Student Wellness Homepage

Hello! My name is LT Colleen Spiri, CCRN, NC, USN. I am currently a student at the Uniformed Services University nurse anesthesia program. I am honored and excited to be your AANA Student Health and Wellness Representative for fiscal 2017 (September 2016– September 2017).

"Being outside and traveling helps remind me that the world is a big beautiful place."


See shared info below on SRNA stress and tips for healthy handling and finding balance. I love these easy listening "SRNA Lounge" Head of the Bed podcasts from Jon Lowrance, MSN, CRNA, WEMT on hardships during school, communicating with preceptors, school success strategies, etc:

One of the most important things you may need to learn during anesthesia school is the occupational risk of substance use disorder and that help is available:  

AANA Peer Assistance laminated wallet card to keep handy for when the need arises for a classmate, colleague, or yourself. Email to order (include your mailing address).


 SRNA Stress


​It's not your imagination - student nurse anesthetists are stressed!

"Stress in SRNAs is well documented in the current nurse anesthesia literature," according the Linda Stone, CRNA, MSN in the May 2012 Peer Assistance News column in the AANA NewsBulletin.  

More information and resources for what you can do about it:  

AANA's Physical Well-Being - practicing good health habits can often reduce 
stress and the physical and emotional symptoms too​. Also see Emotional and Mental Well-Being 

Healthy Eating Tips for SRNAs - September 2016 AANA NewsBulletin Wellness Milestones article


 Links for SRNAs


 Health & Wellness Contacts


LT Colleen Spiri, CCRN, NC, USN
Student Representative, Health and Wellness Committee

Michael Neft, DNP, MHA, CRNA, FNAP, FAAN - Chair, AANA Health & Wellness Committee

Peer Assistance in Your State 

Peer Assistance Advisors

AANA Peer Assistance Helpline
(800) 654-5167 
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Hotline
1 (800) 273-TALK
Anesthetists in Recovery (AIR)
Julie Rice, BA Manager AANA Health,
Wellness, and Peer Assistance Programs (847) 655-1114 or


 SRNA Newsletters:

​Fara Clark, prevoius former SRNA, shares FIU SRNA Health and Wellness newsletters:

Fara wrote these for FIU classmates, but these apply 
to any SRNAs, please share