Well-being Word

February 10, 2023

The Well-being Word

February 10, 2023

Erin Herrera, CRNA
Erin Herrera, CRNA
Associate Vice-Chair of Well-Being

Brene Brown, one of the leading voices in modern leadership training, has an incredible quote I think about often.

Somehow we’ve come to equate success with not needing anyone. Many of us are willing to extend a helping hand, but we’re very reluctant to reach out for help when we need it ourselves. It’s as if we’ve divided the world into “those who offer help” and “those who need help.” The truth is that we are both.

Supporting others in their success and growth is a very important part of being on a team, however, it is equally important to have the courage to be vulnerable and open to asking for help for yourself. Whether personally or professionally, we all need the help, guidance, and support of others to be our best selves.

There are many ways we can show support to others. Actions as simple as showing emotional support by asking about someone’s day or voicing appreciation for what they do and how they contribute go a long way. However, some actions, like serving as a mentor, nominating someone for an award, or teaching benefit both the giver AND the receiver. We all have different and important skills we are able to share with our team, and that is very true for the amazing and diverse team we have here at WUDA!

This month the Women of WUDA (WoW) came together to find new ways to support each other better and celebrate each other’s successes. I hope that everyone can find inspiration and examples in this newsletter which highlights just some of the many tangible ways we can help each other grow and thrive.

Have the courage to ask for mentorship. Model vulnerability and ask for help when you need it. We all do sometimes. Set goals for yourself and voice them out loud. Do you need guidance in your development or information about supportive programs available? Please reach out at any time to me or Dr. Markowitz! We are here to support you.

Yours in wellness,


Women of WUDA

The Women of WUDA (Washington University Department of Anesthesiology), affectionately known as WoW, hosted its inaugural retreat at the Wild Carrot on Saturday, February 4. Over 100 women from the department joined together for a morning of professional development, wellness activities, and networking opportunities.

Celebrating Black History Month

During Black History month, we hope you have time to reflect on the many historical sacrifices and important contributions of Black Americans and join us in amplifying Black voices—past, present, and future. Click the button below to check out WashU’s programs in honor of Black History month.

Institute for Leadership Excellence

The university has created the Institute for Leadership Excellence, which will provide professional development opportunities for staff members across the university. Selection for two cohorts will begin in April. Sign up for the first cohort today (applications due 2/15)!

Supporting Colleagues of Color

Practical Tips for Combating Racism and Burnout
March 1, 2023, at 7:00 p.m. ET

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) will host its second annual Betsey, Lucy, and Anarcha Memorial Lecture. This year’s lecture will feature a live panel discussion. Panelists will share their experiences as practitioners in the field, what it means to be a supportive, antiracist colleague, and tools and strategies for combatting racism and burnout.

Calm Resources

You don’t have to go through challenging times alone nor do you have to constantly feel overwhelmed. Here are some recommendations from Calm’s sleep categories that you can try:

Caring For Your Grief: In times of loss and change, check out this nourishing meditation series to take care of yourself.

Feeling Helpless: When you feel helpless and uncertain about what’s up ahead, try this Daily Jay session for a guided meditation and find ways to go beyond seeking certainty in life.

A Gentle Container: Challenges are part of life but you have it within you to overcome them. Take a moment for this guided meditation practice to create an inner gentle container to hold your emotions.

Join one of the Calm App Webinars to learn how to get the most out of your Calm experience and bolster your overall well-being.


What is a PIA SAFE Champion?

Interested in joining PIA SAFE?

Our new member retreat is April 22, 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Check out the PIA SAFE website to learn more! And be sure to click on the link below to read the latest PIA SAFE newsletter.