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BALANCED ANESTHESIA WELCOME TO WELLNESS UPCOMING EVENTS Congratulations to the juniors and seniors for a job well done last year, and welcome to the Class of 2015! The start of a new school year brings up new challenges and opportunities for everyone, along with another opportunity to incorporate wellness activities into your life. Whether it be working hard to get yourself to the gym, spend more time with family or friends, or get more sleep, we all have something to work on for this upcoming semester.

WELCOME CLASS OF 2015 Everyone can use a little help when starting a new chapter in their lives! We have compiled a list of advice from the previous classes to help the new class. 


Stop competing with your classmates. You have made it into the program, and now you need to help each other through the program. CINCINNATI ZOO FESTIVAL OF  Set aside time every day to do something other than anesthesia LIGHTS (physical activity, reading, or spending time with friends/family). 11/23/2013-01/04/2014  The student rec center has classes ranging from yoga to spinning, dance to kick boxing, and many of them are free.  Be sure to get enough sleep.  Be kind to your friends and family, they may not understand what you are going though, but they will be there for you during and after the program.  Be proactive and ask for help from the upper classmen, CRNAs, or Dr. Ray Remember …. Anesthesia school will eventually end. You need to keep in touch with the people that help keep your life full for when life resumes after graduation! WELLNESS COMMITTEE MISSION STATEMENT The Wellness Committee has been established to encourage physical and mental well-being as well as productivity in the clinical area. The Wellness Committee will strive to provide opportunities for the purpose of decreasing overall stress level through physical, social, and artistic means as the adverse physiological and psychological effects of a prolonged increased stress level are well known.

BALANCED ANESTHESIA FALL ACTIVITIES WITH FRIENDS & FAMILY The season for outdoor activities, falling leaves, and pumpkin-spiced everything is coming! So now that the time for pool trips and sunbathing while studying is over, what can you do to make sure you still spend time with family and friends on the cheap? Let us help with some ideas!     

Apple picking with your friends. Make apple pies with those apples you picked! Go on a fall hike to see all the leaves turning fall colors. Bring along a thermos of hot chocolate! College football and NFL games are back! Have family and friends over with some appetizers and enjoy the game. Or go tailgate! Go on a hay ride and then pumpkin picking. Finish off the night carving jack o’ lanterns.

RECIPE CORNER EASY CROCKPOT ROAST BEEF Crockpots are a great way to make a delicious and hearty meal, without having to spend a lot of time in the kitchen. This is a nice meal that you can start cooking before you leave for the OR and should be ready to eat by the time you get home (and your kitchen will smell delicious). Ingredients:  Beef rump or round roast (about 3 lbs)  1 package of dry onion soup mix  ¼-1/3 cup of water  Dash of black pepper  Add carrots, potatoes, celery, onions, etc to customize your meal! Mix the soup mix and water together and add to the roast in the crockpot. Cook on low for 8 hours or until tender. You can make a gravy out of the beef drippings if desired.


MEET CARLY BREHM, RNSA 3, UNIVERSITY OF CINCINNATI Carly Brehm, RNSA 3, received her undergraduate degree in nursing from the University of Kentucky and has lived in Kentucky for the past nine years. Before entering the program, she worked in the SICU at University of Kentucky and in the ICU float pool. Here is what she has to say about maintaining wellness during anesthesia school. WC: How important do you think it is to continue to participate in activities you enjoyed pre-anesthesia school? CB: For me, maintaining my relationships outside of school was of the upmost importance, especially given that my husband, Ryan, has lived in Lexington during the program. So for me, getting home on the weekends has always remained a priority with Ryan, my siblings, and friends being there. WC: What kind of activities do you participate in outside of anesthesia school? CB: In addition to driving to Lexington, I enjoy going to the gym, running, and Pure Barre. I also love to spend time with my husband and our friends and family. We really enjoy trying new restaurants and going to the farmers market and church on the weekends. WC: What piece of advice concerning health and/ or wellness do you have for future anesthesia classes? CB: YES! I felt that during the first semester I was too busy studying so my exercise routine was cut back but I made an effort to continue spending time with my husband, friends, and family. While our hang out times may have been shorter than in the past, it was a great way to relax. My brother and sister are still in college so we often spent time together studying at the library or Starbucks. There were different times where my exercise time was less and I felt that it was more important to sleep or study with extra time. For some people, they would rather work out than sleep. You just have to judge that in yourself. When the days are long, identify what you can live without and let a few things slide during those heavy times and you will be able to pick back up when things are less busy. WC: Did you get any advice from anyone about maintaining wellness during anesthesia school from anyone that you found really helpful? What was it? CB: Anesthesia is you’re whole life right now but do not neglect everything that was in your life before school! One day (I promise!) school will be over and you will want to have a life/friends/family to return to!

TIPS FOR EATING HEALTH ON A BUDGET Being in school can give everyone a little sticker shock when going to the grocery store and buying healthy food. One of the most common complaints about eating healthy is that it can be expensive, but here are a few tips to getting food that’s good for you and not breaking the bank.  Buy frozen. Frozen fruits and vegetables are usually less expensive than fresh, but you get more and they keep better, and have less salt or sugar than canned. Also, frozen chicken breasts are less expensive than buying from the meat counter.  Avoid pre-made. When buying ground beef, purchasing premade beef patties from the meat counter is often more expensive than buying the ground beef and making it yourself (you can always freeze what you don’t need).  Buying lean/extra-lean ground beef can be expensive. Look to see if ground turkey or ground chicken are available.  Name brand vs. store brand. Store brand options are just as good, and often much less expensive  Look for coupons, sales, and compare to other local stores. Also, buyer loyalty cards may be worthwhile for additional savings.


WHAT’S GOING ON WITH WELLNESS Send us your photos to and we will put them in the next newsletter!

RNSAs (The Beer Blocks) after a softball game.

RNSA 3s enjoying Red River Gorge

RNSA 2, Brandon Embry, and Brian Kasson, CRNA at the AANA conference

Congratulations to the Class of 2013. Only a few months left! We know you feel like the owl to the right but it’s almost over!

Balanced Anesthesia September 2013  

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