Student Wellness

Welcome to the Student Wellness portion of the AANA website! My name is Sara Wilkinson, BSN, RN, CCRN. I am a student at the University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center, in the nurse anesthesia program. I am proud to be your AANA Student Health and Wellness Representative for Fiscal Year 2018 (September 2017– August 2018). 

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

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A little about me, I love to run, bike and hike. Growing up as a Northwest kid, I could either go skiing in the mountains or walk on the beach, depending on which way I turned my car for the day. I love the outdoors and would rather spend my time exploring new trails and areas than almost anything.

For mental health, I enjoy playing my harp and piano. Playing and listening to music has been a great boost and lets me relax for a few minutes. I have friends who listen to certain composers during their study time to help them focus. 

I believe in the importance of keeping a healthy balance between mind, body, and soul. I have seen many students STUDY, study, study; only to either have health issues or need mental health support. While we all recognize the need to learn and develop our skills, it is important to take time to relax and take a break. I have seen students fail, not because they didn’t have the knowledge, but because they have gone beyond their endurance and developed other problems.

It is important to develop a support system and find time for small, pleasant breaks. A run with my dog along different trails or walking on the trails near the Mississippi River give me a fresh perspective and much needed recharge. I would love to hear about what you like to do to relieve stress or what is fun for you to do to take a break. Many of us are looking for different ideas.

Finally, I would like to suggest utilizing many of the fine resources that AANA has developed for you, linked below. SRNAs have heavy responsibilities, including a significant amount of stress to manage and information to absorb. Be reassured that others have faced the same challenges you are facing, and that there is an end to the "student" portion of SRNA.

If you have tips, tricks, or suggestions that you'd like to share, or need additional resources or ideas, please contact us at 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.