Student Wellness

Welcome to the Student Health and Wellness website! My name is Kelly Gallant, the current FY19 student representative, coming from Northeastern University. I am currently in my second year starting clinical, so I can completely relate to the stress of everything being new, going from proficient to beginner, and near-constant studying. I would like to start off with the most important and critical resource—the AANA Peer Assistance helpline—available at (800) 654-5167. If you find yourself or a colleague struggling with drugs or alcohol it is imperative to help, as it may save a life.

Gallant, Kelly SRNA

As Google Scholar constantly reminds me, "we stand on the shoulders of giants"

A little about myself—I am not your typical “wellness” person. I loathe running. I serendipitously stumbled upon wellness after nursing school. I entered directly into a doctoral program, which was an interesting and highly stressful experience. Imagine week three as a new nurse, sitting around discussing transcendental idealism and Kant. I was in WAY over my head. I discovered over time I was not coping well, with no free time and no sleep. One of my cohort members was actually studying wellness and cognition, and I STILL did not understand how unwell I was!

I eventually made it to the dissertation phase, studying caregivers of those with pulmonary hypertension. As part of the process, I reviewed the literature on wellness, interviewed these individuals, and analyzed how they embraced wellness. Their results helped me complete and defend that dissertation, as well as substantially increase my own quality of life. Huge themes were finding time for self-care, appreciating time periods of good health, the importance of relationships and spirituality, and community interdependence… aka all the things I was NOT doing for myself. I began to live a little more purposefully at that point—appreciating everything, spending more quality time with family, going to Mass, swimming, going on long walks. This is all great, but the difficulty comes with execution. I think nearly everyone understands what makes them well, it is just incredibly difficult to find the time. I cannot express how important it is to find the time. Being a SRNA is temporary, and you must keep yourself healthy to see it through!

To be honest, I am struggling with balance between clinical and didactic work. This program is markedly different from a PhD. It is important to compromise- set aside a pre-established time for friends and family and DO NOT feel guilty about not studying. Allow yourself to go on the one mile walk instead of the six mile walk. I always sleep in on Sundays. Try to be a cohesive cohort of SRNAs—your peers are your most valuable resource! They understand everything you are going through, unlike family, and can support you or find help if you are struggling. SRNAs tend to be extremely competitive Type-A individuals, but try to set aside the competition and support your colleagues. Find support in family, friends, and mentors. As Google Scholar constantly reminds me, “we stand on the shoulders of giants.”

There are some helpful resources/links below, but if you need anything at all I am ALWAYS available to help, except on my Sunday sleep-in days (just kidding!). My email is gallant.k@husky.neu.edu, and I will do everything in my power to help. Being an SRNA is all about endurance; if there is anything I can do to help your marathon progress I would be honored.

If you have tips, tricks, or suggestions that you'd like to share, or need additional resources or ideas, please contact us at wellness@AANA.com. I look forward to the year ahead!

SRNA Stress

It's not your imagination - student nurse anesthetists are stressed! Information and resources for what you can do about it:

Health & Wellness Contacts

Links for SRNAs

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 freely.