2017 NANA Spring Conference Schedule

April 21-23, 2017 | Embassy Suites - Omaha La Vista I Hotel and Conference Center

The 2017 NANA Spring Conference will be April 21-23, 2017 at the Embassy Suites - Omaha La Vista I Hotel and Conference Center. 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! You must login to register!). 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 April 4, 2017. 

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. 


FRIDAY, APRIL 21, 2017

12:30-1:00 pm | Registration

1:00 - 2:00 pm | ECT Update/PTSD & Anesthesia | Robert Langenfeld, MD, Assistant Professor, VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System
Appraise the impact of various anesthetic techniques on the effectiveness of electroconvulsive therapy. Evaluate interventions designed to mitigate exacerbations of post-traumatic stress disorders in the perioperative period.

2:00 - 4:00 pm | Going into the Business of Anesthesia & Cost Effectiveness Analysis - Lewin Group Study | Juan Quintana, CRNA, DNP, MHS, owner of Sleepy Anesthesia Associates, Winnsboro, Texas 
Session examining the business of Anesthesia. You will explore the issues relevant to starting a business in anesthesia; including comparative financial analysis, and an appraisal of anesthesia practice models in relation to sustainability, access, and quality outcomes. 

4:00 - 4:45 pm | Break with Vendors

4:45 pm - 5:45 pm | Anesthesia for Carotid Endarterectomy: Risks, Benefits, Alternatives | Julie Pearson, CRNA, PhD, CarolinaEast Med Center
An update of the currently recommended anesthetic techniques for carotid endarterectomy procedures. Monitoring and anesthetic alternatives are included.

5:45 pm - 6:45 pm | Student Journal of Nurse Anesthesia | Julie Pearson, CRNA, PhD
An overview of the International Student Journal of Nurse Anesthesia; covering the history of the journal and the significance of scholarly contributions by nurse anesthetists to the anesthesia community. 

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 the Courtyard Omaha-La Vista (attached to the Conference Center). 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 to the Friday evening event. Members may purchase tickets for guests. Click here to register for the Social Event | PAC Fundraiser!

The event will feature heavy appetizers,  a silent auction, special recognition of NANA past presidents, and a special guest.  Admission requires a $100/person contribution to NANA PAC for CRNAs ($40/person contribution from SRNAs). Two drink tickets are also included with each registration. Separate registration is required for the Friday evening event. It is NOT included as part of Spring Conference registration. Due to PAC reporting rules, separate payment is required, too. Plan to join us for a fun opportunity to socialize with colleagues, bid on silent auction prizes, and help support a key element of the association’s advocacy mission.


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

7:30 am - 8:30 am | Anesthesia & the Addicted Provider | Tim Glidden, CRNA, MS: Director Nurse Anesthesia University of Nebraska Center 
Session discussing the incidence of substance abuse among anesthesia providers, including examining the biochemical changes in the brain of the addicted individual, the impact that addiction has on the anesthesia provider, the patient, and society, and an overview of the recovery process and the role of the Peer Assistant. 

8:30 am - 9:30 am | Nebraska Licensee Assistance Program Services | Michelle Hruska, LIMHP, LADC, Counselor with Nebraska Licensee Assistance Program Services (NE LAP)
Session examining substance use assessments and referrals, including ad discussion regarding public safety, compliance monitoring, and alternative referral mechanisms. 

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

10:10 am - 11:10 am | Legal Aspects of Licensure Protection with Re-Entry After Substance Abuse | Erin C Duggan Pemberton, JD, MS, BSN, ST, Partner Wolfe, Snowden, Hurd, Luers & Ahl, LLP
Review the disciplinary process in general and then shift to the complications involved with diversion cases. This session will provide strategies and options for licensees during a DHHS investigation with potential or pending criminal charges and a broad overview of the drug court program and how it helps licensees in recovery and return to work.

11:10 am - 12:10 pm | Substance Abuse & the Legal, Ethical, & Reentry Process for CRNAs & SRNAs | Panel: Tim Glidden, CRNA, MS: Director Nurse Anesthesia University of Nebraska Center; Michelle Hruska, LIMHP, LADC, Counselor: Nebraska Licensee Assistance Program Services (NE LAP);  Erin C. Duggan Pemberton, JD, MS, BSN, ST
This session is an interactive panel discussion that will further examine the issues of substance abuse and its impact on the provider and the profession. 

