2019 NANA Spring Conference Schedule | April 26-28, 2019

Embassy Suites by Hilton Omaha La Vista Hotel & Conference Center

The 2019 NANA Spring Conference will be April 26-28 at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Omaha La Vista Hotel & Conference Center. Attendees will have the opportunity to earn 20 CEUs as well as attend an optional social event and PAC fundraiser Friday evening. This is an excellent opportunity to network with peers and complete continuing education requirements that will be useful to guide your anesthesia practice.

This program has been prior approved by the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists for 20.00 Class A CE credits; Code Number 1037058; Expiration Date 4/28/2019.

Early Bird Conference Registration ends April 12, 2019. 

Click here for lodging information. 

Full Program Conference Registration includes: 
• Admission to continuing education courses
• AANA recording of CEs
• Saturday 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 for day registered
• Continental breakfasts (if registering for Saturday & Sunday)
• Lunch (if registering for Saturday)

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


FRIDAY April 26 (5 CEs)

12:30 pm – 1:00 pm | Registration

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm | Opiate Crisis | Allison Dering-Anderson, Pharm D & Kevin Borcher, Pharm D
This program will focus on the opiate crisis in the United States.  It will include a comparison of Nebraska to the rest of the country as well as the US to the rest of the world.  An emphasis will be placed on recommendations to avoid substance use disorder in patients with pain.

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm | Prescription Drug Monitoring Program | Allison Dering-Anderson, Pharm D & Kevin Borcher, Pharm D
This program will discuss the Nebraska Prescription Drug Monitoring Program.  It will focus on how Nebraska’s program differs from other programs around the country.  It will also include a robust discussion of inter-state PDMP programs and access by law enforcement.

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm | Clinical Considerations in Neuromuscular Blockade Management | Mary A. Golinski, PhD, CRNA
This course will Review the most recent clinical data for Bridion (sugammadex) Injection.

4:00 pm – 4:15 pm | Break

4:15 pm 5:15 pm | Anesthetic Management of the Patient with Sepsis: The SSC, Guidelines, and the Scientific Evidence | Mary A. Golinski, PhD, CRNA
This course will recognize and acknowledge the most current updates to the original Surviving Sepsis Campaign clinical management guidelines specific to anesthesia management for the patient with sepsis.

5:15 pm 6:15 pm | Evidence based trauma anesthesia care: Considerations, complexities, opportunities for improved outcomes | Mary A. Golinski, PhD, CRNA
This course will acknowledge the ATLS approach to resuscitation for life threatening injuries that necessitate emergent surgery and anesthesia for blunt and penetrating trauma, and TBI. And, express comprehension of the current evidence- based treatment modalities for the trauma victim including, but not limited to, hemorrhage, hypovolemia, hypothermia, coagulopathy, and trauma induced acidosis.   

7:00 pm 11:00 pm | Friday Evening Social Event/PAC Fundraiser
This event will serve as a fundraiser for NANA’s Political Action Committee and will feature appetizers, drinks, games, silent auction, and FUN!  Admission requires a $100/person contribution to NANA PAC for CRNAs ($50/person contribution from SRNAs). Two drink tickets included with each registration. Click here to register and for more information. 



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

7:30 am - 8:30 am |  Extracorporeal Life Support (ECLS): Types of Support and Implications for Anesthesia | Shaun Thompson, MD
Extracorporeal life support (ECLS) also known as extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, is becoming a more common form of life support implemented in specialized centers in intensive care units.  It is not uncommon for these patients to require emergent or urgent surgeries while they are on this type of support. This situation is a unique situation for the anesthesia provider as there are many permutations and differences in management that must be performed in order to care for these patients effectively.

8:30 am - 9:30 am | Mechanical Ventilation in the OR: Current Evidence and Recommendations | Shaun Thompson, MD
There still remains much controversy in the management of mechanical ventilation for patients in the intraoperative arena. Much research has been performed in this area and has suggested modes and settings of ventilation that may be more beneficial for patients undergoing general anesthesia. The purpose of this discussion is to review the current literature regarding intraoperative mechanical ventilation and also discuss lung protective mechanical ventilation.

