The 2018 NANA Fall Conference will be October 12-14 in Lincoln at Bryan College of Health Sciences (1535 S. 52nd Street)

The NANA Fall Conference features top-notch local and national speakers, student presentations, case studies, and the NANA/AANA Update to keep CRNAs in Nebraska up to date on the latest in the industry. Following lunch Saturday will be the NANA business meeting. All Nebraska CRNAs and SRNAs are encouraged to attend. 

  • This program has been prior approved by the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists for 15.00 Class A CE credits; Code Number 1036653; Expiration Date 10/14/2018.
  • AANA designates this program as meeting the criteria for up to 6.00 CE Credits in pharmacology/therapeutics.

Following education Saturday, there will be an evening social event providing an opportunity for attendees and guests to connect or reconnect. More information will be released soon. Attendance at the social is complimentary for conference registrants. Conference registration is not required to attend the social. You can purchase tickets separately. More information is listed below in the schedule.

Early Bird Registration Ends September 28!

Full Program Conference Registration includes: 

  • Admission to continuing education courses
  • AANA recording of CEs
  • All meals, breaks & refreshments
  • Saturday Evening Social Event (RSVP required)

Daily Conference Registration includes: 

  • Admission to continuing education courses
  • AANA recording of CEs
  • Meals, breaks & refreshments for day attendee registered
  • Saturday Evening Social Event (RSVP required)


FRIDAY October 12, 2018 (4 CEs)

3:30 pm – 4:00 pm  \\ Registration // 

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm \\ 2018 State and Federal Issues Impacting Healthcare // Andy Hale, MPA, Vice President for Advocacy, Nebraska Hospital Association

This lecture will provide a review of the 2018 state legislative session and provide an update on federal issues impacting healthcare.

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm \\ Ischemic stroke management guidelines // William E Thorell, MD, Co-director of the Stroke and Neurovascular Center at Nebraska Medicine and Associate Professor of Neurosurgery at the University of Nebraska Medical Center

This lecture will review the technological advances that have allowed for the improvement of mechanical thrombectomy for acute ischemic stroke with larger artery occlusions and the data which has substantiated this as the standard of care for this disease process.

6:30 pm – 7:30 pm \\ Neurobiology of pain physiology and pathophysiology // Lois Stewart, Ph.D., CRNA Marian University

In this session, the physiology of nociception will be reviewed in detail, including pathophysiological alterations that set the stage for chronic pain.    

7:30 pm – 8:30 pm \\ Pharmacology of opioids and state of opioid crisis in the US // Lois Stewart, Ph.D., CRNA Marian University

In this session, there will be a review of general opioid pharmacology; there will also be an overview of the current state of the opioid crisis in the US.

SATURDAY October 13, 2018 (7 CEs)

7:00 am – 7:30 am \\ Registration //

7:30 am – 8:30 am \\ Multimodal Analgesia Alternatives // Lois Stewart, Ph.D., CRNA Marian University

In this session, multimodal analgesic therapies will be reviewed.  This review will focus on multimodal pharmacological interventions, rather than regional anesthetic techniques.

8:30 am – 9:30 am \\ Putting It All Together: Opioid Free Techniques: Case presentation(s) with discussion session // Lois Stewart, Ph.D., CRNA Marian University

The session will start with a case presentation detailing 1-2 patient care scenarios highlighting opioid-sparing or opioid-free techniques. The focus of the vignettes will be the interaction and discussion during the case presentations.

10:15 am – 11:15 am \\ Hemodynamic management of the hypotensive patient // Maulin Vora, MD, Assistant Professor, Anesthesiology and Critical Care, University of Nebraska Medical Center

This session will describe common etiologies of hypotension in the perioperative period and compare treatment modalities to manage hypotension in the perioperative period.  

11:15 am – 12:15 pm \\ Understanding CRNA Malpractice Insurance // John Fetcho, Director of AANA Insurance Services

A discussion regarding current malpractice insurance plans and coverages, including strategies to reduce risk and improve patient outcomes.

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm \\ AANA/NANA Update // NANA Board of Directors

A one hour review, discussion, and question and answer period related to professional health care policy and advocacy issues at the national and state levels along with NANA business.