12:10 pm - 1:10 pm | Lunch & Business Meeting

1:10 pm - 2:10 pm | Malignant Hyperthermia /Dantrolene | Juan Quintana, CRNA, DNP, MHS
Review pathophysiology and management strategies for triggering events of malignant hyperthermia, and describe relevant pharmacological treatment priorities. 

2:10 - 3:10 pm | Anesthesia Reimbursement and Compliance | Juan Quintana, CRNA, DNP, MHS
This session will explain reimbursement issues for anesthesia services, and including basic anesthesia billing concepts, a review of how practicing CRNAs can assess their own value within a practice setting and strategies to avoid billing compliance pitfalls. 

3:10 - 4:10 pm | Intraoperative Thyroid Storm | Aru Panwar, MD: Dept. of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
The session will focus on presentation of a patient exhibiting an intraoperative thyroid storm, surgical interventions, and interventions essential for the nurse anesthetist to manage patients intraoperatively.

4:10 - 4:30 pm | Break 

4:30 - 5:30 pm | Recurrent Laryngeal Nerve Monitoring in Thyroidectomy | Aru Panwar, MD: Dept. of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
Review the essentials of recurrent laryngeal nerve monitoring for thyroidectomy, including a discussion of the thyroid surgical procedure and the importance of recurrent laryngeal nerve monitoring to patient outcomes.

5:30 - 6:30 pm | Suggamadex | Sean Karre, MD, Assistant Professor Department of Anesthesiology, Omaha VA Medical Center
Review the new paralytic reversal agent, Suggamadex. The pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic properties of Suggamadex will be discussed, including a review of potential complications. 

6:30 - 7:30 pm | Perioperative Venous Air Embolisms | Jennifer Hansen, MD, Faculty Anesthesiologist at the Omaha VA Medical Center
This session will examine venous air embolism in the perioperative setting, including a discussion of the causes and pathophysiology of venous air embolisms as well as anesthesia management strategies. Case studies will be presented to demonstrate effective diagnosis and appropriate management. 

SUNDAY, APRIL 23, 2017

7:00 - 7:30 am | Breakfast & Sign-in

7:30 - 8:30 am | TEG & Point of Care Evaluation of Coagulation | Sheila Ellis, MD , Professor & Vice Chair of Faculty Development, UNMC Depart. of Anesthesiology & Medical Director of the PreAnesthesia Screening Clinic at Nebraska Medicine
Session analyzing the use of thromboelastography as a point of care measurement for coagulation status.  Common coagulation abnormalities will be reviewed as well as treatment options for abnormal thromboelastography results.

8:30 - 9:30 am | Preanestheisa Evaluation Guidelines | Sheila Ellis, MD
Session will provide an update of preanesthetic evaluation guidelines. Included in the discussion will be current NPO and laboratory test recommendations for preoperative anesthetic care and a discussion of risk assessment and their impact on modification of strategies for patient care.

9:30 - 9:45 am | Break 

9:45 - 10:45 am | Relax- Diastology is EasyKatie Goergen, MD, Assistant Professor, Department of Anesthesiology University of Nebraska Medical Center
Review the implications of diastolic dysfunction for anesthesia practice, describing echocardiogram measures for diastolic dysfunction and an assessment of anesthesia management strategies for patients presenting with diastolic dysfunction.

10:45 - 11:45 am | Anesthesia Mortality and Cardiac Arrest | Sheila Ellis, MD
An evaluation of history and current state of anesthesia causes of perioperative mortality and cardiac arrests.

11:45 - 12:00 pm | Break

12:00 - 1:00 pm | Integrating Emergency Manuals into Rural Hospital Practice Through Simulation | Nicholas C. Hall, DNP, CRNA
Session will identify the main three components to simulation practice and Describe the difference between high fidelity and low fidelity simulation. Also identify the purpose of the Stanford Emergency Manual Explain the four critical steps in facilitating a culture of change when introducing and implementing the Stanford Emergency Manual​​​​​​​

​​​​​​1:00 - 1:30 pm | Announcements & Adjourn    



There is a block of rooms available at the Courtyard by Marriott La Vista. Rates for a single or double room are $109.00 (+tax). To receive this rate, you must make your reservation by March 28, 2017. 

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 17, 2017. Refund requests received after April 17, 2017 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.