2018 NANA Spring Conference Schedule

April 27-29, 2018 | Embassy Suites Omaha - Downtown/Old Market

The 2018 NANA Spring Conference will be April 27-29, 2018 at the Embassy Suites Omaha - Downtown/Old Market. Attendees will have the opportunity to earn 20 CEUs as well as attend an optional social event and PAC fundraiser Friday evening (Click here for the information regarding the social event and PAC Fundraiser!). This is an excellent opportunity to network with peers and complete continuing education requirements that will be useful to guide your anesthesia practice.

Early Bird Conference Registration ends Friday, March 30, 2018. 

Lodging information is listed below.  Complimentary parking at the hotel.

Full Program Conference Registration includes: 
• Admission to continuing education courses
• AANA recording of CEs
• Saturday Membership Meeting & Lunch
• All breaks & refreshments
• Continental breakfasts on Saturday & Sunday

Daily Conference Registration includes: 
• Admission to continuing education courses
• AANA recording of CEs
• All breaks & refreshments
• Continental breakfasts (if registering for Saturday & Sunday)

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

REGISTERING NOTE: Please enter the number of tickets you are purchasing next to the ticket name on the registration page. 



12:30-1:00 pm | Registration

1:00 - 2:00 pm | ERAS | Kyle Ringenberg, M.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Anesthesiology, Director of Liver Transplant Anesthesia, Nebraska Medicine
This lecture will cover Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS); focusing on the specific anesthesia components and evidence of ERAS.

2:00 - 3:00 pm | ERAS Protocols for Total Knee & Hip Arthroplasty | Laura Oseka, DNAP, CRNA
This lecture will examine the evidence and provide practice recommendations on anesthetic management strategies that support early mobility and improved pain management for the patient undergoing elective total knee or hip arthroplasty.


3:00 - 3:30 pm | Break 

3:30 pm - 5:30 pm | Anesthetic Considerations in Endocrine Surgery |  Abbey Fingeret, MD
This lecture will review the anatomy of the thyroid and parathyroid glands and examine the indications for and complications of thyroidectomy and parathyroidectomy.  Also, the process of intraoperative neural monitoring will be described along with the purpose of intraoperative parathyroid hormone assays and the anatomy and physiology of the adrenal gland. This lecture will also review the preoperative preparation for pheochromocytoma or paraganglioma.


5:30 pm - 6:30 pm | Pediatric Anesthesia | Maria Michaelis, MD
This lecture will discuss the anatomical features of the pediatric airway and how to do an airway assessment, the normal fluid requirements and blood replacement formulas, the developmental physiology of the pediatric patient, and the most common diseases that affect a newborn.

7:00 pm - 11:00 pm | PAC Event | Friday Evening Social Event/PAC Fundraiser - NANA MEMBERS ONLY
The Annual Friday Evening Social Event/PAC Fundraiser will be held at  Blatt Beer and Table - North Downtown. This event will serve as a fundraiser for NANA’s Political Action Committee. Because contributions to the PAC are limited to NANA members, registration for this Friday evening event is limited to NANA members. However, conference registration is not required in order to register for the PAC event. You may buy tickets separately for the Friday evening event. Members may purchase tickets for guests.
Click here to register for the Social Event | PAC Fundraiser!


6:45 am - 7:30 am | Breakfast with Vendors & Registration

7:30 am - 8:30 am | Exparel (Liposomal Bupivacaine) as an Adjunct to Regional Anesthesia & Acute Post-op Pain | Sallie Poepsel, PhD, MSN, CRNA, APRN 
This lecture will describe the pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of liposomal bupivacaine (Exparel) and its role as an adjunct to multimodal pain management.


8:30 am - 9:30 am | Maternal Mortality: Startling Trends |  Cathleen Peterson-Layne, MD, PhD
This lecture will discuss the trend in US maternal mortality, leading causes of maternal mortality in the US, and describe the maternal care bundles for hypertension in pregnancy and maternal hemorrhage.

9:30 am - 10:15 am | Break with Vendors

10:15 am - 11:15 am | OB Anesthesia Potpourri for the General Provider | Cathleen Peterson-Layne, MD, PhD
This lecture will describe opiate-sparing post-cesarean analgesia regimen and discuss options for preventing hypotension with spinal anesthesia for cesarean and the role of tranexamic acid in care of the obstetric patient.

11:15 am - 12:15 pm | CRNA- provided Anesthesia Services: Knowing What You're Worth | Sallie Poepsel, PhD, MSN, CRNA, APRN 
This lecture will specify and describe the requisite elements in determining the value of anesthesia services as these relate to billable and projected reimbursements.