2:30 pm – 3:30 pm \\ Pharmacogenomics in Anesthesia // Michael Burns, CRNA

This presentation will discuss the basics of pharmacogenomics and the variability in responses to medications.  Various anesthesia related pharmacogenomics will be discussed to assist the anesthesia provider in providing more individualized anesthesia care with improved outcomes, decreases hospital stays, and improved patient satisfaction.

3:30 pm – 4:30 pm \\ Acute Pain Service // Michael Burns, CRNA

This presentation will discuss the process of developing an Acute pain service and the day to day operation of a service within a community hospital model. The development and participation within a fracture team by anesthesia providers from the acute pain service. Case presentations for the management of Femur, ankle, humerus fractures.

5:00 pm - 6:30 pm \\ Saturday Evening Social Event // Piedmont Bistro by Venue (1265 S. Cotner Blvd #38, Lincoln, NE 68510)

Join your colleagues and friends Saturday, October 13 following the education, for a social event from 5:00-6:30 pm. It’s a great time to renew acquaintances and meet new CRNAs and SRNAs in a casual environment. The event features light hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. Conference registration includes the social event as a bonus.

**Conference attendance is not required to attend the social. If you would like to attend the Social only or if you want to bring a guest register online here last ticket option available or call the NANA office at 402.476.3852.** 

SUNDAY October 14, 2018 (4 CEs)

7:30 am – 8:00 am \\ Registration //

8:00 am – 9:00 am \\ Enhanced Recovery Protocols // Michael Burns, CRNA

This presentation will discuss various ERAS protocols for the following surgeries: Total Knee, Shoulder, and hip arthroplasty, Colorectal, Robotic Hysterectomy, Shoulder arthroscopic and Cesarean Sections.

9:00 am – 10:00 am \\ Ultrasound Assisted Neuraxial Anesthesia // Brad Mack, BSN, SRNA & Holly Chandler, MS, CRNA

Lecture and discussion of the anatomy of the lumbar spine, the recommended technique for pre-puncture ultrasound assessment, and the patient populations which benefit from ultrasound assessment prior to administration of neuraxial anesthesia.   

10:30 am – 11:30 am \\ Non-narcotic multimodal analgesia in head and neck surgery: Feasibility, Safety, and Impact on Physician Prescribing Practices // Aru Panwar, MD, FACS, Faculty, Department of head and neck surgical oncology, Estabrook Cancer Center, Nebraska Methodist Hospital

Head and neck surgical services have traditionally relied on opioid-based analgesics for postoperative care. However, opioid-based analgesia contributes to substantial burden of adverse effects and risk of addiction. There is growing interest in multi-modal analgesia techniques that rely on nonnarcotic agents to provide effective, safe and reliable pain control while reducing reliance on opioid prescriptions. This presentation will highlight the protocol and experience with multimodal analgesia in head and neck surgery, and report outcomes from feasibility and safety studies related to the same. Additionally, the association of multimodal analgesia with the reduction in opioid prescription practices will be demonstrated.

11:30 am – 12:30 pm \\ Utilization of Sphenopalatine Ganglion Blockade for Pain Relief // Amanda Nelson, BSN, SRNA & Matt Tritt, DNAP, CRNA

Lecture and discussion of the application of the sphenopalatine ganglion blockade technique for pain relief.


There is a block of rooms available at the Graduate Lincoln Hotel (141 North 9th Street, Lincoln, Nebraska 68508)

Rates for a Graduate King are $109.00 (+tax). To receive this rate, you must make your reservation by September 28, 2018. 

To make a reservation click here

If you have any questions or issues, please let us know (402/476-3852 or

Refund Policy

For written refund requests received at least seven (7) days prior to the event (October 5, 2018), refunds will be granted less 20% of the registration fee. Refunds will be issued following the event. Refund requests received less than 7 days preceding the event will be granted at the discretion of the Board. You may send a substitute in lieu of refund by informing the NANA office in writing at No refunds for the Saturday Evening Social. 

Questions? Please contact the NANA office: 402/476-3852 or