9:30 am – 10:15 am | Vendor Break

10:15 am  11:15 am | CRNA Job Search: Resumes, CVs & Interviews | Garry Brydges, DNP, MBA, ACNP-BC, CRNA
The topic provides some common pitfalls and best practices in job interviews. The new federal government changes to reimbursement will add new parameters to conducting job searches and an effective interview skills. The topic provides a standard approach to interviews for CRNAs.

11:15 am  12:15 pm | Anesthesiologist Assistants | Garry Brydges, DNP, MBA, ACNP-BC, CRNA
The healthcare anesthesia market forces continue to transform the clinical practice environments. The emergence of a third level of anesthesia providers causes a pause for anesthesia providers, hospital systems, legislators, and the public. The CRNA must develop awareness regarding anesthesiologist assistants and the role of a CRNA.

12:15 pm 1:15 pm | Lunch and time with exhibitors

1:15 pm 2:15 pm | Politics & Policy - Speaking to your legislator | Garry Brydges, DNP, MBA, ACNP-BC, CRNA
The CRNA can be an effective change agent in healthcare delivery though participation in the legislative process. The CRNA exerts significant impact on policy development and implementation by navigating the political process strategically. This topic provides the CRNA with an understanding of process and perspectives when interacting with your legislator.

2:15 pm 3:15 pm | AANA: The Value of Membership | Garry Brydges, DNP, MBA, ACNP-BC, CRNA
The presentation will include the AANA and membership demographics and provide an update on current issues affecting the AANA and the nurse anesthesia profession. The AANA update will provide information on support services for state associations and how CRNAs can maximize the value of their membership investment.

3:15 pm 4:15 pm | Pediatric Anesthesia Management: Evidence Based Practice 2018 | Sal Ciresi, CRNA, PhD
Prepare an anesthetic plan that meet the needs of the neonate, infant and child based on their anatomical and physiological differences Identify key variables in the preanesthetic assessment that play a major role in developing and anesthetic strategy.

4:15 pm – 4:30 pm | Break

4:30 pm 5:30 pm | Obstetric Comorbidities- Are You Ready for the Challenge? | Sal Ciresi, CRNA, PhD
This course will identify the anesthetic risk factors associated with pre-eclampsia, eclampsia, and gestational diabetes; and discuss factors predictive for uterine growth retardation.

5:30 pm 6:30 pm | Bariatrics: A Weighty Anesthesia Challenge | Sal Ciresi, CRNA, PhD
This course will define overweight, obesity, and morbid obesity; examine the cardiopulmonary changes associated with morbid obesity and their implications for anesthetic management, identify the best physical measurement as a predictor of a difficult airway in the morbidly obese patient and discuss the ideal pharmacologic agents to select in managing the morbidly obese patient.

6:30 pm 7:30 pm | CPC Update | Steve Wooden, DNP, CRNA
The purposes of the NBCRNA Continued Professional Certification (CPC) Program presentation are to provide information related to the development and implementation of the CPC Program, explanation of the CPC Program components and allow the opportunity for interactive dialogue on the future of credentialing for nurse anesthetists.



7:00 am 7:30 am | Breakfast & Sign-in

7:30 am – 8:30 am | Review of Anesthetic Agents: Impact on Postoperative Cognitive Dysfunction | Sal Ciresi, PhD, CRNA
This course will list risk factors associated with the occurrence of postoperative cognitive dysfunction, describe the onset and symptoms of postoperative cognitive dysfunction, and list anesthetic agents that minimize the risk of developing postoperative cognitive dysfunction.

8:30 am  10:30 am | Non-surgical Pain | Steve Wooden, DNP, CRNA
Begin to explore the basics of interventional pain management.

10:30 am 10:45 am | Break 

10:45 am – 12:45 pm | Hoofbeats Are Not Always Horses: The Wild World of Neuroendocrine Tumors | Abbey Fingeret, MD
This course will recognize types of functional neuroendocrine tumors and their clinical syndromes, describe treatment modalities for neuroendocrine tumors, evaluate the benefits and limitations of therapeutic options, and identify the implications of functional neuroendocrine tumors on safe anesthetic and recovery.

12:45 | Announcements & Adjourn    


Refund Policy

For written refund requests received at least seven (7) days prior to the event (April 19, 2019), 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 Friday night event.