Hi again @vhall,
Yes, it makes sense, because you are both an Admin and user that you'd be trained to go to that left bar, as the left bar is the main navigation interface while data modeling.
From anywhere in XD, Admins can use their User menu to access Admin tools, or even Discourse:
Also, both the (in the screenshot above) green System Status icon next to the menu and the Monitor Cluster Health is linked to the Monitor: System panel, where you can check your cluster's node statuses.
These facilities can be easy to overlook, if you spend your day-to-day modeling.