Ep 190: Using Neuroscience for Daily Direction and Coping Mechanisms


Each of us faces our own battles every day, some of which are much more difficult than others. No matter what mental health challenges you’re dealing with, finding ways to manage everything are so important for everyone. Susie Newell, DNP, CRNA, wrote a book recently about creating activities and mindsets to help people cope with mental issues and it’s all focused on neuroscience. She joins us today to share her research and what she’s learned during the publishing process.  

Check out the timestamps below to help you navigate through the many topics we discussed.

On This Episode:

Progress continues to be made in the area of mental health but there’s still a lot of work to do. Thankfully people like Susie Newell, DNP, CRNA, have used their expertise and experience to advance these efforts.

Today she joins us on the podcast to talk about a book she wrote over the last couple of years called The Path 365. Newell took her research into the world of neuroscience, where she identified the relationship between dopamine and endorphins and mental health issues, to create activities and mindsets that people can follow to improve the mind, body, and spirit.

As you get started on the episode, keep an ear out for these topics:

  • The motivation for the book and what it’s all about.
  • The process of writing the book and how long it took to complete.
  • The neuroscience behind substance abuse and addiction.
  • How she’s gone about creating a routine for her life.
  • Benefits of transitioning to an online format in the wake of COVID.
  • Are neuroscience and neuroplasticity related at all?
  • How they created a publishing company from this.
  • The meaning behind the title.
  • Who would benefit from reading this book and why.

Check out the interview at the top of the page and use the timestamps to help you navigate through the many topics we discussed.

[5:00] – Background on Suzie Newell

[6:42] – Her book

[10:01] – The neuroscience behind addiction

[15:23] – How she created a life

[18:34] – How COVID impacted the project

[20:34] – Neuroplasticity 

[23:33] – Breaking down neuroscience

[27:01] – Process of writing the book

[34:36] – The extra day

[37:13] – Creating a publishing company

[38:32] – The title

[42:25] – Who should read the book?


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“This book doesn’t preach at you. This book doesn’t say you have to do this and you have to do that. This book says, ‘Here is the idea. How would you do this everyday?’ And then it allows you to create your own path. So it is a book for everybody.”

-Susie Newell, DNP, CRNA





COVID-19 Pandemic

Ep 213: Moral Injury and Nurse Anesthesia

With the increased distress and rationing of care that arose during the COVID-19 pandemic, the topic of Moral Injury (MI) has started to garner much more attention in the world of healthcare. This repeated conflict between an individual’s morality and the management of care causes a deep emotional wound that often drives workers out of the profession altogether. Jerry Hogan, DNSc, CRNA wrote an article about this subject, so we’ve asked him to explain the effects of MI and how CRNAs can resolve this conflict.

Current Events

Ep 212: Thankful for the AANA and Its Ongoing Efforts for CRNAs

It hasn’t been the easiest year for a lot of people, but we know there’s still plenty to be grateful for as we approach another Thanksgiving. Specifically, we wanted to shine the light on the AANA and everything they do for our profession each year. New AANA President Angie Mund, DNP, CRNA is a friend of the show and someone we appreciate quite a bit so we wanted to spend some time with her on this holiday to talk about everything she’s hoping to accomplish over the next year.


Ep 211: Anesthesia Management for a Pheochromocytoma

We’ve had CRNAs and SRNAs ask us to give them the essential information needed to manage a particular case and today we’re going to do that with Pheochromocytoma. This is the second episode in our endocrine surgical procedures series and there will be some valuable info that you might find on exams as well. Here’s the power-packed episode for anesthesia management for a Pheochromocytoma that we hope you get a lot out of.




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