Ep 197: Healthcare Provider Wellness and Self-Care


If COVID taught us anything, it’s that it’s just as important for healthcare workers to take care of their own health as it is to take care of others. It’s a shift away from how we’ve always thought about providing care, but it’s necessary for the wellness of CRNAs and all workers. Today we’ll talk with Matthew Zinder, CRNA, who is a co-founder of the upcoming Provider Wellness Symposium, about tips and suggestions for improving yourself and we’ll find out more about what his event will offer.

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

On This Episode:

The priority for all healthcare workers is to provide care for others and make sure their needs are being met, but in doing so, we often overlook our own well-being.

On this episode, we want to focus the attention on provider wellness and taking care of our own health. To help us with that, we’ve invited Matthew Zinder, CRNA onto the show. He owns an anesthesia practice in Maryland that his father started 38 years ago. Interestingly enough, his father was the first CRNA to bill for his own services after legislation changed in the early 1980s.

Matthew started taking a bigger interest in provider wellness about seven years ago and it seems COVID has made that a priority for everyone in the healthcare industry now. He has plenty of tips and suggestions on how to take care of yourself. He also will tell us more about the Provider Wellness Symposium, which has partnered with the AANA for the event.

Here are some of the things you’ll learn on this show:

  • Background on this anesthesia business and how he began focusing on provider wellness. [3:08]
  • What strategies does he utilize for wellness. [9:19]
  • How to take the time to take care of yourself. [11:05]
  • Details on the Provider Wellness Symposium and AANA’s involvement. [17:02]
  • Ways to change the culture within the industry. [22:04]
  • How they’re helping with student wellness. [28:45]
  • What his parting message is for everyone. [36:36]

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

If you actively meditate one minute, you’ve meditated that day. Now, I generally recommend between five and 15 minutes a day. But one minute, there’s no excuse for not giving yourself one minute.

-Matthew Zinder, CRNA






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