Student Wellness Homepage

Welcome SRNAs,


Hello! My name is Fara Clarke, BSN, RN. I am a member of the Florida International University Nurse Anesthesiology Program, Class of 2014. I am honored and excited to be your AANA Student Health and Wellness Representative for fiscal 2014 (August 2013 – September 2014). 

Prior to embarking on an anesthesia 
professional career, I began as a PICU nurse and later spent several years as a travel nurse. I have been all over the country and my latest stop brings me to sunny Miami. The great weather and beautiful beaches do wonders for my mental wellness. I hope you can find something in your city that does the
same for you!  

Student Challenge - Do Something!
I would like to challenge you to collaborate with your classmates (and professors) on at least one wellness project. Invite the undergraduate nursing students to do a 5K with you, have a big healthy potluck dinner together, or volunteer to be socially responsible and bond at the same time. Connect with other SRNA’s from other schools in your city or state and find a way to promote health and wellness to members of your local community. Too stressed for something big? It can be as simple as taking a class trip to the beach or the zoo - having fun together will help keep you well.  It can be big or small; just do something! Don’t forget to tell me about your project and send pictures to share what your school is doing to stay well (Student Wellness Spotlight)

Student Stress

As a second year student at FIU, I appreciate how stressful this educational process can be. The AANA Health and Wellness program is committed to supporting the well-being of all members and believes that healthy habits developed early in nurse anesthesia schooling can help us be fit-for-duty professionals throughout our careers. Research indicates that SRNAs experience many symptoms of stress, but we can develop healthy coping behaviors instead of the unhealthy ways, which can quickly lead to many serious problems. ​ My goal as your student representative is to encourage you all not only to develop healthy ways of dealing with stress, but to also encourage you all to encourage each other as well.

I have written several newsletters (they are posted to the right) to help my FIU classmates deal with stress; some of the details are specific to our program, but there is a lot of useful info for everyone - so check them out and keep an eye out for more!
Resources for You

The AANA’s Health and Wellness and Peer Assistance resources are filled with information and links on social responsibility, physical and emotional wellness, workplace wellness, and how to get help for yourself and others when the issue is substance abuse or dependency.  You may not know this, but peer assistance help is available for students too!  Please take a few minutes to explore these pages and this student section in particular.

Be a Wellness Representative!

Marci Papiernik, last year's student rep, has done a great job by bringing students together through the Student Wellness Connection project. My goal is to 
continue this work, as well as expanding so SRNAs from all over the can connect. Let's have at least one wellness liaison from each NAEP so we can network and share information and ideas specific to us.  

  • If your program does have a student wellness representative, please email me your contact info, school, and graduation date to keep the list current.
  • If your program does not have a representative, ask your program director if you can volunteer and then send me your info!
  • Recruit others to join the movement (see some ideas on this page). 

I welcome any suggestions or to hear about wellness activities or related issues you’re experiencing. I've posted links to some of my favorite wellness websites (just to the right here), check them out and share if you see something you like! 

We work so hard taking care of others; let's not forget to take care of ourselves! 
Feel free to email me, I would love to hear from you! 

Be well,


 Links for SRNAs


 SRNA Stuff


Student Wellness Connection

Student Wellness Spotlight 

Check out the Spotlight to see what some classes are doing to stay well. Share what your program is doing, email:


 My Newsletters:

​FIU SRNA Health and Wellness newsletters:

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


 My Picks:

My picks:
Want to lose weight or get healthy? 
is great to help you keep on track of intake (food) and output (exercise) for physical well-being. Includes forums, blogs, healthy recipes, exercises, weight loss, and lifestyle tips. The mobile app syncs automatically. offers some great tips on wellness from a nurse's point of view, including a wellness tip of the day. Check it out!
Eating out is so good, but it's not always good for you! Eat This, Not That! Sign up for 
free weekly newsletter from Men's Health that helps you make calorie-saving choices.
Note: My picks are here for fun only and the AANA is not responsible for any content on these external sites.

 Health & Wellness Contacts


Fara Clarke, BSN, RN
Student Representative, Health and Wellness Committee

Sara Harmon, CRNA, MS
Chair, Health and 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)
(713) 201-3948
Julie Rice, BA Manager AANA Health,
Wellness, and Peer Assistance Programs (847) 655-1114 or