12:15 pm - 1:15 pm | Lunch with Vendors

1:15 pm - 2:15 pm | 2018 NANA Update
A one hour review, discussion and question and answer period involving an overview of professional health care policies and current advocacy issues and their impact at the state level.

 2:15 - 3:15 pm | AANA Update 2018 | Sallie Poepsel, PhD , MSN, CRNA, APRN, AANA Region IV Director  
 A review of select practice trends and the projected impact on the nurse anesthesia profession based on current available AANA data.

3:15 - 4:15 pm | VA Study on Preventing Pneumonia | Kellyn Nieland, MS, CRNA & Jim Clements, BSN, SRNA
A discussion on the research describing the role of oral decontamination with mouthwash and post-operative pneumonia and the implementation of a protocol to reduce the incidence of postoperative pneumonia.

4:15 - 4:30 pm | Break 

4:30 - 6:30 pm | How to be an Effective Clinical Preceptor | Sharon Hadenfeldt, PhD, CRNA & Holly Chandler, MS, CRNA
This lecture will describe effective methods for teaching the novice, intermediate, and advanced SRNAs in the clinical area and discuss overcoming common barriers to creating an effective learning environment.

6:30 - 7:30 pm | Vasoactive Pharmaceuticals |  Andrew J. Patterson, M.D., Ph.D., Professor, Critical Care Anesthesiologist, University of Nebraska Medical Center
This lecture will discuss the physiologic determinates of blood pressure and describe the regulation of cardiac output and vascular tone and help to identify and characterize drugs that increase blood pressure.


7:00 - 7:30 am | Breakfast & Sign-in

7:30 - 8:30 am | Mt. Everest Results |  Bradley A. Fremming, MD, Pharm.D., Anesthesiologist and Assistant Professor in the Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Nebraska Medical Center / Nebraska Medicine 
A deeper look into the world-renowned group Xtreme Everest and the high altitude human physiology research performed during a month-long endeavor at the Mount Everest Base Camp.

8:30 - 9:30 am |  The Pregnant OR worker:  Separating Myth from Fact |  Tom S. Davis, CRNA, MAE, former Chief of the Division of Nurse Anesthesia at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore
Women of 
childbearing age commonly work in the operating room in a variety of roles and pregnancy is not uncommon.   Accomplishing the caseload and maintaining patient flow while protecting the mother and baby can be challenging.  This talk discusses occupational hazards to the pregnant worker and Federal laws protecting her while separating fact from fiction.

9:30 - 9:45 am | Break 

9:45 - 10:45 am | Social Media in Anesthesia:  Advantages and Dangers | Tom S. Davis, CRNA, MAE, former Chief of the Division of Nurse Anesthesia at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore

We live in a time and place in history where we live our lives through mobile devices.  This talk describes creative ways to use mobile devices to enhance patient care and workflow. Despite all of the advantages mobile devices can provide, they pose a risk to the patient. Understanding both positive uses and potential dangers are important to all frontline healthcare providers.

10:45 - 11:45 am | Patient Safety: Achieving Zero Defects | Tom S. Davis, CRNA, MAE, former Chief of the Division of Nurse Anesthesia at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore

In 1999 it was reported that up to 98,000 deaths occur annually due to medical error.  Now, 17 years later, the statistics have not significantly changed.   This talk identifies root causes of medical error and explores ways to use lessons learned from other industries to improve patient safety.  There is a strong focus on collaborative teamwork and the need for commitment to the vision of zero defects.

11:45 - 12:45 pm | Frontline Leadership; Building the Right Team | Tom S. Davis, CRNA, MAE, former Chief of the Division of Nurse Anesthesia at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore

Frequently the all-star frontline caregiver is promoted to a leadership position based on their ability to provide patient care. They tend to be very good people, however, they have no management or leadership training.  This talk discusses various aspects of leadership to include leadership styles, team building, communication and conflict resolution.

12:45 | Announcements & Adjourn    


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There is a block of rooms available at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Omaha – Downtown/Old Market. Rates for a single or double room are $149.00 (+tax). To receive this rate, you must make your reservation by March 30, 2018. 

There are two options for making a reservation:

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

Refund Policy

Refund Policy: A refund, less $100 administration fee, will be given for all written requests received by the NANA office through April 18, 2018. Refund requests received after April 18, 2018, will be reviewed by the NANA Board. All refunds will be mailed within 30 days after the conference. You may send a substitute in lieu of refund by informing the NANA office in writing at No refunds for Friday night event registrations.