wellness mean to you?

    Changing ones’ perspective makes a whole difference. It transforms you from the inside out. Be kind to yourself and accept the past, learn from it, and set your goals for your future, then focus on what is now. Maintaining that balance is wellness.

    Follow Jhamiel on Instagram @Beat_To_Beat_Training_llc.