Ep 84: Promoting Professional Wellness with NCANA President Linda Stone, DNP, CRNA

Now more than ever, putting a focus on your wellness needs to be a priority for every CRNA. We all deal with stress and fatigue each day so giving our body a break is important. The good news is you’ll find a lot of resources and help from the professional organizations supporting CRNAs. Let’s find out more about those along with ways to improve wellness, and we’ll do it with NCANA President Linda Stone, DNP, CRNA. 

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

On This Episode:

There’s been a big push across the country to priortize wellness in the workplace and that’s also been a focus among CRNAs.

It couldn’t have come at a better time with everything that we’ve experienced and dealt with through the first half of 2020. It’s been an emotionally and physically demanding year for many people and it’s important that we keep our own wellness in mind even when there’s so much else going on.

Even without the COVID-19 pandemic, life as a CRNA can lead to burnout for many people. The long hours and dedication to our patients will wear down even the strongest CRNAs if we don’t take the time to rest our body and our minds.

With that said, we wanted to take time on this show to promote professional wellness and help you with ways to acheive that balance. To help us accomplish this, we spent some time with NCANA President Linda Stone, DNP, CRNA to learn more about how her organization, along with the AANA, are assisting members every day.

This is an important episode that we hope will drive home the value of wellness for a long, successful career and life.

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

[3:02] – Today we’re joined by NCANA President Linda Stone, DNP, CRNA

[4:30] – Why is professional wellness important for CRNAs?

[5:57] – Challenges in the workplace.

[6:53] – Recent studies show burnout is on the rise.

[8:41] – The issue of addiction.

[9:43] – Coping mechanisms for CRNAs to use.

[12:09] – Ways to develop a healthy workplace.

[15:36] – Resources available for students dealing with stress.  

[19:08] – That feeling when leaving a leadership role.

[21:52] – Here’s what the AANA offers for resources.

[25:14] – Closing thoughts from Linda.  


“Many of us feel like we have life on a hamster wheel and we need to get off of that. Everything is still going to be there after we’ve taken our break. You need a mental break.”

-Linda Stone, DNP, CRNA

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